In humans, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is what allows us to feel and benefit from the effects of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Between humans and dogs, we actually share the same organs and systems, meaning dogs have an endocannabinoid system too. The ECS is made up of three main components: endocannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes. The role of the ECS is to communicate balance within our pet’s body through homeostasis.
Research suggests that when the ECS is functioning properly, it helps regulate many bodily functions, including sleep, appetite, digestion, mood, perception of pain, body temperature, memory, immune function, cognitive function, and more!
- Perception of pain
- Body temperature
- Immune function
- Cognitive function
- And more!
When our dog’s ECS is not working correctly and things are out of balance, it can show up in negative ways like fear, aggression, lack of appetite, lethargy, no desire to play, and poor digestion.