The Endocannabinoid System in Pets
All mammals have a biological and neurological system specifically tasked to receive and process nutritional cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, nausea, mood, memory, and inflammation.
Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds present in trace amounts in several plants, including flax & hemp plants. Terpenes have been cultivated for thousands of years, in part because they uniquely interact with the ECS. For more information on the ECS see this article.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Less than 30 years ago, scientists stumbled upon a unique and hitherto unknown molecular signalling system in the brain, central nervous system, and throughout the body that is involved in regulating a broad range of biological functions. Scientists called it "the endocannabinoid system" (or ECS) after the plant that led to its detection.
The name suggests that the plant came first, but this ancient, internal signal system started evolving over 600 million years ago when the most complex life form was sponges. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are present in every animal except insects. Given its long evolutionary history, scientists surmise that the endocannabinoid system must serve an important and basic function in animal physiology.
The endocannabinoid system is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, nausea, mood, memory, and inflammation.