Cannabis Oils for Dogs. They work!

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glass container of cannabis oil and marijuana leavesCannabis oils for dogs? Let’s face it, the cannabis revolution is here! Of course, we old hippies know that smoking weed gets us high and is lots of fun. But, it’s so much more than that and we’re discovering the health benefits inherent in cannabis. And it’s not just for humans!

Have you thought about cannabis for treatment of your dog’s ailments? Well, all reports say CBD for dogs is a good thing. So, read on about cannabis oils for dogs.

What is Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil is the concentrated liquid extract of the marijuana plant, cannabis sativa.

Humans have used Cannabis Sativa for more than 3,000 years. The ancient Egyptian Ebers papyrus described it around 1550 BC and the Chinese likely used it as a medicine before that.

Cannabis plants produce thousands of compounds but the most recognized are those in a class called cannabinoids. The two most known of these are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

If you want to get high, it’s the THC you’re looking for. If you don’t, but would like to derive certain health benefits, CBD is the ticket.

CBD products that don’t contain THC are legal to consume. Thus, CBD products, including the oil, are becoming socially acceptable and increasingly popular.

Since you probably don’t want to get your dog high (she wouldn’t like it if you did) you’re probably going to choose CBD to address her health problems.

According to Gary Richter, an integrative medicine veterinarian in Oakland, California, the endocannabinoid system in dogs and cats is very similar to that of humans. A major difference is that there appears to be a greater concentration of cannabinoid receptors in a dog’s brain than in most other animals. This is significant because it makes dogs more susceptible to a THC overdose. Again, it’s not a good idea to give your dog THC.

Little dog with words saying Benefits of CBD oil for dogsIs CBD Good for Dogs? Benefits of cannabis oil for your dog

Within both you and your pooch lies the Endocannabinoid system that helps moderate a host of bodily processes when using endocannabinoids. The compounds in CBD interact with this system by blocking or activating its receptors.

Many pet owners might start treatment by giving their dog human CBD but it’s better to give her CBD that’s especially formulated for dogs.

Here are some of the benefits:

Reduces anxiety

This can be very helpful for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or noise phobias. As a matter of fact, CBD has been extensively studied for its effect on stress and anxiety.

Signs of anxiety include:

  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Whimpering
  • Aggression
  • Unwanted urinating or defecation
  • Trembling
  • Nervous lip licking
  • Appetite loss

Reduces Pain/Inflammation/Arthritisfawn pug holding bottle of CBD Oil

CBD targets aching joints and provides relief for your dog.

Fights cancer

CBD and other substances in hemp have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. Also, it stops cancer cells from growing and it increases tumor cell death.

It’s probably a little too early to break out the champagne and tout CBD as a cancer “cure.” However, there are promising studies done at the University of Naples, Italy and the University of Aberdeen in the UK that have shown CBD has clear anti-tumor effects on colon cancer.

Other studies have shown similar results on many types of cancers.

Furthermore, treatments like chemotherapy can have very negative effects on dogs just like with humans. Chemotherapy affects some dogs more than others. These effects can include:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting and appetite loss
  • Drops in white blood cells
  • Minor hair loss
  • Skin irritations if chemotherapy drugs leak outside the vein (rare)
  • Nerve pain

Treats seizures and epilepsy

Epilepsy is the general term for neurological disorders that cause recurring seizures. Seizures can be caused by trauma, brain tumors, toxins, infections and issues with blood and organs. Canine seizures are the result of abnormal electrical impulses in the brain that lead to sudden but short-term disturbances in your dog’s behavior and movements.

Perhaps as many as 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Usually, your veterinarian will prescribe phenobarbital and potassium bromide for treatment. These help but can cause harm to your dog’s liver and other organs. Furthermore, these drugs don’t always work. CBD has been shown to work well with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Here are some signs of seizures:

  • Paddling – i.e; laying on the floor and paddling as if in water
  • Excessive drooling or foaming at the mouth
  • Suddenly collapsing
  • Twitching and jerking
  • Barking
  • Whining
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Stiffness
  • Appearing dazed and confused
  • Loss of consciousness

Some breeds are more prone to develop epilepsy. These include Beagles, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Cocker Spaniels.

Despite the interest in pet CBD therapy, the idea of treating an animal with hemp-derived cannabinoids is still considered radical by many veterinarians and pet lovers. But, some people are always skeptical and cautious about new and revolutionary ideas and hopefully they will come around eventually.

What are the potential risks/side effects?

The following information is based on the effects of CBD on humans but we can probably translate this to dogs.

  • Dry mouth. Although your dog can’t tell you if she has a dry mouth, her increased water intake might.
  • Tremors. Human patients with Parkinson’s disease have reported increased tremors with high doses of CBD.
  • Low blood pressure. Your vet will have to check this. In the meantime, check to see if your dog seems overly tired or lethargic.
  • Lightheadedness. Does your dog seem dizzy?
  • Drowsiness. Pay attention to changes in your dog’s sleeping patterns.

How to administer CBD

The best way to administer CBD oil to your dog is under her tongue. As an alternative, you can mix it into her food. However, keep in mind that when the oil is added to food it has to pass through the digestive tract and at least 30 minutes is required for it to take effect.

King Charles Cavalier with Oil dosage for dogs written across his faceProper Dosage

According to All the Best Pet Care, you should give your dog 1 – 5 mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight.

Case Examples

Australian holistic veterinarian Dr. Edward Bassingthwaighte says he’s been amazed at the success he’s had treating dogs with cannabis.

An older Staffy had a fast-growing tumor in her mammary gland and chest x-rays revealed that there might also have been metastasis. The doctor treated her with CBD oil and some other herbal medicines. The tumor shrank to nothing in 3 months and after 6 months there was no recurrence.

In another case an old Jack Russell Terrier with a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis was given CBD and THC diluted in pressed hemp oil. After a month of this treatment he was much happier, more active and his heart murmur was much less severe. Afterward, the doctor exclaimed that heart murmurs usually don’t get better so this was fantastic news!

Dr. Bassingthwaighte suggests working with a holistic vet if you think cannabis would help your dog and says it’s powerful medicine when you know what you’re doing.


There’s no doubt that cannabis has health benefits. So, are you and your dog ready?

We love comments so please leave yours below. Have you used cannabis for medicinal dog smiling and laying on back on grasspurposes? Has your dog? Tell us about your experiences!


12 comments on “Cannabis Oils for Dogs. They work!

  1. Paul

    Wow! I never even thought about Cannabis for dogs until now. I live in Canada so there have been a lot of talk about Cannabis these last few months. I had a dog that had severe seizures, the vet never figured out the cause so we ended up having to put him down as the seizures were getting so bad. Having access to Cannabis may have been an alternate option so it is nice to see that it is now a potential treatment we can now use. Can we use the same CBD oil that will be available in our local pot shops?

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Paul:

      Thank you for your comments!

      It’s best to use CBD that’s especially made for dogs. Dogs have fewer CBD receptors in their brain and you want to be able to determine the right amount to give them

  2. Lenny

    I have never heard of Cannabis oil for dogs. I guess if they work on humans why not dogs. They have a lot of the same medical conditions. Sounds like a great website and I’m sure you will make lots. Humans are very attached to their dogs, the spend lot of $$ to make them better.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Lenny:

      Thank you for your comments!

      When you think about it, humans and dogs are very much alike and share many of the same physical attributes and ailments. So, if CBD benefits humans, it can do the same for dogs!

  3. Sam Frederiksen

    wow who knew?

    I would not of thought in a million years that this oil was good for dogs.  We actually looking after our daughters dog at the moment.  It is so hyper active I really don’t even like spending much time with the dog to tell the truth. I love dogs and other pets.  This one is taking my time to get used to.  I do feel what you have can help this dog and will be suggesting my daughter gets some. As I am sure it it a nice dog, just don’t like getting scratched by it when it jumping around like nuts

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Sam:

      Thank you for your comments!

      Yes, perhaps you should suggest that to your daughter. Perhaps it will have a calming affect on her dog. However, I would always suggest consulting her veterinarian first.

  4. Kabirat

    I hope COD provides effective cure to ailments such as tumours and seizures not only to dogs but also to humans . Dogs are wonderful creatures which God has placed in our care and we need to take adequate care of them

    Dogs are intelligent animals and they provide loyalty and security, so taking care of them with everything at our disposal is a must.

    I never knew dogs could experience illnesses and have such symptoms you ‘ve enumerated,  that’s educative though. 

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Kabirat:

      Thank you for your comments!

      Yes, dogs are wonderful creatures and we have a responsibility as dog parents to take care of them. I hope people will consider CBD when addressing their dog’s health needs.

  5. Neil Brown

    Thank you for your website, you cover a lot of very good information, I have never heard of using Cannabis oils for dogs. My wife and I have a dog that has a few different breed mixes, part lab and part pit for sure. She seems to have some issues like separation anxiety and health issues, she’s 8 years old, it sounds like a cross between coughing and difficulty breathing and quite often throws up after this attack, I don’t know if this is something we should worry to much about.

    I don’t mean to go on so much about our dog, there’s just been the concern about it and it seems like you are very knowledgeable about dogs. 

    I really like your website, you have a lot to offer on the subject, lots of nice pics, keep up the great work.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Neil:

      Thank you for your comments!

      It’s probably a good idea to see your veterinarian about the coughing, breathing and throwing up. There could be some issues there that need to be addressed.

      If your veterinarian is open to it (and not all are) you might ask them about using CBD oil for your dog.

  6. Bong

    This is a great review of Cannabis Oils for Dogs. Thanks for this! I just want to know if Cannabis Oils also works for ticks and fleas? I have a golden retriever dog but the problem is I can’t control its fleas. It keeps coming back. I tried different shampoo but it didn’t work.


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