If you're one of the millions of people who have tapped into the CBD pet industry for your beloved furbaby, then you may be tempted to try this holistic option for yourself.

Maybe you've wondered, "If it can do so much for my fur child, how will it help me?" Brightfield Group research found that 41% of pet parents give their pup CBD hemp oil but have not tried it themselves. 

Are you curious? 

Can humans take pet CBD oil? If 88% of pet owners have reported an improvement in their pet's health, imagine what it can do for you! Before you take a swig out of your pet's CBD tincture, we answer this question that has a lot to do with knowing the source and quality of oil that you've chosen for your dog. 

Let's investigate this topic so that the sharing can commence. 

What is CBD Oil? 

CBD oil stands for cannabidiol. It's a naturally occurring compound (cannabinoid) found in Cannabis plants. CBD is in high concentrations in Marijuana and Hemp, two closely related, often confused, and misunderstood plants. Since the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp has been pardoned for its infamous cousin and legalized throughout the U.S. 

Let's Talk About Hemp

The hemp plant has been an incredible industrial product for centuries. It has been made into beauty products, materials, paints, fuels, building materials, and over 25,000 other consumer products.

Enter a wellness store, and you'll be able to see a hemp label on numerous items. Amongst this wide range of products, farmers cultivate hemp oil from the seeds or the entire plant.

The hemp seed oil has tremendous benefits as a rich omega-6 and omega-3 oil. There is no CBD in hemp seed oil, so it will not have the same effect on your or your dog's body.  

Manufacturers extract CBD hemp oil from the stalks and leaves of the hemp plant. Due to the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content being very low in hemp, it cannot be a drug like marijuana.

THC is a plant cannabinoid responsive for giving humans psychedelic experiences. Hemp CBD products should not contain any more than 0.3% THC to ensure safety for your companion animal. 

Can Humans Take Pet CBD Oil?

If your doggo (or kitty) is happy enough to share, then yes, humans can take their pet's CBD oil. Superior quality CBD oils for humans or pets will have the same effect. Since people and their animals suffer many similar ailments, the product will have a similar impact on everyone's well-being. 

All mammals have a similar ability to metabolize the phytocannabinoids of cannabis. This activity is thanks to the endocannabinoid system and its cannabinoid receptors.

CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain respond pharmacologically to CBD and identify areas requiring balance or support. Here is how the cannabinoid receptors work: 

  • CB1 receptors exist in the brain and the intestines, gonads, central nervous system, and other glands. These receptors regulate brain function and emotional balance. They can also support normal blood pressure and support a healthy inflammation response when indirectly activated by CBD.

  • CB2 receptors are mostly found in peripheral organs and are also active in strengthening the immune system, connective tissue support, joint health, muscular system, and cardiovascular system. 

Is CBD Oil for Humans the Same as for Dogs?

Ideally, there should be no difference between human CBD oil and pet CBD oil. The FDA has been more stringent in CBD oil products, ensuring human-grade products that are safe and meet human consumption requirements. When purchasing pet CBD oil, make sure it meets the same quality standards before giving it to your cat or dog. 

What About Other CBD Products?

Sharing CBD oil tinctures are acceptable, but what about sharing other CBD products? Human CBD products are creative and vast.

Do you want to drink your CBD with your morning coffee? Or maybe as a little sweet treat before bedtime? Human CBD products come in all shapes and sizes, including vape liquids, edibles, beverages, capsules, or topicals. 

While we have a lot in common with our pets, some human foods can be toxic for our pets, so rather avoid sharing edibles or beverages with your pet. Chocolate, xylitol, some nuts, raisins, coffee, and more will make your pup violently ill and require emergency care. Smoke from vaping or flower joints can irritate your pet's eyes and skin, so avoid smoking hemp (or marijuana) in your pup's company.

The Difference Between CBD Oil for Dogs and Humans

Assuming the quality is the same, there are a few things to consider before sharing CBD oil with your pets. Users can sometimes identify the difference between CBD oil for humans and pets in one of the following categories:

Flavoring

We've already spoken about human CBD products that you should check for toxic ingredients, but if you're considering trying one of your dog's CBD treats, you may want to think again.

Many companies will flavor their doggy bites and chews to appeal to a dog's palate. Honest Paws uses natural, organic, allergy-free ingredients in their bites and chews, including barley, peanut butter, oats, turmeric, and some natural sulfates and acids.

Dosage

Dogs and cats have vastly different weights to us humans. Our dosage needs will therefore vary. Guidelines on a pet CBD product will not apply to you and vice versa. It's essential to know the correct dosage starting point for your pup. Your high dose may not agree with your toy poodle's tiny bodyweight.

Potency

CBD oil for pets and humans CBD oil comes in various strengths. You may choose a stronger potency for your pet's ailment or to make the tincture last longer.

Whatever the reason, it's important to take note of the CBD oil potency before administering a few drops to your pet. A 1000mg CBD tincture will have a more powerful effect than a 125mg CBD oil. The dosage amount will differ depending on the potency.

Regulations

Human CBD oils are required to meet FDA regulations to ensure safety for human consumption. Pet products are not held to the same standards, although to ensure a safe and trustworthy product for your pet, choose a certified brand.

Choosing the Right CBD Oil for Your Dog

On your search for the best CBD oil for dogs, there are a few things to consider. The pet CBD market achieved 946% growth in 2019, according to Brightfield Group research. With such a booming market, shady CBD products have unfortunately snuck below the radar of quality checks.

CBD has become a highlight in holistic options for pet parents who want to ease traditional medication and embrace alternative remedies. But there is no good going for something holistic when it doesn't tick the boxes for purity and safety.

Here are a few things to look out for to ensure a safe and high-quality product for your pooch:

  • Full-spectrum CBD oil is superior to isolate or broad-spectrum oils. It includes "whole-plant" benefits, including flavonoids, terpenes, and other plentiful cannabinoids. The CO2 extraction method for full-spectrum oil also guarantees a purer, higher-quality oil.

  • Organic CBD oil that is human grade and free of pesticides, harmful bacteria, and chemicals is safe for you and your pets.

  • Hemp-derived CBD oil is harmless for your pet due to its low THC content. Anything higher than 0.3% can hurt your fur baby and leave you flying high. 

  • Flawless lab results by a third party are important for verifying the claims of the CBD company. You can ask to see the Certificate of Analysis to confirm how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are present in the oil. 

Pets and humans will experience CBD oil benefits when it is high quality, full-spectrum, and human-grade. And don't forget to ask for that Certificate of Analysis. An honorable company will happily present it to you. 

Can My Dog Overdose on CBD Oil?

CBD is safe for humans and pets. The cannabinoids in oil products rarely produce any side effects, and there is no danger of overdosing.

The worst that can happen if you or your dog are sensitive to the products is a short bout of diarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, or low blood pressure. Sometimes, the type of carrier oil is responsible for the gastrointestinal side effects, so choose a CBD oil suspended in coconut oil or even hemp seed oil.

Finding the Right Dosage of CBD for Your Dog

To avoid the minor side effects that are seldomly associated with CBD oil, pet parents need to follow dosage guidelines for themselves and their pet, especially if you're dipping into the same bottle of CBD oil. When you've calculated the correct dosage for your body weight, you can adjust the dosage depending on your ailment and tolerance.

General dosage guidelines are as follows:

  • Dogs can start with a dosage of 1 to 5 milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. 

  • Cats can also benefit from CBD oil. Since cats are all in a similar weight range, the dosage recommendation is around 4 milligrams of CBD a day.

  • Humans can take around 1 to 6 milligrams for every 10 pounds of body weight.

Potency plays a role in CBD dosage, so some quick math will help you to figure out how many milligrams of CBD are in one full dropper (usually 1 milliliter). Simply dividing the milligrams of CBD by the quantity of oil in the bottle will tell you how many milligrams of CBD are in one full dropper. 

Honest Paws oils, and most CBD oil bottles, contain 30mls of oil. The potency can vary as follows:

  • 125mg strength CBD / 30ml = 4mg of CBD per 1ml dropper.

  • 250mg strength CBD / 30ml = 8mg of CBD per 1ml dropper.

  • 500mg strength CBD / 30ml = 16mg of CBD per 1ml dropper.

  • 1000 mg strength CBD / 30ml = 33mg of CBD per 1ml dropper.

The most common way to administer CBD oil for pets and humans is sublingual under the tongue. This causes the quickest response because the oil shortly enters the bloodstream. Taking CBD oil at mealtime or via the digestive system can take a little longer. For best results, consistent use of CBD oil, for extended periods is key. 

Sharing CBD Oil With Your Furry Friend 

With such an incredible product available to humans and pets, 48% of pet parents have turned their backs on prescription medications. Although we would recommend chatting to your veterinarian first, CBD can also support pain management so that you can reduce the use of NSAIDs.  

Before you take pet CBD oil, make sure it's human grade and ticks all the quality and safety boxes. If it doesn't, then you may want to reconsider giving it to your pet as we know you want the very best for them too. That way, next time your cannabis tincture reaches its final drop, you can reach for your doggo's pet CBD oil. 

Great satisfaction comes from sharing with man's best friend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pet CBD the same as human CBD?

Ideally, there should be no difference between human CBD oil and pet CBD oil. The FDA has been more stringent in CBD oil products, ensuring human-grade products are safe and meet human consumption requirements. When purchasing pet CBD oil, make sure it meets the same quality standards before giving it to your cat or dog. 

Can I use my pet's CBD oil?

If your doggo (or kitty) is happy enough to share, then yes, humans can take their pet's CBD oil. Since people and their animals suffer many similar ailments, the product will have a similar effect on everyone's well-being. 

Can I give my dog CBD for humans?

Yes, you can, but make sure you take note of your oil's potency and adjust the dosage for your pet's body weight. Do not share human CBD edibles with your pet without checking for toxic ingredients like chocolate, xylitol, coffee, etc. 

Can cats take CBD oil for humans?

Ideally, there should be no difference between human CBD oil and pet CBD oil. Take potency and dosage guidelines into consideration, though. Since cats are all in a similar weight range, the dosage recommendation is around 4mg of CBD a day.