Why CBD oil is a non-psychoactive option for dogs?


CBD is one of over 100 active compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an abundant cannabinoid, CBD produces mind-altering effects or a “high”. It is because CBD directly binds to or activates CB1 receptors in the brain, which are responsible for causing a high from THC.  CBD oil is an extract from hemp plants that is rich in CBD but contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3%) of THC. It is a popular supplement due to potential benefits from its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The system regulates various processes like pain, mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and immune response. 

How does CBD oil work for dogs?

All mammals have an endocannabinoid system. Like in humans, cbd oil for dogs interacts with receptors in your dog’s endocannabinoid system and immune cells. Its interaction elicits various responses to maintain homeostasis and health.  For example, research shows CBD temporarily deactivates CB1 receptors. It may reduce pain and inflammation since these receptors stimulate inflammatory responses when activated. CBD is also believed to enhance signalling through serotonin receptors, improve mood, and reduce anxiety.

  1. Acting on TRPV1 and glycine receptors involved in regulating body temperature, perception of pain, and inflammation
  2. Increasing levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter anandamide 
  3. Altering gene expression related to oxidative stress and apoptosis (programmed cell death)
  4. Acting as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant 

Potential benefits of CBD oil for dogs

  • Anti-seizure effects – CBD shows anticonvulsant effects in animal studies, meaning it may help reduce seizure frequency for dogs with epilepsy.
  • Anti-nausea – CBD appears to have anti-emetic effects through its interaction with serotonin receptors. It may help reduce nausea and stimulate appetite.
  • Anti-cancer properties – Some research indicates CBD may have anti-tumor effects by inhibiting cancer cell growth and metastasis. More studies are still needed.
  • Skin healing – CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may help alleviate itchiness and heal skin irritation from allergies or other causes.

 Proper CBD oil dosage for dogs

Determining the optimal CBD dosage for your dog depends on several factors:

  • Weight – dosage should be proportional to your dog’s body weight
  • Condition being treated and its severity
  • Concentration of CBD in the product 
  • Your dog’s tolerance 

As a general guideline, the recommended CBD dosage for dogs is 0.1-0.25 mg per pound of body weight, given 1-2 times per day. Start on the low end first. For example, a 50 lb dog would get around 5-12 mg CBD per dose. A 15 lb dog would get about 1.5-3.5 mg CBD per dose. Always follow label directions for dosage recommendations. Monitor your dog after giving them CBD to observe the effects. Increase gradually if needed until you notice the desired benefits.

 Give CBD Oil to dogs 

CBD oil should only be given orally unless otherwise instructed by your vet. Never apply or administer CBD oil topically or into your dog’s eyes. 

  1. Drops administered directly into the mouth
  2. Mixing drops with your dog’s food or treats 
  3. CBD-infused pet treats, chews, or capsules

Make sure to check with your vet first before giving your dog CBD if, are taking any medications or have underlying health conditions. Observe for any adverse reactions and discontinue use if any develop.