The effects of prolonged or constant stress are detrimental to the good health of your dog. Your dog’s brain experiences distress and produces body tension, elevated heart rate, panting, chewing and many other behaviors that are destructive to his body and to the world around him.
Stress starts in the Limbic System
Your dog’s stress starts deep in the Limbic System of his brain, which is responsible for emotions, fear and anxiety. Nerve cells there can hyperactivate, producing too much electrical current which your dog experiences as stress. Over time, the brain learns how to respond to the world. In a reactive dog, distress can become associated with things that don’t warrant it, like a smell, a person or another dog. Then even if their situation changes (like being rescued from an abusive household), the distress response is still triggered – through learning and by the hyperactivated nerve cells – and your dog’s body reacts.
Hemp can calm hyperactivated nerves
Multiple studies in both animals and humans have shown that whole-plant hemp oil and its natural cannabinoids may act through one or both of the body’s Endocannabinoid and/or Serotonin Systems (an important body system responsible for maintaining mood balance). These compounds can act in multiple areas of the brain associated with stress to calm innate fears (spontaneous distress), reduce conditioned fear associated with traumatic stress (contextual distress), and reduce obsessive compulsive behavior. Cannabinoids can accomplish these effects by changing the behavior of the nerve cells in the brain through a process called cell signaling – providing a calming signal to the hyperactivated neurons.
The benefits of hemp being natural
Another benefit of using whole-plant hemp oil to relieve the many forms of anxiety is that it is natural and does not use the neural pathways used by prescription drugs. This allows it to provide similar levels of relief from anxiety as prescription drugs without the associated side effects. Furthermore, hemp oil has been shown to be effective in relieving a broad range of anxieties, instead of being targeted to a specific condition.
Whether caused by separation, thunderstorms, car rides or any other cause, your dog’s prolonged distress can have some significant impacts on his health and his quality of life. Natural whole-plant hemp oil can help support your dog’s health and happiness – and when they feel better, you do too.