Loving to run around together outside or snuggle up next to each other on the couch aren’t the only things you and your four-legged friends have in common. In fact, from an internal standpoint, we’re quite similar to our dogs.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, interacts with a biological system in your dog called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Both humans and dogs have an ECS, and it functions the same way in both.
Watch the video above for a brief overview on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how CBD naturally works with it, and continue reading to learn even more.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Just as it does for you, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a vital role in regulating a range of processes in your dog – including sleep, appetite, mood, and maintaining a stable internal environment, known as homeostasis.
The ECS has three core elements:
- Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds that are crucial to the ECS and maintaining balance;
- Receptors that the endocannabinoid compounds bind to like a lock-and-key;
- Enzymes that regulate the endocannabinoid levels by generating the production of crucial endocannabinoid compounds, or breaking the compounds down.
If a dog's ECS is out of balance, they may display negative behaviors, including signs of stress. When your dog meets someone new at the park, for instance, maybe their heart begins to beat rapidly and they start to tremble. Once the perceived danger passes, their body produces increased levels of endocannabinoids to help calm them back down. When this system is not working properly, your dog may exhibit persistent anxious behavior.
How Does CBD Work Naturally with the Endocannabinoid System?
If you suspect your dog's system is out of balance, then this is where CBD can come into play. In addition to the endocannabinoids your dog naturally produces, the ECS can be stimulated by cannabinoids from external sources, including CBD. CBD does not directly bind to receptors but, instead, prevents enzymes from breaking down the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids so that they can have more of an impact.
Kradle CBD products contain boad-spectrum CBD derived from the highest quality American-grown hemp — with no detectable THC — and other human-grade ingredients that all naturally interact with the canine endocannabinoid system to calm your dog from the inside out.