A New Kind of RX-C Success: Cannabis and Pets

All vertebrates, from ascidians to humans, have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of receptors spread throughout the body. CB1 receptors are responsible for metabolizing THC and allowing the psychoactive effects of THC to be received. CB2 receptors are responsible for anti-inflammatory relief. They are found in immune cells and work to reduce inflammation.  In dogs, the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, but also appear in dogs’ salivary glands. Dogs possess a dense amount of CB1 receptors in their brain making them very sensitive to its intoxicating effects. While CB2 receptors are localized in canine skin, immune system, peripheral nervous system and some organs, such as the liver and kidneys.

Just like humans, proper dosing is important to ensure a pleasant experience. This can easily be achieved with a little patience and small, controlled amounts. We have been fortunate to have a retired veterinarian work with us to develop suggested dosing for pets.

In the last few years several of our members and staff have had amazing success:

Pika – Pit Bull mix, 13 years old – Internal cancerous polyp tumors began to inhibit Pika’s breathing and hip dysplasia made it difficult for her to move around. A 5-15mg dose of the CBD helped Pika’s breathing to ease and become more comfortable allowing her to get much needed rest, and it made it possible for her to move more freely. Pika lived happily and comfortably for 11 months longer than expected.

Bootsy –  Terrier mix,  5 years old – Severe anxiety caused by loud noises, mostly the bombings on Camp Pendelton and 4th of July. His owner sprayed  Care By Design 18:1 in his water (6 mg) and witnessed a marked improvement in his overall behavior.

Sammy – Weimareiner/Boxer mix, 10 years old – Cancer survivor of 4 years, underwent surgery to beat it. The muscles in the area where the surgery was performed twitched uncontrollably causing Sammy discomfort. She also used to experience tremors. Sammy is given 2 sprays of the Care by Design 8:1 tincture daily and she no longer experiences either complaint. If for some reason Sammy does not get her CBD, the twitching returns within a week.

Rusty – German Shepherd mix, 14 years old – Chronic pain and stiffness from arthritis throughout the body – Given 2mg of a Sensi Chew CBD Gold edible 2-3x daily, his ability to lay down and stand up improved noticeably. On particularly painful days a dose of 4mg would allow him to find a comfortable position to fall asleep and escape the pain for a few hours at a time.

Cotton – Malti Poo, 2 years old – Chronic digestive problems. Has many food allergies and even with a veterinarian prescribed diet, would throw up daily an hour after eating. Upon the first dose of Care By Design 18:1 (6 mg) Cotton’s vomiting ceased immediately. He now receives one spray in the morning and one in the evening and no longer has any digestive issues.

Whether it’s anxiety or chronic pain bothering your pet, CBD may help them get some rest and slow progress of their conditions. Give us a call today to ask about our newest pet specific product, HL CannaPetMedz Tincture.