Treating Anxiety in Dogs with Hemp Oil
Many dogs suffer from anxiety. The most common situations that trigger anxiety include being separated from their owner, riding in the car or just being around other dogs. This can manifest itself in destructive behaviors such as pacing, chewing or scratching furniture, biting, urinating, defecating and more. Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Oil, more commonly known as Hemp Oil, can treat anxiety safely and naturally.
Many pets have conditions that can be treated naturally with herbal supplements. PCR oil is a safe, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC which causes a "high", Hemp Oil provides sensations of calmness, relaxation, and relief from pain. It has been used as a safe and natural alternative remedy for humans and pets to treat a variety of medical conditions. Notable conditions in which Hemp Oil has been effective include arthritis, joint pain, inflammation, epilepsy, seizures, anxiety, and nausea.
Anxiety in dogs can also be treated by the binding of PCR molecules to the adenosine receptors present on the surface of brain cells known as neurons. When this occurs, the receptors stimulate the production and the release of the neurotransmitter, adenosine, into the synapses. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are used by neurons to communicate messages to each other. Adenosine has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties and tells the cells, especially muscle cells within the body to release tension and relax.
PCR Hemp Oil also stimulates serotonin receptors on the surface of neurons. Serotonin receptors moderate the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin has an anti-anxiety effect on cells in the brain and the nervous system. If the level of this neurotransmitter is low, symptoms of anxiety are produced. PCR Hemp Oil directly stimulates the neurons in releasing more serotonin. The result is relief from the symptoms of anxiety through a deep, calming effect and the release of tension.
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