In the natural world, our senses are constantly stimulated by the sights, sounds, colors, and aromas of the plant and animal species surrounding us. All living things use their senses to interact and communicate with each other and the environment around them. In the plant kingdom, and for many sessile or slowly moving species, a vital method of communication is via pheromones or “aromatics.” This is accomplished by the natural use of terpenes. All living organisms manufacture terpenes for certain essential physiological functions.
Cannabis Dosing in Veterinary Medicine: Shifting the Paradigm from Traditional Thinking
By Elizabeth Mironchik-Frankenberg, DVM. Copyright 2020 right:ratio.
There is rapidly growing interest in the potential therapeutic use of cannabis among veterinarians around the world.
Unfortunately, there is a profound lack of formal veterinary education on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its clinical manipulation, despite its discovery more than 30 years ago. This gap has left practitioners with a lack of knowledge, as well as comfort, in meeting the increasing demands placed on them by clients. One of the biggest concerns for clinicians revolves around dosing strategy: what’s safe, what’s effective, where to start?
Every cat and dog, as well as virtually every other animal, has an endocannabinoid system (“ECS”). It was discovered by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in the 1970s and has been described as a system of lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters and receptors occurring throughout the CNS and PNS that promotes homeostasis or balance of the body.