The benefits of CBD oil for dogs (and other animals) are the same as for humans: we both have an endocannabinoid system. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, also known as the ECS. It works with the central and peripheral nervous systems and helps regulate most of the functions of the body. The endocannabinoid system is what helps an animal’s body maintain homeostasis (balance).
When a function or reaction in the body is not in balance, an improper response may be triggered. The animal's body automatically makes adjustments to put these functions back to normal status. However, if there is a cannabinoid deficiency present, the animal's body response to correct the deficiency, may not occur. Although the body produces endocannabinoids naturally, many people and animals are deficient. Hemp was common in our food supply, however due to many reasons it started to slowly drop off through the 1900s and is now no longer present.
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The endocannabinoid system was discovered in 1992. Researchers found that the functions affected by the system include:
~ Immune response
~ Inflammatory response
When your animal’s endocannabinoid system is in proper working order and body is correctly balanced, it helps maximize your animal’s overall health and wellness.
The endocannabinoid system works with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. CB1 receptors are found in the central nervous system and includes the spinal cord and brain. CB2 receptors are located in the immune system and major organs. When these receptors are activated, their purpose is to send appropriate messages to the various nerve cells so that balance (homeostasis) can be restored to that specific function in the body.