Potential side effects of cannabidiol For Pets
Marijuana plants have compounds that may have therapeutic benefit. Some states have legalized its use for certain disorders. One of these is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a mind altering compound, also called psychoactive. THC is similar in chemical composition to naturally occurring brain chemicals. THC is recognized by the body as anandamide (one of the naturally occurring compounds) and fits into the brain’s receptors for anandamide and overwhelms them, producing the “high” including altered perception and mood, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory.
Other compounds found in marijuana are under investigation for medicinal use and are called cannabidiols (CBD). Cannabidiols have seen synthetically produced in the lab to harness the benefits and minimize the psychoactive properties. CBDs have shown some promise in managing refractory childhood epilepsy and in some of these patients they have shown promise as a lifesaving protocol in an otherwise desperate situation.