The Science Behind Giving CBD And Cannabis To Cats And Dogs

Dec 15th 2020

The Science Behind Giving CBD And Cannabis To Cats And Dogs

The role of cannabinoids in alleviating seizures, pain, and symptoms related to some disease conditions has led to increased interest in CBD by pet owners. There are quite a few things to learn about the science of cannabis for cats and dogs.

The science behind using CBD for pets is quite complicated. However, a study led by Dr. Joseph Wakshlag of Cornell University in 2018 shows a great promise. In their research, they administered CBD to dogs and monitored their reactions. At the end of the reaction, about 80% of the dogs had a significant decrease in pain and improved mobility.

Most states do not allow veterinarians to prescribe cannabis products for pets. For example, California allows cannabis as legal for adults but disallows it for pets. Each state has its veterinary board, which also adheres to every federal law on medical cannabis.

Richter, an advocate on allowing the use of medical cannabis on pets, says he has seen the benefit of using it first-hand. Based on his submission, “Almost anything that cannabis would be used for in a human, from a medical standpoint, has the potential to be equally as valuable in dogs or cats. Pain, inflammation, arthritis, gastro-intestinal related things, stress, anxiety, seizures, cancer, you name it. We've seen the benefits in all of these areas. But if a vet talked about cannabis for pets, they did so at their peril as far as the Veterinary Medical Board is concerned."

Carrying out researches in states where cannabis is illegal is difficult. In view of these restrictions, Dr. Dawn Boothe, an internist, and clinical pharmacologist, was almost hindered from making a meaningful contribution to the cannabis world. As difficult as this is, a handful of cannabis research has been published, and these results have attracted the interest of pet owners and vets. One such interest is hearing pet owners say, "If my dog ever has chronic arthritis, this would be one of the things I'd use."

What about CBD dosage?

A big challenge in medical cannabis and pets is how to know the right dose for every animal. CBD-only products, like the hemp oil, should offer a sufficient amount of CBD. A change only occurs in the pets when they absorb the CBD well.

Many believe that THC is toxic for dogs, hence do not give it to the pets. Some researchers also insist that from a literature standpoint, it is clear that there are medical benefits to THC. Ritcher says;

"And while certainly, the relative sensitivities are different for people versus animals, we all have a very similar endocannabinoid system. There is no reason to think that THC is beneficial in people when it's somehow poison to dogs and cats."


If pets and other mammals possess an active cannabinoid system, nothing should stop them from enjoying CBD's potential therapeutic benefits. Let us know if you have any questions. We will love to hear from you soon.