CBD and Physiology
While it feels as though people always want to talk about the benefits of CBD, perhaps we need to look at it from a different perspective. Doing research to find the best CBD products should remain a priority for consumers, in all reality, the benefits of cannabinoids like CBD would be different for each person, or for that matter, any other animal we may want to talk about.
I’ve talked about the absorption rate of CBD, or what is technically called bioavailability, in past blogs. Depending on how a person takes CBD, the effects will be different. As an example, if you start eating our diet CBD edibles or low-calore CBD gummies, your body must digest and metabolize it before it reaches the bloodstream. This can take a while. IF you take CBD oil under the tongue, it will be absorbed into the blood faster than eating CBD cookies. More CBD may enter your bloodstream as well when taking a sublingual CBD oil versus a CBD gummy bear.
But what about our physiology? Relative to dogs and cats, people have similar phisiologies to one another, but they are not the exact same. Our pets will absorb CBD differently, and will react differently than people. Our own bodies change over time with the amount of receptors going up and down. So, while research continues for people and understanding how CBD reacts with our bodies, we are far behind in research when it comes to our pets and livestock.
It is also important to remember that there are a wide variety of hemp cultivars, or what are often called, strains. If you are considering a full spectrum CBD oil that may contain many different cannabinoids, unlike Sugar and Kush’s pure CBD isolate, then you could discover a very different reaction from your dog or cat each time you administer it.
In a recently-penned article, Dr. Lara Sypniewski argues that while she believe CBD could have amazing benefits in the future, for our furry friends there too many variables for it to be a safe alternative at this time. Especially when it comes to the number of strains on the market.
Because of the variety, there is extra caution when it comes to our pets. The doctor also emphasizes that what makes it even more difficult is that absorption rates are completely different in animals compared to humans, not just with CBD but with multiple drugs.
"It's very interesting how our physiology's have similarities, but some of the big differences can play a huge role in what drug a veterinarian chooses to treat your pet with, than what your doctors would treat you with," she said.
Be careful giving your pets CBD without more research or regulations put in place. We need to better understand how it interacts with their unique physiologies before we start giving them doses of CBD.
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