Can I give my dog human CBD oil?
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- Pet CBD oil vs. human CBD oil
- Importance of quality
- Is CBD oil safe for dogs?
- Can I give my dog human CBD oil?
The recent emergence of cannabidiol (CBD) oil has crept into nearly every facet of daily life, from the coffee shop to the pharmacy shelves. But humans aren’t the only species who can reap the potential benefits of CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. As it turns out, CBD may also improve the well-being of man’s best friend, turning an anxious whimper into a joyous tail wag.
Pet owners have undoubtedly noticed CBD products aimed at their furry friends popping up in pet stores and online.
CBD’s potential health benefits for pets mirror those touted for humans, including help for joint pain, arthritis, appetite stimulation, seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, back pain, symptoms of cancer, and gastrointestinal problems. However, as in the case of humans, research is still limited and much of the evidence of effectiveness is anecdotal in nature.
CBD oil is generally safe, there is a possibility that an exceedingly high dose could cause side effects, such as loose stool, in smaller dogs. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
But that hasn’t stopped pet owners from reaching for the CBD oil when their dog suffers from health issues like chronic pain from arthritis or anxiety from holiday fireworks. Additionally, due to CBD’s purported calming effects, some have also attempted to use CBD oil for hyperactive dogs, hoping to keep them relaxed in stressful situations.
Pet CBD oil vs. human CBD oil
Whether it’s for dogs or humans, there are countless CBD oil brands available. Dog owners who use CBD oil themselves and are considering trying it out for their dog may wonder if there is a difference between pet CBD oil and human CBD oil. The short answer is no.
“There should be no difference in ‘pet-quality’ oils,” said holistic veterinarian Judy Morgan. “Many human oils are pretty concentrated, so dosing becomes an issue for small pets.”
What if you want to utilize the same CBD oil as your faithful companion? Can humans take pet CBD oil without experiencing any adverse side effects? Morgan explained that, if the CBD oil manufacturer is a good one, it will make oils that are human-grade – meaning this will be good enough for both you and your pet.
“Yes, dogs can use human CBD oil,” she said. “Humans could take pet CBD oil if it is human grade and not adulterated in any way.”
Importance of quality
Of course, considering the vast number of CBD oil products currently on the market – partially because of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp production in the United States – an important aspect of giving CBD oil to your dog is finding a quality product. CBD oil can be derived from either hemp or marijuana, both of which are cannabis plants. Since marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, consumers are likely seeing many hemp-derived CBD oil products on the market. Marijuana-based CBD oil is legal in states that have legalized it for recreational or medical marijuana use.
An important aspect of giving CBD oil to your dog is finding a quality product. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Despite hemp’s legalization, CBD oil is currently in a state of regulatory flux in the U.S. With this lack of current regulation of CBD oil, there’s a need for consumers to educate themselves about CBD oil products and manufacturers they are considering. In fact, certain studies show that many of the products on the market are falsely labeled. In one November 2017 study, researchers tested 84 CBD products from 31 companies and found that only 30.95% were accurately labeled with the correct amount of CBD.
One way to make sure a CBD oil’s manufacturer is reputable is by purchasing a product that includes a certificate of analysis from a third-party testing lab. You can also look for a product that was manufactured in a Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP)-compliant facility, which must follow certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards to qualify. When reading the bottle label, make sure it also contains other information including the amount of active CBD per serving, a full ingredients list, net weight, manufacturer or distributor name, suggested use, and batch or date code.
Morgan recommends purchasing an organic, full-spectrum CBD oil with no add-ins or additives other than the carrier oil, which is usually a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil like coconut oil.
Is CBD oil safe for dogs?
CBD oil is generally considered safe for humans and dogs, but more research is still needed. One scientific report published in the “Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association” studied the potential adverse effects of giving CBD to 30 healthy beagles.
Stephanie McGrath, a veterinary neurologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, worked on the study.
“Overall, the product was well tolerated clinically. However, clinically significant adverse effects, particularly diarrhea and elevations in serum ALP levels, are noteworthy and warrant further discussion and research,” McGrath told Weedmaps News.
ALP is alkaline phosphatase, which is a protein found in all body tissues.
Morgan said that while CBD oil is generally safe, there is a possibility that an exceedingly high dose could cause side effects in smaller dogs.
“Although I have had people accidentally use 10 times the recommended dose with no side effects,” Morgan said, “the side effects would be more magnified in very small dogs, especially if using a very concentrated oil.”
She said she hasn’t seen many side effects of CBD oil use in dogs.
“Maybe occasional loose stool with high doses,” she said. “CBD does use an enzyme system in the liver, so dogs with impaired liver function may need lower dosing.”
Possible side effects of CBD use in dogs include increased thirst in dogs, lower blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
According to an article on the American Kennel Club website, possible side effects of CBD use in dogs – based on human side effects – could include dry mouth (increased thirst in dogs), lower blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness.
Another potential risk for dogs is the consumption of too much THC, the intoxicating cannabinoid found in marijuana. In states where marijuana is legal, CBD oil products derived from marijuana may contain much higher doses of THC than the 0.3% maximum allowed in hemp products in other states. Also, given the lack of regulation of CBD products, there is potentially more THC in CBD oil products than consumers realize.
According to Morgan animals have a low tolerance for the powerful psychoactive effects of THC. She said common symptoms of intoxication include ataxia (walking in a drunken manner), dilated or glazed eyes, dull mental activity, vomiting, dribbling urine, and rapid or slow heart rate. Some pets may become agitated while others will demonstrate stupor. The risks include coma, seizures, and even death in high doses.
Is hemp oil safe for dogs?
You should also be on the lookout for product labels that claim to contain hemp oil or other products derived from hemp seeds, as these will not include any CBD at all. Without the inclusion of this cannabinoid, hemp oil will not provide the same potentially therapeutic effects to your pooch as CBD oil. However, hemp oil has been proven to be an excellent nutritional supplement for both humans and dogs. Hemp seeds, which are pressed to create hemp oil, are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Can I give my dog human CBD oil?
Keeping in mind the issues of product quality and labeling, the answer is yes, you can give human CBD oil to your dog. However, dosing is a big part of proper administration. As yet, there is no official standardized dosing chart for pets – or humans, for that matter. But Morgan’s recommendation is 1 milligram per 10 pounds of body weight. If using human CBD oil, you will need to figure out how many milligrams of CBD are in a milliliter of the oil you have. There are about 30 milliliters in 1 fluid ounce, which is a common CBD oil bottle size.
Let’s say, for example, that one 30 milliliter bottle contains 500 milligrams of CBD, and a standard dropper usually holds 1 milliliter. Some quick math can help you figure out the most effective dosage. Simply divide the milligrams of CBD by the amount of oil in the bottle. In this example, each milliliter, or full dropper, should have about 16.6 milligrams of CBD. When it comes to dosing, always start on the lower side first and remember, it’s one milligram per 10 pounds of body weight, not one dropper full. So, we’ve figured out how to measure out dosages, but you also need to know how to give CBD oil to dogs.
CBD oil can be given to pets by mouth, with food or treats, or even in water. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Jeremy Feldman, co-founder of Pet-Ness, which sells hemp-derived CBD oil and chews for pets, said CBD oil can be given to pets by mouth, with food or treats, or even in water.
“Most dogs just lick it right off the dropper,” he said.
He added that if it’s a glass dropper, however, make sure your dog doesn’t bite down. Feldman also recommended applying the CBD oil directly onto your dog’s skin to potentially help with things like skin issues or muscle soreness.Can I give my dog human CBD oil? Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents Pet CBD oil vs. human CBD oil Importance of quality Is CBD oil safe for
Is THC Bad for Dogs?
Are you thinking about giving your dog THC?
Or have you seen some CBD oils which contain THC?
THC can produce very harsh side effects in pets.
But, there is a way to use cannabis safely with your furry friend.
Read on for more information about THC, how it impacts dogs, and why it’s always better to opt for non-psychoactive CBD products instead.
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Pot for Pets: Is THC Safe for Dogs?
THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is widely considered the main psychoactive compound of cannabis.
Cannabis plants actually contain around 400 different active compounds.
However, most of the cannabis strains grown to make marijuana have been genetically modified to contain extremely high THC concentrations (sometimes up to 30%).
When we consume cannabis, the THC from the plant activates our body’s Endocannabinoid System by fitting into cannabinoid receptors spread throughout the brain and body.
When it does this, THC produces a strong, psychedelic euphoria that we colloquially call a “high” or “stone.”
Cats and dogs, like humans, can experience this, too.
And while people might enjoy that iconic cannabis “high,” it can cause some pretty scary symptoms in our furry friends.
Does THC Have Health Benefits?
Yes, THC definitely has health benefits.
- Pain Relief: There’s a really solid body of research showing that THC has powerful analgesic effects. Studies show it can help with both nociceptive and neuropathic pain and is particularly effective for treating chronic pain from conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.
- Antiemetic: THC is very effective at treating nausea and vomiting. This has made it very popular among cancer and AIDS patients suffering from chronic nausea, vomiting, and appetite loss due to their treatments. Synthetic THC isolates like Marinol, for example, have been around since the 1980s.
- Neuroprotection: Contrary to popular belief, studies show that THC and other cannabinoids can help protect brain cells. In fact, some studies suggest that cannabinoids can stimulate neurogenesis in certain parts of the brain and therefore help treat neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and more.
- Appetite Stimulation: This might come as no surprise, but studies show that THC is very effective at stimulating both appetite and metabolism. Again, this makes it an attractive supplement for people suffering from eating disorders as well as appetite loss from certain medical conditions and treatments.
For a more detailed look at the health benefits of THC, check out this article by Green Flower.
The Effects of THC on Dogs
You might be inclined to give your dog THC-rich cannabis thanks to its health benefits.
However, I strongly advise that you don’t.
Dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to THC and can suffer from what vets describe as “marijuana poisoning.”
Unfortunately, most cases of marijuana poisoning happen when animal’s get into their owner’s supply of cannabis.
The problem here is that the pet ends up consuming far too much THC, which leaves them dealing with a bunch of nasty symptoms, including:
- Difficulty walking
- Rocking back and forth on the spot
- Wide open eyes
- Tense muscles
This combination of symptoms is sometimes referred to as ataxia.
Trust me, if you’ve ever seen a video of a dog that’s consumed cannabis, you’ll understand just how frightening these effects can be.
Unfortunately, pets also metabolize cannabinoids a lot slower than humans and can feel the effects of THC for anywhere up to 24 hours (or longer), depending on how much they consumed.
Other symptoms of THC intoxication in pets include:
- Dilated pupils and glassy eyes
- Low or high heart rate
- Whining and crying
- Loss of bladder control (incontinence)
In extreme cases, THC can also cause seizures/tremors or induce a coma.
There isn’t a lot of information available about why dogs are so sensitive to THC, but we know that their size and weight play a big part.
What About Products That Contain Both THC and CBD? Are These Products Safe for Pets?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most concentrated cannabinoid found in cannabis.
It is found in especially high concentrations in hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains low concentrations of THC (usually below 0.3%) and has many industrial uses.
Like THC, CBD has a wide variety of health benefits.
Unlike THC, however, CBD doesn’t produce that iconic psychoactive euphoria we associate with marijuana.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve seen cannabis products containing both THC and CBD and are wondering whether these are a good option for treating your pet.
And while these products can be great for humans, I don’t recommend using them with your pets.
Instead, I recommend using CBD hemp products like those I review on my homepage.
Made with highly concentrated hemp extract, these products can offer a wide variety of health benefits and help your pet manage all kinds of conditions and symptoms.
Best of all, CBD has a very safe side effect profile when compared to THC.
In fact, the only side effects you might notice with CBD is lethargy and diarrhea, although these are rare.
For more info on the side effects of CBD, check out my safety page here.
Another reason I always suggest using CBD over THC is this:
Hemp-based CBD products are 100% legal in many parts of the world.
Products made from cannabis, on the other hand, are much more heavily regulated.
In the US, for example, products made from cannabis are illegal under federal law, despite the fact that some states have legalized them.
Now, I don’t want to disregard THC for pets altogether.
There is a growing trend of “microdosing” THC among humans which shows us that small, controlled doses of the compound can deliver benefits without producing a “high.”
What does this mean for dogs?
Well, it suggests that, just like humans, dogs might be able to benefit from THC given that they take it in carefully controlled doses.
However, a lot more research is needed to confirm whether dogs and other pets can, in fact, use THC safely.
For a more detailed look at the health benefits of CBD, check out my CBD benefits page here.
What CBD Products Should You Use With Your Dog?
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re already interested in using cannabis with your pet.
If so, I highly recommend trying CBD products like oils, capsules, and treats.
On my homepage, I review a wide variety of CBD pet products to help pet owners like you support the health of their pets.
Right now, my #1 recommendation for pet owners interested in CBD is HolistaPet.
HolistaPet produces a variety of CBD products for dogs and cats, including oils, capsules, and treats. View their best selling Pet CBD Tincture here.
All of their products are made with full-spectrum hemp extract which contains all the beneficial compounds of hemp, including CBD and much more.
Best of all, Holistapet has a variety of bundles which come at special discount prices.
For more information on Holistapet and other CBD pet brands, check out my homepage here.
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