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Learn More About CBD Oil For Dogs

One of the most significant investments you could make into your furbaby's life is prioritizing their health as a dog parent.

Holistic options are increasingly more prevalent in today's market, encouraging dog owners to give their pets the best that nature has to offer.

CBD oil products for dogs are among those, but walking into your local pet store can leave you pretty overwhelmed. How do you know what's good and what's average? Understanding the terminology and the must-haves will help you choose the best CBD oil for your dog.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil for Dogs

Cannabis, hemp, marijuana - these words are so often lumped together under the banner of "weed." So before we get into it, let's understand the difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and marijuana.

Cannabis is a plant with many varieties. One variety is called hemp. The other is called marijuana. These varieties look different and have contrasting cultivation methods. What really sets them apart, though, is their chemical makeup. 

The chemical compounds in cannabis plants are called phytocannabinoids. THC and CBD are two of the more popular phytocannabinoids that you may have heard about.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has a psychoactive effect, responsible for the high associated with marijuana. The hemp variety of the cannabis plant has lower traces of THC, however. Legally, it is only considered hemp if the trace is below 0.3 percent.

Where THC is richer in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) is richer in hemp plants. This is why hemp is usually the plant variety that's used to create CBD products. Not only is the concentration of CBD higher, but hemp-derived CBD is safer because it contains less THC .

As a result, more and more companies are jumping on the bandwagon to source and sell CBD oil.

By educating yourself on the information below, you can become an expert on the subject, ensuring that you select the best CBD oil for your dogs!  

Is CBD Oil Safe for Canines?

The question on many pet owners' minds when they first encounter CBD oil is whether the oil will get their dog high. The high associated with cannabis is due to the compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is dominant in the marijuana variety of cannabis.

In hemp-derived CBD, however, the percentage of THC is 0.3 or less. This is too low to get Fido tripping, so there is no need to worry about intoxication! 

Benefits & Side Effects of Hemp Oil

Hemp oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, nutritional antioxidants, vitamins B and D, and linolenic acid. These essential fatty acids make it a great product for supporting healthy digestion, heart health, and skin health.

CBD is safe and has virtually no side effects in dogs. Most dog owners simply report slight lethargy when first introducing CBD to their pet.  

How Can CBD Oil Help Your Dog?

As with the human body, your dog's body works very hard to maintain balance and harmony. It does this with the help of the Endocannabinoid System, which operates by improving your sleep, keeping a controlled heartbeat, stabilizing temperatures, controlling immune responses and stress responses, and much more!

Cannabinoids like CBD interact with the the Endocannabinoid System when they enter the body and can have the following impact on your dog's overall wellness:

  • Help with occasional and seasonal allergies

  • Support skin health and moisture content

  • Support cardiovascular and neurological function

  • Support a healthy immune system 

  • Can help with muscle recovery, joint flexibility, and mobility

  • Help maintain a normal inflammatory response in the body

  • May help with discomfort, stiffness, and soreness due to daily exercise and activity

  • Support bone, connective tissue, and joint health

  • Provide antioxidant support

  • And more

How to Dose CBD Oils for your Dog

When introducing new additions to your dog's healthcare regimen, it's always a good idea to monitor your dog for changes in behavior.

With CBD oil, it's no different, and it's a good idea to talk to vets about introducing CBD oil into your pup's routine. 

There are many variables to consider when determining CBD oil dosing for your dog:

  • Weight

  • Age

  • Type of animal (canine, feline, or equine)

  • Use case - depending on the severity of your pet's situation, a higher dose may be needed

  • Potency of the tincture - choose a full-spectrum CBD oil with a stronger potency if you have a larger dog

A good formula to use when deciding on a CBD dose for your canine is 1-5mg of CBD per 10lbs of body weight.

Start slow (on the lower end of the above range), monitor your dog, and increase dosages gradually if needed.

Manufacturers will include a suggested dosage, or you can make use of the Honest Paws Dosage Calculator. 

How long does CBD oil take to start working?

If you want the quickest result, sublingual (under the tongue) administration of CBD oil is the fastest method. This is because the mouth is a stage rich in tissues and mucous glands, ensuring speedy diffusion into the bloodstream.

When using a dropper into your dog's mouth, an effect can occur anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour.  

Possible Side Effects of CBD in Dogs 

Hemp-derived CBD is a safe option for both you and your dog.

Side effects are rare, but we all react to plant oils differently. Carefully monitor your pet when introducing CBD oil into their routine.

There are some possible side effects to be aware of, though most pet owners simply report slight lethargy in their dogs when first starting them out on CBD.

Other possible side effects include:

  • Dry mouth (always keep fresh water accessible to your pet)

  • Diarrhea (due to the carrier oils used in CBD products - administering CBD at mealtime may help with this)

  • Interference with chronic medication (speak to your veterinarian about any ways CBD might interference with medication that your pet is currently on)

CBD for Dogs Buying Guide

Nothing beats a tick-off list to help you decide on a product.

When you are so overwhelmed by the hundreds of pet CBD oil suppliers, knowing what counts as a "pro" or a "con" will make your choice easier.

Buying the best full-spectrum CBD oil for your dog comes down to a few points highlighted below. 

What is full-spectrum CBD Oil?

A full-spectrum CBD oil takes advantage of all that the hemp plant has to offer. The Cannabis Sativa L strain has hundreds of phytocannabinoids, including CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), terpenes, and other compounds.

When a CBD product is listed as "full-spectrum," it refers to the inclusion of these cannabinoids through a meticulous extraction process. 

CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD are the other terms you will come across. Both have been through a more extensive extraction process to eliminate and "purify" the CBD oil. However, this can sometimes result in a weaker oil potency where some of the goodness has also been discarded. A full-spectrum CBD oil allows all cannabinoids to intensify their workings on our endocannabinoid system. 

Difference Between Hemp Oil and CBD Oil

Hemp oil and CBD oil are typically used synonymously. Hemp oil is essentially the oil that's extracted from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant (usually the Cannabis Sativa L species). It includes phytocannabinoids like CBD, CBG, CBN, and more. It's a more accurate term than CBD oil, since technically, CBD isn't the only phytocannabinoid found in most CBD products.

However, since most people are more familiar with the term 'CBD oil,' it tends to be the more popular wording. Here at Honest Paws, you'll see us use both terms interchangeably.

One term that's not the same, however, is hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil differs from CBD oil in that it is derived from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant (the seeds don't contain CBD) whereas CBD oil is extracted from the stalk, leaves, and flowers (which have the highest concentration of CBD).  

Hemp seed oil is popular as it is cheaper to produce. While it has many benefits (hemp seeds are considered a superfood), again: it does not contain cannabidiol (CBD) and other phytocannabinoids. Don't get fooled into buying hemp seed oil for cannabidiol benefits! 

Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Does the CBD company you're considering have a Certificate of Analysis for their products and have those products been tested by a third party lab?

This is a critical step in the production of high quality CBD products. A COA will show the percentages of cannabinoids in the oil and, more importantly, if any toxins are present. It will also display the THC level (ideally less than 0.3 percent) to guarantee that the oil was sourced from legal hemp.

It's also a good idea to research whether the company has a clean slate with the Better Business Bureau. The number of reviews and positive content in those reviews are also a plus!

Choose “Nano-Sized Microemulsion” CBD

It's general knowledge that oil is not soluble in water. But clever scientists have created a way to develop water-compatible cannabis extract formulations, also known as water-soluble CBD. 

These formulas are called: microemulsions, liposomes, and nanoemulsions.  Liposomal Emulsions are of good quality, but the perfect microemulsion is a nano-sized microemulsion. They have the smallest particles, making them water-soluble and easier to absorb in the body.

It's the best choice for your dog!

Only Purchase an Organic Hemp Product

The hemp plant has a remarkable ability to draw up toxins from the soil. For this reason, you want to make sure that you buy a CBD product from a hemp farm that has organic practices.

This means there should be no traces of toxins, pesticides, or metals. You should be able to see evidence of this on the Certificate of Analysis. To further endorse your dog's health, CBD oil should be non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and dairy-free. 

Be Wary of Cheap CBD Oil for Dogs

You truly get what you pay for when it comes to CBD products. If the price is a steal, then it's usually a sign that one of these other must-haves have not been met.

Extracting full spectrum oil from the hemp plant is an expensive process when done correctly. 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 oil. It is done with expensive machinery, often increasing the cost of the oil.

Cheaper tinctures might have been extracted in another way and be less effective. 

More CBD Products for Dogs

It's important to do your homework before buying CBD products for your dog. Hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 states of the United States due to the 0.3 percent level of THC.

CBD Dog Treats

CBD dog bites and chews are convenient in many ways. Dosages are perfectly measured, giving dog owners the ability to administer CBD to their dogs without much thought at all. You won't have to hold their mouth open or make sure they eat their meal. Your dog may remind you if you've forgotten their daily CBD chew!


CBD oil tinctures come in various strengths, which is perfect if you're opting for CBD for a specific use case and want to give your dog a stronger CBD dose. Honest Paws tinctures are available in 125mg, 250mg, 500mg, or 1000mg.

The tinctures are all 30ml and come with a dropper for easy administration. Natural ingredients with great flavor are sometimes added to aid with specific conditions. For example, ginger is an additional ingredient in one of our product lines for its ability to promote a healthy inflammatory response in the body. Chamomile is added for another product line for its ability to promote relaxation.

Peanut Butter

Can you hear your pup's lips smacking? Most dogs love a good spoonful of peanut butter. CBD peanut butter is a great way to administer quality CBD oil to your dog, while also offering them a tasty snack.

When purchased from a reputable pet product company, you know that it's free of xylitol, added sugars, and other unnecessary and harmful ingredients.

The Bottom Line

CBD is considered a dietary supplement by the Food and Drug Administration. Your dog does not need a prescription, and it's totally legal when derived from hemp.

With minimal side effects, this holistic option is a great choice for you and your dog to support their immune system, promote long-term health, and support cardiovascular function.

Your furball will love you for adding high quality CBD products into their routine. Give it a try and turn your dog's ruff day into a tail-wagging occasion!


How is cannabidiol (CBD) different from marijuana?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound which is found in both the marijuana and hemp varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp-derived CBD only contains 0.3% THC (the compound responsible for the feeling of getting "high), whereas marijuana-derived products contain much higher levels of THC and are toxic to animals.

Will CBD Oil get my dog “high”?

No, hemp-derived CBD oil will not get your dog high. This is because the levels of THC in hemp-derived CBD are 0.3% or less.

CBD products derived from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant are legal in all 50 states.

Can I use CBD oil for dogs?

Yes, CBD oil is safe to use for dogs and has very little to no side effects. Experts recommend a dose of 1-5mg per 10lbs of body weight.

Should I give my puppy CBD?

Many pet owners give their dog CBD to help with stress, occasional stiffness, or discomfort. CBD can also be used to fight free radicals, support the immune system, and provide antioxidant support.

Is CBD Oil for dogs water soluble?

The best CBD oil for dogs is one that's water soluble. This is because it's absorbed faster in the body, making the effects significantly more effective.