You would have to be living in a cave not to have heard all the talk about CBD oils, THC, legalizing marijuana etc. I know it can be confusing. Trust me, I had never studied about our endocannabinoid system and receptors, nor did I know our cats have the same! It can get a little scientific, so I am going to try to break it down for you to easily understand.
Cannabis, CBD and THC
There is much debate and stigma around these terms. I think it is important to understand their meanings and bust a few myths. Cannabis sativa is a general plant name. There are many different strains of this plant. Some strains make the federally illegal marijuana and others make hemp for industrial and therapeutic use. It is important to understand that the cannabis plant that makes industrial hemp is different than the plant that makes medicinal hemp.
In general, cannabis plants contain both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These are both medicinal compounds. CBD cannot cause a ‘high’ and THC is the psychoactive component that will cause a ‘high’. Products made with less than 0.3% THC are legal in all 50 states. These are the products I am going to talk about.
Whether you are religious or believe more in science, the fact is the same. Mother Earth has supplied us with everything we need to take care of ourselves. Using cannabis as medicine is not new. We are not the first civilization that has used this plant for it’s medicinal purposes. What’s great about modern technology and medical research is that we now have the technology to harness the medicinal properties of cannabis and to innovate pure products.
The Endocannabinoid System
So again, who knew there is a whole system in both human and animal bodies known as the endocannabinoid system? This system is located in the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves). The brain creates neurotransmitters called anandamide, otherwise known as endocannabinoids, that will go to different locations in the body to check and make sure the internal system is functioning properly, even if it’s under heavy stress.
The endocannabinoid system is also made up of receptors. These receptors bind CBD among other components of the cannabis plant. The cannabinoid receptors are found all throughout the body, including the brain, nervous system, and immune system. This system regulates important physiological functions such as immunity, mood, sleep, and pain.
What makes cannabis so special is that its active compounds can bind or influence these receptors. In the same way humans can benefit from the outcomes of CBD, so can your feline friends! A healthy and functioning body is really an enormous hub of communications that are being translated and forwarded to the right places. But in the polluted modern world we live in, full of stress and toxins, we are in many cases unknowingly suffering from an endocannabinoid deficiency.
CBD is just strengthening the natural physiological system whose entire job is to monitor, protect, and rebalance the internal systems. As this system is studied further, we will be able to understand why cannabis works so well for certain conditions, and we may also expand the scope of what cannabis may treat.
Conditions that CBD may Help
- Anxiety and Stress
- Gastrointestinal Issues/IBD
- Increased Immune Function
- Appetite Stimulation
- Chronic Respiratory Infections
Some are more serious health conditions than others such as feline diseases like pancreatitis, inflammatory
bowel disease, and asthma. CBD use in cats has shown to have good results. These are conditions where inflammation is often the root cause. CBD is largely known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, helping to fight both the root causes and symptoms.
More recent reports have also found that depending on the type of cancer, CBD may slow the progression and offer a cat an increased sense of well being. Each type of cancer has different properties and behavior and will respond differently to CBD, but it is definitely worth a try to comfort our cat or perhaps give them some more time.
The most common side effects are increased appetite and decreased anxiety, which in some cases is exactly what we may be looking for. Some cats can become sedate on CBD products as it promotes relaxation, and some may be more sensitive than others. Allergic reactions are always possible. Some cats that are allergic to grass can also be allergic to cannabis. This is rare but is a possibility.
With the market now flooded by CBD oil products, it is important to buy from a reputable company. Cats Meow Veterinary has chosen AJ's Coastal Bliss District. The company was founded to give people a holistic health choice in honor of one of the founder's grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer. Jessica began researching and learning of the benefits of CBD years ago in hopes of helping her grandmother. Dorothy Ann Carroll actually lived a better and longer life than the cancer doctors had predicted using CBD oil products! Here began the passion to help others in need of an alternative or addition to traditional medicines.
AJ's Coastal Bliss District offers CBD products naturally derived from organically grown hemp plants, shipped straight from Oregon. Everything is processed in the USA and 3rd party tested in the USA! The quality of their products is outstanding and they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Best of all, it is their mission to make their CBD products affordable! This goes right along with Cats Meow Veterinary's choice to offer veterinary services at reasonable prices as well.
Feel free to stop in and ask for Kim for more information.
Cannabidiol reduces seizures and associated behavioral comorbidities in a range of animal seizure and epilepsy models • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30588604
Is cannabis an effective treatment for joint pain? • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28967368
Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids