Can CBD Help Increase the Lifespan of Cats?
CBD has shown to be very effective in helping maintain balance in the body. But what does this mean for your cat's lifespan? Can CBD help cats live longer?
The good news is that we're closer to answering this question for animals than we are for humans. First, let's take a look at an experiment with CBD that was done on aging mice.
The Brain Experiment
At the University of Bonn, researchers did a test on 2, 12, and 18 month old mice. Some of the mice were given a placebo and some were given small doses of THC.
The mice that were given the placebo showed normal cognitive signs relative to their age. The mice that were given cannabis on the other hand showed cognitive functions that were as good as the 2 month old control mice.
Cognitive functions in this experiment refer to how well the mice oriented themselves around other mice, and how well they recognized other mice.
The experiment showed how memory performance suffers as age increases. It also showed that cannabis can reverse the aging processes in the brain. This was seen in the older mice. With low doses of THC, the older mice were able to regress to the cognitive functioning of 2 month old mice.
How could this happen? As it turns out, there's a scientific explanation for how this could have occured.
The Results Explained
The scientists discovered that the brain ages much faster in mice that don't possess any functional receptors for THC. The main functional receptors are known as cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors, which cats also possess. In fact, cats possess more CB-1 Receptors than humans do.
THC docks on these receptors and then mimics the effects of naturally produced cannabinoids in the body. The effects produced from these cannabinoids are important for the brain to function properly.
This is why THC (dosed in small amounts) is useful for cats. As people and animals' age, the quantity of cannabinoids naturally formed in the brain reduces. Low doses of CBD can help make up for this.
The brain, like any other organ in the body, ages. This aging process is considered normal, but it can eventually cause dementia in people and cats. These researchers may have found a way to finally slow down dementia or possibly even eliminate it altogether.
How CBD Can Improve The Lifespan Of Your Cat
Staving off dementia isn't the only benefit of CBD for cats. Cannabis can also impact your cat's life expectancy in other ways.
For example, studies have shown that high anxiety has bad effects on health and life expectancy. Cannabis can help relieve anxiety in your cat, thus indirectly improving his lifespan.
Cannabis has also shown great promise in treating numerous illnesses and negative health conditions including cancer, as well as the more severe forms of cancer treatment. This is another example of how CBD can improve your cat's lifespan indirectly, by treating any health conditions that it might have.
CBD treatment can help your cat live more comfortably with less pain and duress, especially in old age. So if comfort is anything to go by, then the answer is yes, CBD can help your cat live longer.
What to Expect When Giving CBD To Your Cat
While CBD should work well for your furry friend, it shouldn't be considered as an instant fix. It can take 2-4 weeks before you notice the effects on your cat. Also, it might take you a while to figure out the best dosage of CBD for your cat.
Remember that patience is the key. The correct dosage of CBD can make all the difference in your cat.
A good general rule to remember is that “less is more," so start with a small dose first to see how your cat responds to it.