CBD is short for “cannabidiol,” a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant.
This compound, and others like it, are called phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids for short.
The cannabis plant (and in this case, we’re referring specifically to the Cannabis Sativa L. species) comes in two varieties: marijuana and hemp. CBD can be extracted from both of these varieties.
However, only CBD extracted from the hemp variety is safe for your pet.
So how does CBD become CBD oil (also referred to as hemp oil)?
Using a process called CO2 extraction, CBD and other phytochemicals are extracted from the cannabis plant, resulting in a pure quality oil that involves zero post-processing.
This oil, also known as a CBD tincture, is one of the most popular forms of CBD for consumption.
CBD oil can be full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or be packaged as CBD isolate.
While all three forms can offer potential health benefits, full-spectrum CBD contains the most cannabinoids. These cannabinoids all work synergistically in order to provide the most potent results for your health or your pet's health.
The cannabis plant contains over a hundred cannabinoids like CBD, including CBG (Cannabigerol) and CBN (Cannabinol). The plant also contains compounds called terpenes, which play a role in the effects certain cannabis strains have on the body.
A full-spectrum CBD oil (also written as full spectrum CBD oil) includes all of these compounds, which work together to produce more potent results in the body. This process is known as the 'entourage effect.' The entourage effect takes advantage of the synergistic relationship between all of the plant's compounds, resulting in the highest quality of oil products and allowing a person or animal to take the fullest advantage of the benefits of CBD.
To use an analogy, a full-spectrum CBD oil is basically a salad that includes all of the healthy fruits and vegetables that further benefit your health as toppings (instead of just relying on the leafy greens).
On the other end of full spectrum CBD oil products are products that are labeled as broad spectrum (which doesn't contain all of the cannabis plant's cannabinoids) and CBD isolate (which leaves out every single cannabinoid except for CBD). To extent our salad analogy, these pet products would essentially be a salad made only of leafy greens - without the added benefits of those immune-supporting fruits and vegetables.
When choosing a CBD oil for dogs, always opt for full-spectrum pet CBD to see the most potent results.
When cannabinoids like CBD are introduced into the body, they interact with something called the endocannabinoid system.
You can think of the endocannabinoid system as you would any other regulatory system in the body like the immune system or the central nervous system.
The endocannabinoid system in particular plays a role in regulating key physiological processes such as appetite, sleep, pain response, and mood.
And yes, our pets have an endocannabinoid system too! In fact, the system is present in all mammalian bodies, where its job is to remedy any imbalances in order to achieve homeostasis, a.k.a. optimal function of and steady equilibrium among our internal processes.
So how does the endocannabinoid system work exactly?
Simply put, the system is made up of cannabinoid receptors called CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. The below picture shows how these receptors are spread all throughout the body, located in important organs like the brain and lungs and in important systems like the immune system and vascular system.
When cannabinoids like CBD enter the body, they interact with the endocannabinoid system either by binding directly to and activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors, or by performing certain actions that influence the endocannabinoid system indirectly.
These interactions are what result in the potential health benefits a person (or animal) can experience when using CBD or other cannabinoids.
For example, the cannabinoid THC can modulate pain at the spinal cord and brain level when it activates CB1 receptors, while activating the CB2 receptors can help support the body’s normal inflammatory response.
CBD oil for dogs is perfectly safe--as long as it's derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant.
Some pet parents may still have concerns about whether CBD will get their dog 'high,' however.
The high commonly associated with cannabis is due to a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is dominant in the marijuana variety of cannabis.
Products derived from the marijuana variety of cannabis are NOT safe for animal consumption, as they typically contain high levels of THC and can thus be toxic to animals.
In hemp-derived CBD, however, the percentage of THC is typically 0.3 or less.
In fact, it's because the hemp variety has such low traces of THC that it's legal in all 50 states of the U.S.
CBD is one of the most talked-about options in the holistic wellness space, and it’s no surprise why.
Here at Honest Paws, we see firsthand from our glowing reviews and customer success stories how CBD is supporting the health and happiness of pets all over the nation!
If you’re currently exploring the world of CBD and how it can help your four-legged friend, part of the journey in getting all your top CBD questions answered is learning all about the many CBD benefits for dogs and how it can help them live happier and healthier lives.
CBD products are used for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons include the following:
to support normal cardiovascular, immune, and neurological function
to promote relaxation and a calming effect on the nerves
to help maintain healthy joints and connective tissue
to fight free radicals and support cellular health
to enhance the body’s immune response
to help with occasional discomfort or joint stiffness associated with daily exercise or normal aging
to help with occasional and seasonal allergies
to support skin health and moisture content
to provide antioxidant support
...and the list goes on!
Furthermore, CBD oils contain omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids as well as linolenic acid. These essential fatty acids make it a great product for supporting healthy digestion, heart health, and skin health.
CBD oil also contains nutritional antioxidants and vitamins B and D, which support healthy brain function as well as bone health.
Remember: when picking out a CBD oil for dogs, be sure to select a CBD product that is hemp-derived. Only Pet CBD derived from hemp is safe for animal consumption.
When it comes to side effects, most pet parents simply report slight lethargy in their dogs when first administering CBD oil.
However, every pet is different, so it's important that pet parents monitor their dogs closely for any changes in behavior.
Some possible side effects of CBD include:
Dry mouth (CBD can lead to a decrease in the production of saliva. This typically presents itself as an increased thirst in your pet. Ensure that your dog always has access to fresh water so that they can slake their thirst as needed. )
Diarrhea (If you’ve ever introduced a new food or supplement to your dog’s healthcare regimen, you probably already know that diarrhea is almost an expected side effect. In this case, the gastrointestinal upset is not caused by the CBD itself but rather by the carrier oil that’s used in the product. This is why it’s important to slowly introduce CBD to your dog, as it gives their body time to acclimate. It’s also a good rule of thumb to offer CBD at mealtime as opposed to on an empty stomach. )
Lowered Blood Pressure (If you administer too high a dose of CBD to your pet, it may cause a temporary drop in blood pressure. The drop itself is small, but it can create a temporary feeling of lightheadedness in your pup. Be sure to stay within the recommended dosage range for your dog’s weight whenever offering them CBD.)
If your dog is currently taking medication for a chronic condition, be sure to speak with your holistic veterinarian first before introducing CBD to your dog's healthcare regimen.
As a rule of thumb, you should always introduce CBD (and any other supplement for that matter) in a gradual manner in order to allow your dog ample time to adjust to the new addition to his healthcare regimen.
A general guideline is to fall within the range of 1-5 mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.
A 70-lb dog, therefore, could receive anywhere from 7-35mg of CBD a day.
In the beginning, you’ll want to start at the lower end of that range. Over the period of a week or two, you can slowly work your way up to a dosage that meets your dog's needs.
Some pet parents may opt for a stronger dose as well--e.g. double or more the recommended amount--based on their dog’s unique situation.
Of course, if you're purchasing CBD oil, you might be wondering how many milligrams of CBD are in each milliliter of oil so that you can calculate an appropriate dosage amount.
Here is a breakdown of the amount of CBD in each of our oils here at Honest Paws:
Our CBD Oil for small dogs (under 25lbs) contains 125mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 4 mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for medium dogs (25-50lbs) contains 250mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 8mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for large dogs (over 50lbs) contains 500mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 16mg of CBD.
Our CBD oil for extra strength needs contains 1000mg of CBD. Each full dropper from this bottle (1mL) will contain 33mg of CBD.
As you begin to give your dog CBD consistently, you’ll have the opportunity to observe any improvements to his situation and can adjust his dose as needed.
If you want the quickest results, sublingual administration of CBD oil (under the tongue) is the fastest method of delivery.
This is because the sublingual glands in this area allow for the CBD to diffuse directly into the bloodstream.
If you're giving your dog a different CBD product, such as a CBD bite or chew, you can typically expect to see results within 30-45 minutes.
Please keep in mind, however, that every dog is different. For dogs who need support for more serious situations, it can take time to see the results of CBD. You can read some of our CBD customer success stories to learn more about the different time frames some pet parents have experienced, ranging from just a few days to sometimes a month or two for more serious issues.
Keep in mind as well that if you're not seeing any results with CBD oil for dogs, it's perfectly safe to increase your dog's dosage, so long as you stay within the recommended dosage guidelines of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.
CBD is arguably the most popular holistic supplement on the market today.
Sadly, with the growing rise in demand, companies are virtually popping up overnight and cutting corners to get their product out as quickly as possible.
In other words: not all CBD is created equally.
In light of this, we strongly encourage pet parents to do their homework when it comes to purchasing a CBD product.
Here are just a few things to look out for:
Make sure that the CBD comes from a respected, reputable company that’s in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. The number of reviews on their CBD products as well as what those reviews say is also an important part in finding the best CBD oil for your dog.
The CBD should be organic, non-GMO, soy free, 100% natural, full spectrum, and human grade. It should also be made from the hemp plant (not the marijuana plant).
Be sure to select a product that's derived from hemp oil -- not hemp seed oil. While hemp oil is derived from the stalk, leaves, and flowers of the cannabis plant, hemp seed oil is only derived from the seeds of the plant and therefore contains no CBD whatsoever.
The CBD oil you select should be extracted using CO2 extraction methods. CO2 extraction is the healthiest and cleanest method of extraction. It kills any microbial bacteria, insect mites, mold, or mildew that’s on the hemp plant, guaranteeing a cleaner CBD oil.
Only select CBD products for your pet that are certified with the NASC. Companies with a certification from the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) undergo rigorous quality audits to ensure they're meeting the highest current standards in the animal health product industry. Purchasing CBD from an NASC-compliant company ensures you're doing business with a company that is both ethical and 100% dedicated to providing you with safe and high-standard products. This is significant, considering the alarming number of CBD products on the market today that actually contain ZERO CBD.
Finally, only buy CBD that has been lab tested to ensure quality and safety. The company you do business with should be able to furnish you with a certificate of analysis (COA) upon request, which is a laboratory report of the product’s chemical make-up. This allows you to make sure that the THC levels in the product are low enough to not affect your canine friend. It will also prove that the CBD product contains no contaminants or pesticides.
The hemp plant has a remarkable ability to draw up toxins from the soil where it's farmed.
For this reason, you want to make sure that you buy a CBD product from a hemp farm that follows strict organic practices.
This means there should be no traces of toxins, pesticides, or metals in the hemp plants. You'll be able to see evidence of this on a Certificate of Analysis, which can help you determine whether or not you've purchased a high quality CBD oil.
Remember: you should only ever do business with a CBD company that's transparent about what goes into their CBD products.
Part of this includes publicly displaying a Certificate of Analysis on their website (usually found on the product pages).
This Certificate of Analysis (abbreviated as COA) is a document that shows the data and results of third party lab tests.
These lab results will confirm that your CBD oil or other CBD product contains no toxins, contaminants, or pesticides.
The data will also show you the concentration levels of each cannabinoid the CBD product contains and allow you to confirm that the THC levels are below 0.3 percent.
Here at Honest Paws, we’re completely transparent about what goes into our CBD products.
Our full spectrum CBD oil is derived via CO2 extraction from hemp plants cultivated in Colorado. Made in the USA and thoroughly lab tested, we guarantee the highest quality of CBD products.
Furthermore, our CBD products are human grade, organic, 100% natural, and completely vegan. Additionally, they’re non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, corn free, and gluten free as well!
And we’re extremely proud to be certified with the National Animal Supplement Council for all our products.
We know your animal companion is a part of your family and should only receive the best quality when it comes to health and wellness. Our NASC certification is part of our dedication to ensuring we only provide you with the safest and highest standard of products.
Not many companies can say the same about their products!
We also pride ourselves on our world-class customer service. Here at Honest Paws, pet parents aren't just customers. They're a part of the family--or as we like to call it: the Honest Paws Pack!
That's why we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all our products. That’s how confident we are in our all-natural, organic ingredients and in the rigorous quality audits we undergo to achieve the highest standards in the CBD space.
But don’t take our word for it. With thousands of glowing reviews across our products, there’s a reason the Honest Paws pack is filled with happy dogs and cats who are living their best lives!
CBD oil tinctures come in various strengths. Honest Paws tinctures are available in the following potencies: 125mg, 250mg, 500mg, or 1000mg. (This article goes into more detail about how to select the right potency for your dog).
Each pet tincture comes with a 1mL dropper for easy administration. Your dog's daily intake of CBD will usually be 1 full dropper a day, but this dosage may vary based on the potency you select, your dog's weight, and your dog's unique situation.
Remember, you can always adjust the CBD dosage as needed. If you're not seeing results in your dog after 2 weeks, it's perfectly safe to increase the CBD dosage as long as you remain within the guidelines of 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.
Of course, CBD oil for dogs isn't the only type of CBD safe for animal consumption.
There are many different ways that dogs can enjoy the benefits of CBD.
CBD dog bites and chews are convenient in many ways.
Dosages are perfectly measured, making it easy to know just how much CBD your dog is getting with each tasty morsel.
CBD bites and chews also contain flavors that dogs love, like poultry, coconut, peanut butter, and turmeric.
This makes giving your dog their daily CBD hassle-free, as they'll usually welcome the opportunity to enjoy a delicious bite!
Peanut butter contains many fatty acids as well as numerous other nutrients that can support heart health, provide antioxidant support, and may help fight free radicals.
Coconut oil can support the immune system, promote gastrointestinal health, and also support skin health.
Both are excellent choices if you're looking to add CBD to your dog's healthcare regimen in a creative way!
CBD is taking the holistic world by storm, and it’s easy to see why.
People all over the world are turning to this holistic option for a host of reasons, from fighting free radicals and supporting healthy immune function to promoting relaxation and helping with occasional discomfort.
Fortunately, these days, our beloved four-legged friends can take part in the exciting world of CBD too, thanks to CBD pet companies like Honest Paws that are dedicated to crafting the best CBD products for our dogs and cats to support their health and happiness.
If you’ve been on the fence about giving CBD a try, why not make today the day you take a leap to see the results for yourselves?
You can browse our full CBD collection here and read for yourself what our happy customers have to say about us!
And if you have any questions at any point, we're always happy to help! You can email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 1-844-729-7790.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?
CBD oil is safe for dogs as long as it's derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant. CBD derived from the marijuana variety, on the other hand, is NOT safe for animal consumption.
Will CBD Oil Get My Dog High?
CBD oil derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant will not get your dog high. This is because it contains levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (the compound responsible for psychoactive effects) that are typically below 0.3 percent.
Are CBD Products Legal?
CBD products derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant are legal in all 50 states. This is because hemp-derived CBD products contain tetrahydrocannabinol levels that are below 0.3 percent (unlike marijuana-derived products, which contain higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for psychoactive effects).
Should I Give My Puppy CBD?
Many pet parents opt to give their dog CBD to help with stress, occasional stiffness, or occasional discomfort. CBD can also be used to fight free radicals, support the immune system, and provide antioxidant support.
How is Cannabidiol (CBD) Different From Marijuana?
CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is found in both the marijuana and hemp varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp-derived CBD only contains 0.3% THC or less (the compound responsible for the feeling of getting 'high'), whereas marijuana-derived products contain much higher levels of THC and are toxic to animals. When selecting a CBD product for your dog, always be sure to purchase hemp-derived CBD. Never buy a marijuana product for your dog.
Article written by Lily Velez. Medically reviewed and edited for publication by JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM.