A comparable plant that has gained wide acceptance and use is the opium poppy. In Washington’s time, it was the opiate properties of the poppy that were used and abused in liquid form as laudanum tinctures and smoked as opium. In our own time, chemicals derived from the opium poppy are used in the production of heroin. However, this same plant also gives us widely accepted medicines such as codeine and morphine. Over time, CBD advocates anticipate changes in the legal status of cannabis so that beneficial products can continue to be researched, refined, and distributed in forms that are both safe and well-regulated.
It’s a proven fact that all mammals, people and pet’s alike, have an Endocannabinoid System. That means that your pet can enjoy the same amazing healing properties of CBD just as people do. The Endocannabinoid System is a huge network comprised of many cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. This crucial system is used by the body to help maintain homeostasis.
Before you decide to slip your pup a sample—or even one of your edibles (hint: they can’t eat chocolate)—be warned that animals are incredibly sensitive to THC. This is due to abundant receptors in their brains, their heightened sensitivity, and their propensity for experiencing static ataxia. Like humans, dogs suffer from a variety of ailments, such as aching joints and anxiety, that could possibly benefit from treatment with cannabinoids. But because we know even less about the effects of cannabis on dogs than we do of its effects on humans, you should consult your veterinarian before proceeding further. Cannabis has the potential to cause numerous negative health effects in pets, and unlike in humans, it can even be lethal for your animal.