CBD dog treats are popular, tasty, and easy to administer. Is there a pet that doesn't run to your side when they know there is a treat awaiting them?

Unlikely! Well, then we encourage you to give CBD bites a try for your furry friend. After all, people can't be the only ones with access to tasty cannabis edibles; it's time to let your pup in on the goodness of cannabidiol CBD treats. 

A question that we often get asked is, "How long does it take for CBD dog treats to work?" We know you're eager to see the health benefits of CBD in your doggo, but the answer to this question depends on your dog's condition, how long they've been taking CBD, and the dosage that they're on. 

Keep reading as we address this topic. It may be quicker than you think.  

What are CBD Dog Treats?

How Long Does It Take For CBD Dog Treats To Work

Cannabidiol CBD dog treats are edible products, like small biscuits, that have the added goodness of full-spectrum CBD hemp oil. Cannabis hemp dog treats are for canine consumption as a supplement to their health and wellness.

Treats can be used for training and offer a convenient alternative to CBD oil. CBD treats are made extra tasty for your pet, with some brands using peanut butter, blueberries, chicken, or apple flavors.

Where Does CBD Come From?

The predominant ingredient, cannabidiol, is an oil derived from the plant, flowers, and hemp plant's stalk. Hemp seed oil or powder may also be present in the CBD edibles for added benefits.

It's important to know that difference and that a product that says "hemp seed oil" does not contain cannabidiol, but it can provide omega fatty acids for a lush and shiny coat.

CBD is one of the many cannabinoids available in the cannabis plant species. This naturally occurring compound has become popular for its therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have psychoactive effects. THC is toxic for dogs, so choosing a hemp-derived CBD product ensures that only trace amounts of THC are present (0.3% THC or less). 

Choosing The Right CBD Treat For Your Dog

Choosing a suitable CBD product can be a little overwhelming as there are so many options out there. To make it simpler, some brands have labeled their treats and added other supporting ingredients to target specific needs in dogs. Some focused areas include wellness and immune system, relief from discomfort, calming treats, and mobility support.

Health Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

Health Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

You may have heard some anecdotal success stories of how dogs have responded to CBD oil. Research for canines is ongoing, but within people, the results are pretty outstanding. CBD helps support physical and mental wellbeing in numerous ways.

Reduce Seizure Frequency

CBD dog treats may help to reduce seizure frequency and treat epilepsy in dogs. It does this by supporting normal brain and nervous system functions. It can also support memory recall in dogs who have suffered a stroke or other neurological damage. 

Support Inflammation and Pain Management

When you give your dog CBD, it helps the canine body to maintain a normal inflammatory response and ease the pain. For dogs with Glaucoma, CBD has been effective in relieving their pain and discomfort. 

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

CBD can "reduce the pain response and increased activity for dogs with arthritis or joint degeneration." The joint pain will be less with regular doses of CBD treats or CBD oil. CBD supports connective tissue health.

Anti-anxiety Effects

Using CBD promotes a calming effect and may help dogs with anxiety problems, separation or isolation stress, hyperactivity, or environmentally stressful situations. CBD supports average emotional balance. 

Supports Skin Health

For dogs with sensitive skin or seasonal or occasional allergies, CBD hemp oil may provide relief when applied topically. CBD wellness bites can also support the skin from within.

A Stronger Immune System

CBD supports the body's immune response and may protect against disease. It is a powerful antioxidant and may help protect body cells and tissues. 

Supports Cancer Treatment

CBD has anti-tumor properties and can prevent the growth of cancer. It can protect the body against free radical damage.

Common CBD Side Effects 

CBD is safe for humans and dogs. You cannot overdose your dog on CBD products. Trace amounts of THC are harmless in dogs.

On that note, don't ever share your cannabis edibles with your fur child. Human products may contain sweeteners, chocolate, or other harmful ingredients not intended for dogs. Instead, stick to CBD products that are created for canine taste buds only.

When it comes to symptoms, very few adverse reactions are seen in pets using CBD oil. Diarrhea, low blood pressure, and excessive thirst may present if you've given your dog too high a dose. You may need to start on a lower dosage and gradually increase it until your dog's body has adjusted to the CBD hemp extract.

How Long Does it Take for CBD Treats to Work?

The answer to this is a little complex. Reviews from pet parents have shown that they can see the effects from the first dose for acute conditions. For more serious ailments, like chronic pain, mobility problems, or seizures, it may take a few weeks before the CBD health benefits kick in. 

  • For senior Boston Terrier Gracie, CBD products made an impact on her joint pain and mobility. She was immediately calmer and sleeping better, but it was only after a month that she started to become more active. 

  • For Thea, a German Short Haired Pointer with travel anxiety, her owner noticed the calming effects on the first day of taking a CBD dose. 

  • Izzy, a Golden Retriever with a fear of fireworks, was calmed within minutes after receiving her first dose of CBD oil. 

Generally, the response time depends on the delivery method. CBD edibles are absorbed through the stomach and could take between 45-90 minutes to work. CBD oil that has been administered sublingually (under the tongue) will take 20-60 minutes to impact the cannabinoid receptor sites. 

Preempting your dog's needs will allow you to see the desired results, especially if you're dosing them to promote relaxation or acute pain relief. 

How Does CBD Work?

Cannabinoids work by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System. The Endocannabinoid System plays a vital role in regulating our mood, nervous system, motor control, metabolism, pain, inflammatory response, and other functions throughout the day.

Pet owners and their fur babies have an Endocannabinoid System! When humans and dogs use CBD, the cannabinoids stimulate the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) to experience many benefits in the body.

How Much CBD Should I Give My Dog?

how many cbd treats to give a dog

Manufacturers will advise on dosage for your dear dog. The amount of CBD oil suggested for your dog will be calculated based on their body weight.

A general guideline falls within the range of 1-5 mg CBD per 10lbs of body weight. When it comes to offering your pup a CBD dog treat, dosing is often simpler as each bite contains a measured amount of CBD per item. 

Dosage instructions for Honest Paw's full-spectrum CBD Bites and Chews are as follows:

  • Dogs less than 25 lbs: 1 x 5mg treat per day

  • 25-50 lbs: 2 x 5mg treats per day

  • Over 50 lbs: 3 x 5mg chews per day.

Do Some Dogs Need A Higher Dose?

Often, larger doses may suit your dog if they have special needs or severe conditions. For instance, a dog dealing with epilepsy or post-surgery discomfort may benefit from an extra-strength administration of CBD. Dogs requiring support with their mobility or and who might be experiencing arthritic joint pain may also benefit from a more robust potency of CBD. 

Each pet is unique, and finding the perfect CBD dose for your companion animal may take some time. We suggest starting with the lowest dose for their weight and gradually increasing it. When you see results without any adverse symptoms, then you've hit the sweet spot for dosage.

How Often Should I Give My Dog CBD Treats?

Again, the frequency of dosing depends on your dogs. CBD edibles can last anything from 4-8 hours. If this is suitable for your dog's condition, then you can dose them once a day.

For example, if you are dosing your pup for isolation anxiety and you'll be at work for 6 hours, then administering their CBD dosage an hour before you leave will be suitable. If your furry friend needs CBD to help them with chronic discomfort, then dosing them two or three times a day may give them the 24-hour relief they need. 

A study on CBD consumer habits and behavior by the Brightfield Group found that:

  • 47.3% of dog owners dosed their dog at least once a day

  • 19.5% found the need to offer their furbaby a CBD treat multiple times a day

  • 2.6% of pet parents dosed their dog as needed (this may be for the occasional car ride, or fireworks, etc.)

It would be best if you decided what will work for your best friend. Give it a week of daily dosing, and if you think your dog needs more, then you can increase their dose. After a week, assess their condition and whether you need to make any adjustments. 

CBD Edibles, A Reward for Your Dog's Body

CBD Edibles, A Reward For Your Dog's Body

CBD is no longer a secret. The word is out about this incredible health-supporting supplement. From easing anxiety, promoting effortless movement, relieving discomfort, and supporting overall health and vitality, dog needs can be met with tasty CBD dog treats.

And the best part is that it has minimal side effects as a natural option and can play a supporting role in treatment plans of severe conditions. Of course, we encourage you to speak to your vet before adding anything new to your pet's diet. 

For some dogs, the effect of CBD oil kicks in quite quickly. For others, it can take a bit longer for the results to present themselves. Be patient with the process, as with any treatment plan, and your pet will reap the rewards soon enough. 

Contact Honest Paws or browse our blog if you would like to find out more about CBD. You'll be surprised by the many ways that this cannabis plant extract can help your pet reach its full potential. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do CBD dog treats work?

Yes. CBD works by interacting with something called the Endocannabinoid System. When people and dogs use CBD, the cannabinoids stimulate the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) to experience many benefits in the body.

Can dogs overdose on CBD treats?

You cannot overdose your dog on CBD products. The trace amounts of THC are harmless in dogs, and CBD from hemp is safe for people and dogs. 

How long does it take for CBD oil to work in dogs?

CBD treats or edibles are absorbed through the stomach and could take between 45-90 minutes to work. CBD oil that has been administered sublingually (under the tongue) will take 20-60 minutes to impact the cannabinoid receptor sites.