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The Endocannabinoid System Explained

The Endocannabinoid System Explained

It's easy to see why we consider our pets family. They're essentially our twin in fur form. Since the dawn of time, humans and man's best friend have shared many similarities - from enjoying long walks on the beach and cuddles to lazy Sunday afternoons and road trips - we're practically two peas in a pod. And while this kinship bonds us together, there's one more important thing we have in common...

...our endocannabinoid systems!

So, why is this similarity worthy of celebration? Aside from winning at #twinning, this means that we have identical biological systems, equipped to interact with active CBD chemical compounds. Basically, our pups experience the same reaction to CBD as we do and are able to safely enjoy all of the incredible benefits that CBD treatment has to offer. 

The Endocannabinoid System: Bringing Balance to Mind & Body 

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is comprised of three components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Endocannabinoids are produced by the body, on an "as needed" basis and are similar to cannabinoids (found in CBD). When a perceived imbalance occurs, the endocannabinoids locate and bind to the receptors in the body to alert the ECS. This alert triggers the ECS to respond and attempt to restore balance in the body. Once this task is completed, enzymes then breakdown the endocannabinoids. 

This cycle plays a key role in restoring balance and achieving homeostasis. In the slight chance you don't remember (or dozed through) middle school science class, homeostasis is the ability to maintain a constant internal environment in response to environmental changes. The ECS carries out many functions that aid in the regulation of:

  • appetite and digestion
  • metabolism 
  • chronic pain
  • inflammation and other immune system responses
  • mood 
  • learning and memory 
  • motor control
  • sleep
  • cardiovascular system function 
  • muscle formation 
  • bone remodeling and growth
  • liver function
  • reproductive system function
  • stress & anxiety
  • skin and nerve function

...so, basically - it plays a key role in your entire life. Given the importance that the ECS has on one's overall health, it's easy to understand why researchers are thrilled to finally find a natural remedy that works symbiotically in maintaining balance in both the body and the mind. 

The Dynamic Duo 

Every superhero needs a little help from their sidekick now and then. Considering the lofty and expansive functions that the ECS is tasked with, it's understandable that sometimes it may fall short or not work as efficiently as desired. The introduction of CBD aids in achieving balance through a couple of different ways. 

Research has shown that plant cannabinoids prevent or slow down the breakdown process of endocannabinoids by enzymes. This results in a higher level of endocannabinoids in the body, also known as the endocannabinoid tone. More endocannabinoids allow for more coverage and quicker response times to imbalances occurring in the body. Another hypothesis is that cannabinoids found in CBD bind to receptors that haven't yet been discovered by our own endocannabinoids. This process also speeds up the response time, as the ECS is more accurately and quickly alerted. 

The Takeaway 

Given that our pup's ECS mirrors our own, predicting and testing the effects of CBD on their body is apparent, accurate and conclusive. From the extensive research that has been collected to date, scientists are happy to report that as with humans, dogs can safely benefit from CBD treatment. Help boost your pup's ECS to its' full potential by incorporating CBD treats, oils and shampoos into their daily routines. Shop ZenPup's collection today!