CBD and Dogs


People love their pets and want to ensure that they are alright. There has been a lot of talk concerning the legalization of cannabis and the effects that its chemical compounds can have on the medical industry. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in cannabis that does not get you high. CBD has been touted as having medicinal benefits that could help humans and pets alike. We will discuss what CBD is and how it can benefit your beloved pets in this post.

What is CBD?

It is important to know what exactly CBD is before giving it to your pet. CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. It is important to repeat that CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, but has a substantial impact on the brain and body. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most abundant compound of cannabinoid in the cannabis sativa┬áplant and is what gets you intoxicated. However, CBD is the second most abundant compound in cannabis and it doesn’t get you high.

CBD is usually extracted from industrial hemp, which is said to contain less than 0.3% of THC. However, THC is commonly found in the marijuana plant and has psychoactive effects.

How CBD Works with Dogs

Just like in humans, most animals have an endocannabinoid system which research shows evolved over 100 million years ago during evolution. Scientists have also found that the endocannabinoid system is responsible for sleep, eating, relaxation, memory, and other behaviors. The endocannabinoid system is located in the peripheral nervous and central systems. Cannabinoids work with the endocannabinoid system as messengers. Studies show that not only humans have cannabinoid receptors. Dogs are said to have more receptors in their brains than other animals including humans. However, not all animals have been studied. CBD helps the body maintain balance and optimal health.

Treating Dog Illness with CBD

The number of studies conducted on the effects of CBD on humans is way more than those conducted on dogs. However, many dog owners have successfully used CBD to treat their pet dogs.

There have been a few clinical studies into how CBD assists in the treatment of dogs. A study by Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences involved the use of CBD to treat dogs suffering from epilepsy and osteoarthritis. This research is currently ongoing, and many are looking forward to its results.

There are other studies. However, researchers are hampered by the fact that cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the law. This impediment also an effect on funding for research into how CBD can be beneficial for companion dogs.

Side Effects of CBD in Dogs

At the moment there are no scientifically proven side effect of CBD on dogs. However, there are known side effects that CBD has on humans, and they could apply to dogs.

Dry mouth is one of the side effects that CBD has on humans. CBD reportedly decreases the production of saliva. And can appear as increased thirst in dogs. CBD is also known to reduce blood pressure temporarily which can lead to the feeling of being light-headed. Drowsiness is another side effect that dog owners looking to give their pets CBD have to be conscious of. CBD can be useful for anxiety in humans, and some dog owners have given it to their dogs. Despite its calming effect, CBD can cause drowsiness. The feeling of drowsiness is more likely to occur when CBD is taken in high doses.

If you are considering giving CBD oil to your dog, it is advisable for you to consult your veterinarian first.