Hemp Oil For Dogs: Is it Safe

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Using hemp oil for dogs is a new practice that has some potential benefits, as well as a few side effects to consider.

Is Hemp Oil Safe for Dogs?

Using hemp oil for dogs is safe, as it can provide many of the same health benefits that CBD oil can give to humans. For medicinal purposes, the use of hemp oil has been a human practice for thousands of years, but with the recent rise of cannabis legalization in some parts of the world, it is once more in the spotlight. Hemp seed oil (also known as CBD oil) does not have any psychoactive properties, unlike other cannabinoids, and can benefit inflammation, anxiety, and more.

It is not recommended to give your dogs the same oil as humans consume, but there are specialized products for pets, along with strict guidelines on dosage. You can administer this in the form of a liquid dropper or as a capsule, ranging from 1/2 a dropper to 2 full droppers, or 1-3 capsules. This will depend on your dog’s size and the purpose of using the CBD. For example, difficulty sleeping might require a smaller dose than severe arthritis in an aging dog.

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A cute dog looking into the camera. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Benefits of Hemp Oil for Dogs

The benefits of hemp oil for dogs include the following:

  • Relieving joint pain
  • Improving skin health
  • Regulating nervous system

The cannabinoids found in this oil are known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making them ideal for preventing chronic disease and treating conditions such as arthritis when your dog ages. The compounds can also improve the appearance of your pup’s coat, and regulate the nervous system, thus preventing seizures or other disorders.

Also, just like humans, dog’s can suffer from anxiety, but regular use of hemp oil can relieve that discomfort and improve your pet’s quality of life. The most important thing is to monitor your dog’s reaction to this oil, and consult a veterinarian about any ongoing reactions.

Word of Caution

There are some side effects of using hemp oil for dogs or humans, but your pet may experience the following:

  • Decrease in liver enzyme functionality
  • Dry mouth
  • Unusual lethargy

The lack of saliva production is relatively common, and is nothing serious, particularly if your dog has regular access to water. The liver enzyme problem is minimal, but if your dog already has problems in his liver, avoid the use of this oil. Do consult your doctor before using hemp oil as a treatment for any condition in your dog

While you are using any CBD or hemp derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are travelling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling.

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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