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What is the endocannabinoid system and how can CBD help dogs and cats?

Posted by Brad Pattison on
The discovery of this system initially applied to humans.  It was quickly determined that all mammals also possess an endocannabinoid system.  This endocannabinoid system was named after the plant that led to its discovery.  This system is basically a network of receptors that are located throughout the body of any mammal.  The body produces its own endocannabinoids on a demand basis to regulate and maintain homeostasis and support a stabilized environment.  When mammal health becomes compromised and this system becomes deficient, science is quickly learning that supplementing with CBD (an exogenous cannabinoid) can help in many ways. The body has CB1 receptors located in the nervous system, brain, organs and glands.  The body also has CB2 receptors located in the regulation cells of the immune system.  Many other types of tissue in the body contain both receptors and they provide different types of regulatory action.  The endocannabinoid system manages inflammation by up-regulating or down regulating the immune system response to find a healthy balance.  Utilizing CBD may be an effective way to boost the body’s endocannabinoid deficiency and support homeostasis and health.

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