Benefits of CBD Oil for your Dogs

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Marijuana and its derivatives have undergone extensive studies for some years now. The studies done in marijuana validate that the plant is beneficial for humans. Ironically, only animals have been subjected to tests for this plant that is claimed to be beneficial for humans. For this reason, it was found out that CBD actually can also be beneficial for animals-- most notably for dogs. CBD companies cite anecdotal pieces of evidence that link CBD oil to treating different ailments on dogs. 

CBD oils have been circulating in the legal market ever since marijuana was legalized. The plant extract is infused into different products so that one can enjoy its benefits. This reason is why more and more people are getting hooked with using CBD for either medical or recreational purposes. If you are new to CBD oils, and would like more information, check out this article from Spot in 2017 . A source for product can be visited here and this site provides a more scientific view into the pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs.

The Connection Between CBD Oil and Dogs

CBD oil is everywhere, and seemingly it is infused with almost everything. There are currently no definitive scientific data that link marijuana to a dog’s health. However, what studies suggest is that CBD oil can help in treating pain, seizures, and nausea. In addition, the plant extract can also help reduce anxiety and stimulate the appetite. It also has possible anti-cancer benefits, although there are no conclusive data to back up this claim. 

CBD oils do not have the psychoactive or “high effects” that can be found in THC. So, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of this drug for your pets without having to worry about the “stoned” feeling that goes with THC. 

However, what is known to scientists is that dogs have naturally occurring endocannabinoid system like those of the humans’. In the physiological standpoint at least, this fact only means that CBD affects the health of dogs the same way that it does to humans. 

The Effects of CBD Oil to Dogs

A study done recently at Cornell University found out that the right dosage of CBD oil can reduce the pain stemming from arthritis. There are only a few peer-reviewed studies, but Cornell University found that CBD oil has auspicious results to dogs. Dogs who took CBD oil are found to have a decrease in arthritis-brought pain as well as improved mobility.

When the cannabinoids from marijuana interact with the dog’s endocannabinoid system, nausea, anxiety, and pain are modulated. In addition, unlike any other pain medications for dogs, CBD oil does not have any life-threatening side effects like liver and kidney damage, and gastrointestinal issues. 

Marijuana contains up to 30% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This amount of marijuana compounds could be toxic to dogs. However, CBD oils cannot have more than 0.03% of THC, so it’s safe to say that the product is completely safe for dog consumption. 

However, dogs have more endocannabinoid system than humans, so too much dosage of CBD oil can cause toxicity to your pet dog. Additionally, it is important to note that CBD oil is way different from cannabis oil. Cannabis oil has high levels of THC that can cause serious clinical dangers to dogs. Only up to 2.5 to 5mg per ingestion of CBD can be given to dogs to treat some of their health issues and neuropathic pain. 

Risks Of CBD Oil for Dogs

While there isn’t any data that shows the side effects of CBD oil to dogs, there are potential side effects that are based on how CBD oil acts on a human body. Every medication carries the risk of side effects, so it is vital to have knowledge regarding how much your dog can take. It is also advisable that when you give your dog something new, start out with a small amount first and then closely monitor its effects. The potential side effects of CBD oil to dogs include: 

Dry mouth

Studies found out that CBD can decrease the production of saliva, and it would manifest increased thirst for dogs. 

Lowered blood pressure

High levels of CBD have shown the potential of causing a temporary drop in blood pressure. Giving even just a drop of it to your dog can cause a slight feeling of light-headedness.


CBD has shown its efficacy in reducing anxiety due to its calming effects. This calming effect can cause your dog to get slight drowsiness, especially when a high dosage is given. 

Just like humans, dogs must be given every treatment they need to get better, and anecdotal evidence supports that CBD oil is one of the most effective treatments. The Cornell University study supports the claim that CBD oil can reduce the neuropathic pain for dogs. However, before administering CBD oil to your dogs, it is essential to consult a veterinarian first to know its potential risks and side effects.

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Author Dwight K. Blake is a mental health counselor turned blogger