Like humans and dogs, the feline anatomy is equipped with an endocannabinoid system. Because of this, your cat can experience a variety of health benefits from cannabinoids like CBD. You may ask, what is the endocannabinoid system? Well, it is a complex system of receptors located throughout the body in areas like the brain, digestive system, skin, central nervous system, and more. This system helps promote balance in our cats.
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. While you may not have heard of CBD you likely have heard about another cannabinoid called THC. This is the cannabinoid in marijuana that gives you a euphoric or “high” sensation. While CBD is a cannabinoid, it does not give you a high sensation.
By influencing a cat’s endocannabinoid receptors with its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties, studies have shown that CBD can help maintain and improve their functionality, thereby improving the integrity of the systems they regulate.
CBD has been shown to help cats deal with joint pain associated with conditions like arthritis that many of us experience as we get a little older. It does this in two ways. The first is that CBD is an anti-inflammatory. So, it can help cats deal with the inflammation often associated with joint pain. In addition, researchers have found that CBD can decrease the perceived level of pain by activating and desensitizing the brain’s vanilloid receptor, which helps control pain.
Cats can also benefit from CBD’s calming and anti-anxiety properties. Many cats experience anxiety about new social situations or they have symptoms of separation anxiety when their human leaves the home. CBD can help reduce these symptoms by helping calm your cat.