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!


30 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.

  7. Darc'ie Murray

    Wow. I must say that it never occurred to me that the marijuana plant can help keep your pet healthy! A good friend of mine lost her dog a few months ago due to epilepsy. I’m not entirely sure what treatments they used to help her while she was still alive, but CBD sounds like it could have been an option. I only wish that this article was around back then.

    Can CBD be used to treat human epilepsy too? or only dogs?

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Darc’ie

      I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s dog. Perhaps CBD could have helped if it were around at that time. In addition to epilepsy, there are a host of other conditions that can be treated with CBD.

      Of course, not everyone is on board yet and are still skeptical about the benefits. I’m confident that as time passes, more and more people (and dogs) will see the light.

      Thank you for your comments!

  8. Dave

    Hi Christopher

    I’m seeing a lot of review of CBD alternatives to other ‘treatments’ and they really look promising.

    Do you have references to these studies you mentioned in your article? I would expect that, since cannabis is a depressant, pain reduction and other pain-related ailments like anxiety, tension, etc. could be effected.

    Also, are there long-term dependence or reduced effectiveness issues with this? In other words, if used for extended periods, to you have to use more or use it more often to get the same results?


    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Dave:

      Thanks for your comments!

      I don’t know the answer to your dependence question. I can only say from personal experience that in my younger days when I frequently used marijuana, I didn’t develop a dependency. As far as dogs are concerned, I’ve never found a study about dependency in them.

      For more information on the studies – go to: 


  9. Adyns68

    Hi dear

    I never knew CBD can be used on animals leave alone on a dog! 

    I really like informative your post is. But the dosage you gave, does it apply to all dogs? Or can it change according to the age and size of the animal.

    And is there any specific brand that you will advise which is better for dog usage?

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Adyns68:

      I’m not on expert on dosage by any means so that’s something you should discuss with your veterinarian. However, size and age will likely be a factor.

      Thanks for asking!

  10. Nate MC

    I’ve always wondered whether or not CBD oil was good for dogs. It seems that the same benefits it offers to people are the same for dogs. I do think that people should speak with their vets before thinking about giving their dogs CBD, just to be on the safe side.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Nate:

      I’m sure many people aren’t familiar with the benefits. After all, there is still a lot of mystery and misconception about cannabis.

      In my estimation, anything you can do to help your pet is a good thing! And, consulting your veterinarian is a very good idea.

  11. Clarissa

    Hello, I am not surprised that CBD oil is good for our pets😊 This was a great and educational article,  as so many people are so stuck on CBD and ” oh my you are going to get high from it” that the more articles are out about the facts on it , the more people can calm down about it. My mom had shoulder surgery in January and her doctor prescribed her CBD oil and she said she just started using that and stopped taking the hydrocodone they also prescribed  her. Again thank you for writing about the facts. Have a great day 😁 Clarissa 

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Clarissa:

      Thank you for your comments. People really need to know the difference between CBD and THC. It’s the THC that gets you high as you know. Of course, your dog doesn’t want to get high, she just wants her pain relieved!

      I’m so glad you mother is using CBD with good results. I know several people who are having good results as well!

  12. Ben Kuriger

    I’m so excited to get some CBD oil for my puppy, Harvey. I’ve been using the CBD oil from the company CTFO for several weeks now and boy, is it potent. It provides quite the powerful relaxant, anti-anxiety effect and promotes a wonderful night of sleep. It’s about time we start getting our puppies on this regiment as well.

    Awesome article!

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Ben:

      That’s wonderful that you’re already using it! I bet Harvey is one happy pup! I hope more and more people will get past the stigma of cannabis and start using it as well.

      And thanks for liking my article!

  13. Mary

    CBD oil has a lot of health benefits for people as I know, but I didn’t know dogs also use it. Good news for anyone who has a pet dog and they need CBD oil formulated for dogs. I have a friend whose dog is scared of anything. I will tell my friend about this CBD oil so that he can get it for his dog.

    Thank you for your time sharing this article.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Mary:

      What sort of issues does your friend’s dog have? There are so many benefits that CBD can offer. Especially for pain control.

      I hope that more and more people start to see the benefits of CBD for both themselves and their pets!

  14. Josh

    I’ve been hearing all about the benefits of cannabis oils for humans, but I never thought about it benefiting dogs.

    Our family actually have 2 doods that are very people centric, and are very depressed when we are both away at work for the day… granted I do come home at lunch.

    But they still act depressed until after we are home permanently for the rest of the day. So I’m willing to try Cannabis for them if it will help them not feel so bummed out.

    Is it better to give a dog cannabis rather than giving them normal medicine, like is it more natural?

    Also is there a good place to get CBD for both humans and dogs online? If so which do you suggest.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Josh:

      I think cannabis is a good way to go but you must first consult with your veterinarian. Hopefully, the one you have is open to CBD treatment.

      I can’t really advise you on whether to give your dog cannabis or normal medicine. That likely depends on a number of factors and is again a question for your veterinarian.

      There are quite a few WA members who are writing about CBD. I would try going to one of them to support them.


  15. Gwendolyn J

    As a home-grown herbalist, I have been suggesting CBD oil to people for years. I always have to explain to them the difference between THC and CBD. One day, the onus will be laid to rest (we hope).

    My darling pit bull, Snowy had breast cancer and I was sure I was going to lose her to it. A vet friend of mine took her in for surgery and she seemed to get better. However, she died almost 2 years ago. The breast cancer came back with a vengeance. If I had known about dog CBD I would have been all over it. My sweet girl might still be with me.

    Thank you so much for this information.

    1. Christopher Mitchell Post author

      Hi Gwendolyn:

      I’m so sorry to hear about Snowy. I’ve lost many pets and know how it feels.

      Yes, it seems like cannabis is the miracle herb that we’ve been ignoring far too long. And, there is still unfounded prejudice against it. If people will just open their minds, we may be able to address all kinds of health issues with ourselves and our beloved pets!

      Thank you so much for your comments!


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