What Are Phytocannabinoids?
Phytocannabinoids are the main group of natural compounds found within hemp. Even in small concentrations, these compounds are incredibly effective at stimulating a mammal’s endocannabinoid system (a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system), fostering an optimized neurological system. Moreover, phytocannabinoids help to maintain a healthy digestive tract in animals while also supporting a normally functioning immune system and encouraging natural immune responses to external stimuli. That’s why thousands of pet parents across the nation utilize animal-friendly hemp supplements to promote relaxation, comfort and increased quality of life in cats and dogs of all ages.
Canna Companion is passionate about supporting the health and happiness of canines and felines through high-quality supplementation solutions, which is why we developed Canna Companion, a unique blend of Cannabis sativa strains (hemp) that is designed to enhance the benefits of cannabis while negating the “high-inducing” capacity of THC. Canna Companion is the result of over 16 years of endocannabinoid system research, and each capsule contains a combination of phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that facilitate improvements to your pet’s quality of life. Today, we’ll be teaching you more about phytocannabinoids and how they can be used to keep your cat or dog in peak condition for many years to come.
The Science Behind Phytocannabinoids
Cannabis contains a number of naturally occurring compounds, and a majority of these are phytocannabinoids. As of today, 111 phytocannabinoids (which are unique to Cannabis sativa L) have been identified. Some of the most impactful and extensively researched phytocannabinoids are CBD, CBG, CBC and CBN. CBD (cannabidiol) is particularly valuable for pets due to its capacity to generate positive physiologic and pharmacologic effects on mammalian tissues via function of the normal endocannabinoid system, resulting in a range of health and behavioral benefits. These effects are created when exogenous phytocannabinoids synergize with endocannabinoids and impart those biologic effects directly through the endocannabinoid system. It’s taken cannabis researchers decades to fully understand this complex chemical interplay, through the application of the scientific principles of veterinary medicine, pharmacology, and clinical trials, experts in the field of cannabis science have developed specialized pet supplements that allow animals to take advantage of the plant’s invaluable health benefits.
Marijuana vs. Hemp
Cannabis supplements come in two main types: marijuana and hemp. Both marijuana and hemp supplements utilize phytocannabinoids to support the endocannabinoid system. And while marijuana products can be incredibly effective for humans, they don’t work well for pets. That’s because marijuana contains higher concentrations of THC, a psychotropic compound that causes feelings of euphoria. The CBD:THC ratios used in most marijuana products promote relaxation and comfort in humans, but they can cause negative effects in pets, including:
- Low blood pressure
- Inability to walk straight
- Lethargy or excessive pacing
These serious side effects make it abundantly clear why most pet owners forgo marijuana products in favor of hemp supplementation. The phytocannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid profiles in hemp work perfectly for pets. Hemp supplements contain smaller amounts of CBD, THC and other non-psychotropic cannabinoids, giving companion animals all of the benefits of cannabis while minimizing its side effects. Additionally, cannabis overdoses occur far more frequently in marijuana than hemp because of its more potent concentrations of cannabinoids. Last but not least, it’s important to remember that possession of any marijuana product is illegal in many parts of the country. Hemp, however, is 100% legal to own and use in every single U.S. state.
Put simply, if you’re looking to provide optimal care and support for your cat or dog through cannabis products, it’s best to stick with formulations derived from hemp.
The Benefits of Canna Companion
Canna Companion is a pet-friendly supplement that combines key phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids to produce the “entourage effect” in pets. The entourage effect occurs when all of the cannabis plant’s major components work in concert with one another, resulting in greater efficacy. Our formulations are a fantastic way to introduce your pet to the many benefits of cannabis without the risk of feeling high or stoned. Here are some of the ways that Canna Companion may help support and maintain your pet’s overall quality of life:
- Digestion Support
Both cats and dogs can have incredibly sensitive digestive systems. Fortunately, Canna Companion is formulated to be very effective at supporting digestive processes and maintaining a healthy GI tract for each species.
- Joint Flexibility and Mobility Support
Normal daily exercise and activity can cause severe joint discomfort in cats and dogs, especially as they approach their later years of life. This can make it very difficult for your lovable four-legged friend to move through the house and jump up onto the bed for pets each morning. Canna Companion may help to support joint flexibility, mobility and general joint health, making it perfect for dogs and cats of all ages.
- Optimized Immunity
The naturally-occurring cannabis compounds found within Canna Companion may help to support your pet’s immune system, keeping their body strong, promoting long-term health.
- Promotes a Calm, Relaxed Demeanor
Many pets experience periods of high stress throughout the day. Stress responses in cats and dogs can be triggered by major and minor events alike, including moving to a new home, losing a family member, being caught off guard by loud noises (like fireworks or machinery) or even watching their human leaving for work or school every morning. Regrettably, the negative emotions caused by these stressful situations can result in destructive behaviors. When regularly administered, Canna Companion can encourage a normal, calm demeanor, mitigating the effects of temporary/situational anxieties.
- Maintains Neurological Health
Canna Companion uses the entire hemp plant to support your pet’s endocannabinoid system, resulting in a normal, healthy and properly functioning neurological system.
- Provides Comfort and Care
Old age and adverse health conditions can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that lessen an animal’s quality of life. Canna Companion promotes relaxation and comfort for animals of all ages, keeping them happy and in high spirits.
Contact Canna Companion Today
If you’re interested in learning more about our high-quality hemp supplements, then be sure to call or message us. We’d be happy to teach you more about what Canna Companion can do to support the health and happiness of your pet. You can also reach out to us if you have other questions about cannabis sciences or phytocannabinoids for pets. We look forward to hearing from you soon.