Before We Start: Understanding Full Spectrum Hemp Extract
Before we start exploring the individual benefits of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, it’s important to cover some basics about this compound first.
Below is some basic information about Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, where it comes from, and how it interacts with the body.
What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Extract?
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis, the plant we often associate with marijuana.
In fact, it is one of over 113 “cannabinoids” found in the cannabis plant, many of which are also being investigated for their potential health benefits.
Now, keep this in mind:
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract won’t get your pet “high”. You can read more about that here.
Unlike THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is completely non psychoactive and safe to be used on pets.
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract also has no known toxicity level, and is incapable of causing an overdose.
In fact, the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract found in cannabis pet supplements is usually sourced from hemp, a variety of cannabis that naturally contains extremely low concentrations of THC.
How Does Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Interact With the Body?
Full Spectrum Hemp Extract interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
While I’ll likely discuss the ECS in more detail in other posts, here are some basics on how this system works.
The ECS is a biological system found in all mammals, and is involved in managing a wide variety of biological processes, including memory, sleep, immune response, and more.
It mainly consists of two types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).
These receptors are built to interact with endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced by the brain).
However, they can also interact with plant-derived cannabinoids like Full Spectrum Hemp Extract,which in turn cause a variety of responses throughout the body.
When it comes to Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, many of these responses are very beneficial.
The endocannabinoid system is essentially the system that processes cannabinoids introduced into the body.
Below I’ll outline some of the main benefits of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in more detail.
Note that most of these findings come from studies on lab animals (like rats) or clinical trials on humans.
Nonetheless, the effects of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract are similar in humans, dogs, cats, and other pets.
This is because, just like humans, dogs and cats also have an endocannabinoid system that functions much in the same way as the human ECS.
Plus, many of the conditions we’ll list below (like anxiety, arthritis, pain, and convulsions) manifest much in the same way in pets as they do in humans.