What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) refers to a collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules. You can think of cell receptors like little locks on the surface of your cells. The keys to these locks are chemical molecules called agonists. Each time an agonist binds to a cell it relays a message, giving your cell specific direction.
The endocannabinoid system is the name for a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists. Two primary cell receptors make up the ECS, Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys for these receptors are called endocannabinoids.
The ECS is one of the largest neurotransmitter networks in the body. Neurotransmitters are communication molecules that help the brain and the body communicate with each other via nerve cells.
What is a Cannabinoid?
A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells, altering the neurotransmitter release in the brain. It is the agonist, the substance that initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor.
What is a Phytocannabinoid?
These are cannabinoids extracted from plants.
What is a cannabinoid receptor?
Found throughout the body, Cannabinoid receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. On receiving a cannabinoid substance/agonist, it accepts the ‘message’ passing a specific direction on to the cell. In this way the agonist initiates a physiological response through combining with the receptor.
What is an agonist?
A substance which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor.
What is a terpene?
Terpenes are organic compounds produced in plants. They are what creates the aroma of a plant. Hemp contains over 200 terpenes, acting in concert with cannabinoids to create an entourage effect that provides a full spectrum of benefits for pets.
Does CBD oil from Hemp contain THC?
CBD oil from Hemp is non-psychoactive and contains less than 3% THC.
Can I overdose my pet with CBD oil from Hemp?
There is NO danger of overdosing.
Will my pet get high from CBD oil?
No. CBD oil is non-psychoactive.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Both marijuana and hemp come from the same species of plant called Cannabis Sativa L. Cultivators of the cannabis plant have manipulated it over the years to encourage specific traits to become dominant. Hemp was originally cultivated nearly 10,000 years ago in what is modern day Taiwan. Ancient cultivators of the cannabis plant recognized that it was dioecious meaning that it had dual characteristics. Cultivators grew one variety of the cannabis plant to be tall and durable, this became what we now call industrial hemp. Upon discovering that the flower buds of the cannabis plant had psychoactive effects, cultivators began separating the hemp plants from the flowering plants in order to isolate their “medicinal” characteristics, these plants closely resembled what we call marijuana plants today. Scientifically, we now know that industrial hemp plants tend to produce high levels of the cannabinoid CBD, while producing low amounts of THC. Conversely, the marijuana plant produces high THC levels and low CBD levels. This chemical difference dictates the way we use the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. As an agonist, it binds with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system to effect physiological change. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system and CBD and related plant cannabinoids (phytocannbinoids) are the only of their kind in the world that interact with mammals cannabinoid receptors, including humans.
What is the Entourage Effect?
The phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant) in the oil include terpenes that create an entourage effect, as the cannabinoids and terpenes work together to provide a full spectrum of benefits for pets.