The Effects of CBD on Dogs

Dog owners will typically do anything for their furry companions, especially when it comes to them not feeling like themselves or they’re experiencing anxiety. Many pet parents have turned to CBD as a way to reduce their dog’s anxiety. So what are the effects of CBD on dogs?

Dog with paws on table next to CBD oils and products

Do Dogs Get “High” From CBD?

CBD that contains no more than 0.3% THC will not make a dog feel “high.” THC is the compound in cannabis that creates the euphoric feeling most people seek when smoking marijuana or eating edibles. CBD used in formulas made for pets comes from cannabis plants that are considered industrial hemp, meaning there is either very little THC present or none at all.

Dogs Have an Endocannabinoid System

In humans, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is what allows us to feel and benefit from the effects of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. Between humans and dogs, we actually share the same organs and systems, meaning dogs have an endocannabinoid system too. The ECS is made up of three main components: endocannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes. The role of the ECS is to communicate balance within our pet’s body through homeostasis.

Research suggests that when the ECS is functioning properly, it helps regulate many bodily functions, including sleep, appetite, digestion, mood, perception of pain, body temperature, memory, immune function, cognitive function, and more!

  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Digestion
  • Mood
  • Perception of pain
  • Body temperature
  • Memory
  • Immune function
  • Cognitive function
  • And more!

When our dog’s ECS is not working correctly and things are out of balance, it can show up in negative ways like fear, aggression, lack of appetite, lethargy, no desire to play, and poor digestion. 

Diagram showing the CB1 & CB2 cannabinoid receptors in dogs
 Dog taking CBD Hemp Oil from Tincture Dropper

CBD, The Endocannabinoid System, and Dogs

When our pets ingest CBD, the ECS is indirectly influenced to utilize more of the naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoids, meaning it helps their body create more endocannabinoids. CB1 and CB2 receptors then can respond to these endocannabinoids and create homeostasis in the body, aka balance. Scientists are still learning more about how the ECS and CBD oil interact with one another.  

Choose the Best CBD for Your Dog

When giving your pets CBD, you want to be sure they are consuming a high-quality product that doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC or any other ingredients that could be toxic to your pet. Choose a CBD supplement that is made for pets specifically. Color Up has a Pet Line containing CBD for pets that are both pure CBD and full spectrum CBD. Dogs and cats alike seem to love the taste when added to food or treats! Please reach out if you have any questions about the effects of CBD on dogs or browse our Pet Line on the website!

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