Watson here, and recently my friend Boomer mentioned to me that his mom gives him CBD treats in the morning and his creaky joints are not as creaky anymore. I decided to find out exactly what CBD is and how it is helping my friend.
CBD, an oil extracted from the stalks, flowers, and leaves of the hemp plant, is found only in the cannabis plant family. The active ingredients are cannabinoids. The oil from hemp plants is extremely high in CBD and extremely low in the most well known cannabinoid, THC. With CBD oil, you get all the benefits of the hemp plant cannabinoids without the high.
CBD works on the endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate sleep, appetite, pain, the immune system, and more. It stimulates the messengers in this system affecting the nervous, digestive, immune systems, and brain. The endocannabinoids in CBD are very similar to the ones in dogs’ bodies.
So what are some of the uses for CBD? If you have joint problems, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that doesn’t have the same risk of side effects as drugs. Research from Cornell University found that dogs taking CBD for arthritis showed a decrease in pain and an increase in activity.
Pain relief is the most promising use of CBD. From nerve pain to arthritis, it works by binding to receptors in the brain and nervous system and helps change the way your brain perceives pain.