Cannabis use has been the cause of clamor for the past decades. Countries like the United States and Canada are making historical milestones with its recent legalization. But did you know that humankind has been using marijuana for over 10,000 years now? Yes! In fact, its first application in the medical field can be dated back as early as 2737 B.C in ancient China.
Cannabis is now the more acceptable and preferred term for marijuana. It is the collective genus term for psychoactive plants including Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis.
Humans and animals alike, we all possess the endocannabinoid system (EC) which is greatly affected by the cannabinoids found in cannabis. There are over 100 compounds found in cannabis but the two most notable are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is well known for its psychoactive effect and CBD is popular for its medical benefits.
With its legalization for medicinal and recreational use for humans, pet lovers are now hopeful that their beloved fur babies can reap the benefits that marijuana has to offer.
Cannabis Alleviates Anxiety, Depression, and Stress
Pets are also susceptible to stress, depression, and anxiety. They may not be concerned with the same things that we are but they too suffer from mental conditions. If your cat is suddenly aggressive, lethargic, avoiding affection and not eating properly, it might be suffering from feline depression. They can get stressed by environmental factors around them and if pet owners are not careful this could lead to depression and anxiety.
Studies suggest that CBD might be working the same way as an anti-anxiety drug would. Serotonin is the chemical and neurotransmitter responsible for mood, sleep, appetite, and other important functions. CBD works by elevating the serotonin level in the brain.