CBD...what is it? by Plantacea

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So you’ve heard CBD oil has some amazing benefits. You may have tried it for yourself.

But did you know there are CBD products made specifically for pets?

It’s true! The same way you can buy toys, food, clothes, and even cars for your dog, you can get your little guy his very own CBD oil.

Hang on a minute. Compared to over the counter pain meds like Ibuprofen or Tylenol, CBD oil products are expensive. Extracting CBD from hemp and blending it well is not an easy process. Is investing money in dog CBD products worth it?

How is CBD oil for dogs so different from our own, anyway? Can I give my dog human CBD oil?

The short answer: Yes. But doing so safely is more complicated than you think.

For the complete answers to these questions and more, keep reading.

Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil is a non-hallucinogenic oil derived from hemp that relieves pain and inflammation. It’s a popular organic alternative to stronger, man-made opioids and prescription medications.

Remember, CBD is different from the THC found in cannabis. THC is the compound that causes cognitive impairment and feelings of giddiness. CBD activates different cannabinoid receptors in our brains to effectively:

  • Relieve pain
  • Combat anxiety and depression
  • Slow tumor growth
  • Prevent nausea
  • Reduce chronic and short-term inflammation
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes
  • Safely reduce high blood pressure

All these benefits of CBD aren’t exactly new. Humans have been using marijuana to treat pain since about 2900BC. And these are all the same problems you can help your pet recover from using CBD oil supplements!

As a matter of fact, most debilitating diseases caused by pain and inflammation respond well to CBD treatment. CBD has been clinically proven to prevent the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and epilepsy.

Many chemotherapy patients supplement their radiation treatment with CBD oil supplements. Several studies show increased cancer cell death in patients that use both CBD and chemotherapy. This leads us to believe CBD likely has neuroprotective properties.

So, if CBD oil relieves pain and can protect our bodies from free radicals and cancerous growths, why isn’t everyone taking it?

Risks of CBD Oil

There don’t seem to be any major negative side effects to taking CBD regularly– although the research for this continues.

A small number of patients stopped taking CBD oil supplements after suspected liver damage. Most patients with any complaints report some uncomfortable side effects.

Some people taking CBD oil supplements experience:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating

The same goes for your dog. You may notice your dog acting strangely, vomiting, or laying down from dizziness. This is why dog-specific CBD products with appropriate dosages are so important.

You can usually avoid these unpleasant side effects by double checking or adjusting your CBD dosage. But regular CBD usage is not for everyone. You’ll need to be especially wary if you’re already taking other medications.

There’s currently no conclusive research to tell us whether it’s safe for pregnant/nursing mothers to use CBD oil. In general, cannabis has been strictly outlawed for so long there’s far less research about it than any other pain relief drug on the market.

If you’re worried about nausea, you may want to consider using one of the many non-oral ways to use CBD oil. The good news is, there are many different ways to consume CBD oil and still feel all the benefits.

How to Take CBD Oil (For Humans)

To answer the question “can I give my dog human CBD oil,” we need to discuss all the different forms of “human” CBD oil products.

CBD oil is versatile, to say the least. Here’s a quick rundown of all the different ways people can use/consume CBD oil to treat pain or supplement their lifestyle.

Pure oil

For those who want to cut the nonsense and get the high-concentrate benefits of CBD oil right away, pure hemp oil in an eye dropper or gel capsule is the way to go. These have few-to-no added ingredients, which makes the exact CBD content easier to measure.

Some companies can make their bottled oil or capsules with slight flavor (mint, chocolate, etc.) to make them more pleasant. Straight oil products like these come with the milligrams of CBD per ounce clearly labeled on the side.

Gel capsules of CBD oil work like any other natural pill supplement and are best consumed with a meal. As for straight oil in an eyedropper, you can put it under your tongue or put a few drops in coffee or tea. Either way, ingesting CBD orally means you may have to wait 5-20 minutes to feel the effects.


If you have extra money to spend and don’t need to be precise with your dosage, CBD infused candies and edibles are a fun option.

There’s honestly an endless variety of CBD edibles, since adding a few drops of CBD oil can turn any food or drink into an “edible.” The most traditional edibles are small treats like hard candies, brownies, and cookies.

The downside to purchasing or making your own CBD edibles is inconsistent dosages. It’s difficult to evenly distribute CBD oil throughout a food, and baking/boiling usually affects the strength of the CBD oil. Not to mention, it’ll take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour for your body to digest the CBD baked into food.

Topical Products

Another great way to use CBD oil is to buy an infused balm or lotion to use as a fast-acting topical ointment. This is especially effective for treating arthritis or muscle pain.

Hemp infused lotions come in a variety of CBD strengths per milligram. Lotions and creams are best for covering large areas with a light dosage of CBD, and usually include aloe, Vit E, and other ingredients.

There are also CBD infused balms. These are typically clear, thick, and higher in other moisturizing ingredients. Hemp infused balm is great for chronic joint pain or intense skin hydration for dry winter months.

How to Take CBD Oil (For Pets)

Dosage per milligram is the key difference between hemp products made for dogs and those made for humans.

True, dogs have an endocannabinoid system that can process CBD just like humans. But since your dog’s body and brain are so much smaller than yours, he’s going to need products with a fraction of the CBD oil per milligram.

Other than much lighter dosages, you’ll notice the list of available dog products infused with CBD is almost identical to the one above. Here’s a quick rundown of all the ways you can give your dog pet-approved CBD products.

Pure Oil

Using an eyedropper to put pure hemp oil in your dog’s mouth is a great way to medicate your dog. This is especially good for dogs who need fast relief from anxiety, or precise dosages to treat chronic illnesses.

Butter and Flavored Oil

Rather than slipping a CBD capsule into your dog’s food, it may be easier to feed him infused peanut butter or coconut oil. Chances are your dog will be much more open to playing around with peanut butter than swallowing a strange pill.

It’ll be tons of fun watching your dog trying to eat the peanut butter, too. Just be sure to store these flavored butters well to prevent accidental overdose. In the event your dog does eat more infused butter than intended, watch for symptoms of nausea and drowsiness.

Soft Chews and Treats

Premade CBD dog treats are a fast, clean, easy way to give your dog the benefits of hemp oil.

Unlike infused peanut butter or pure oil in an eyedropper, treats come pre-measured. You won’t have to count drops or measure your own teaspoon full.

Soft chews are a great option for older dogs with sensitive teeth or jaw problems. And while regular CBD treats include flavorful ingredients to help your dog feel full, soft chews include more vitamins. Think of soft chews as gummy vitamins for your dog that improve joint health and relieve pain.

So, Can I Give My Dog Human CBD Oil?

Yes! You absolutely can. However, you’ll need to dilute the human CBD oil product to meet your dog’s dosage limits. It’s important you don’t overdose your pet.

Technically speaking humans and dogs can share the same CBD products. The CBD oil in all these products come from the same process of extracting oil from hemp. So can humans take pet CBD oil, and can you give your pets the same products you already buy for yourself? Yes, yes, and yes.

We don’t recommend you give your dog human CBD oil unless you have no other choice. But if the need should arise…

How to Give Your Dog Human CBD Oil

The easiest and safest way to give your dog human CBD oil is to use a dropper under the tongue.

Giving your pet human edibles or CBD lotion is not recommended. There’s no concrete way to be sure you won’t be giving your pet too much CBD per mg.

Before you can give human CBD oil to your dog, there are three different strengths of CBD dosage to consider:

  • Standard — to reduce light pain or as a healthy diet supplement
  • Therapeutic — to reduce anxiety
  • Medicinal — to treat chronic pain or illnesses

The milligrams of CBD needed for each dosage will vary depending on the size of your dog. Here’s the standard formula to help you decide how much to give your dog:

  • Standard — 0.05mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight
  • Therapeutic — 0.125mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight
  • Medicinal — 0.25mg CBD x 0.5kg of body weight

Using this formula and your dog’s weight, you can calculate how many drops of your human CBD oil to administer. Keep in mind, one drop from an eye dropper is about 0.05ml.

Say for example you have a 65lb (or 30kg) dog.

If your 30ml bottle of CBD oil has a total of 150mg of CBD, you know the oil has 5mg of CBD per ml of oil.

This means one drop from a bottle of 150mg CBD oil will have about 5mg of CBD.

To give your 30kg dog a “therapeutic” dosage of your 150mg human CBD oil, he’ll only need 7.5mg, or a little more than 1 drop.

Or… skip all the math and make the safest decision for your dog; just stick to pre-measured dog CBD products like these 5mg adult dog soft chews.


Hopefully, you now have a clear understanding of the differences between human and pet CBD products.

To recap:

What’s the difference between pet CBD oil and human CBD oil? — Nothing, besides the strength of the dosage. But that makes a big difference to your dog’s health.

Can I give my dog human CBD oil? — Yes! But we don’t recommend it. Figuring out how to properly dilute your strong CBD oil so it’s safe for your pet can be confusing. Play it safe and buy pre-measured CBD treats for your dog to avoid overdose.

CBD oil is a wonderful pain reliever whether ingested orally or rubbed directly on the skin.

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