03 Jan Are Terpenes Safe for Pets?
Terpenes are found in hemp, cannabis and thousands of other plants. Terpenes are common in human CBD formulations, as well as in pet formulations – but are they safe for your pet? In this short guide, we’ll explain why terpenes are suitable for pets.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are what help give hemp and cannabis their flavor and aroma. They are also responsible for the flavor and aroma of herbs, spices and other plants. These compounds can be found in thousands of plants, trees, spices and shrubs.
Many terpenes have accepted therapeutic benefits.
Hemp CBD Products With Terpenes
Pets have an endocannabinoid system just like humans. The entourage effect matters for pets too. This occurs when all of the cannabinoids and terpenes in a hemp or cannabis plant are left intact to work together in the body.
Some CBD products for pets are made with CBD isolate – which removes all of the naturally-occurring cannabinoids and terpenes from the original plant. Terpenes are not added back in all formulas. Broad spectrum or full spectrum CBD plus additional natural terpenes are superior products.
Veterinarian Dr. Dirk Dekens, DVM, notes that terpenes have real value for pets. He has witnessed the efficacy of terpenes in some of his furry patients.
Common terpenes include:
In some formulas, such as those offered here at Pet Health CBD, a blend of terpenes is used. Sometimes it takes more than one terpene to improve the flavor of the hemp CBD oil for a pet to want to take it. It may also take more than one terpene to support symptom improvement as well.
Terpenes May Help Ease Symptoms
As Dr. Dekens notes, terpenes can have a real therapeutic benefit for pets.
According to Dr. Dekens, terpenes may support improving these symptoms:
- Chronis Pain
- Sleep issues
- Palliative care
- Appetite Improvement
- Vomiting and nausea
Terpenes can be found in many things your pets may already be eating such as ginger and turmeric.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system helps maintain balance (homeostasis). The endocannabinoid system is activated when a part of the system is out of balance or needs correcting. In pets, this may be represented by changes in behavior, changes in activity and changes in eating habits, to name a few instances.
The endocannabinoid system communicates with a series of cannabinoid receptors throughout the body known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located in the central nervous system – the brain and nerves in the spinal cord. CB2 receptors are found throughout the nerves in your pet’s legs, digestive system and some cells in the immune system.
These receptors are responsible for helping the endocannabinoid system regulate functions like digestion, inflammation response, immune function and mood.
Terpenes and the endocannabinoid system are important in helping your pet’s body maintain balance. The inclusion of terpenes in hemp CBD products is okay for your pet. It does not harm them. If your pet is still not fond of the flavor of hemp CBD products that contain terpenes, consider adding it to their food.