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Can Dogs Have CBD Oil Meant for Humans?

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Read this before dosing your dog

Some companies market their CBD products toward humans, some companies market their CBD products towards pets, and some do both. So consumers might wonder: is it all the same? Can dogs have CBD oil meant for humans and vice versa? 

CBD operates through the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is found in all mammals (including dogs and humans). Theoretically, if dogs and humans both possess the same endocannabinoid system, with the same cannabinoid receptors, these CBD products should affect both species similarly. However, there are a few things to consider before assuming a CBD oil designed for humans is also safe and effective for your dog. 

Pet CBD Products: The First Major Factor to Consider is Dosing

The average healthy human will weigh more than the average healthy dog, and body weight plays a major role when calculating CBD dose recommendations. It follows that a CBD oil meant for humans will have a stronger single-dose recommendation than hemp and CBD products for pets.

THC and Other Additives

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Tetrahydrocannabinol — or “THC” — is the cannabinoid found in marijuana and hemp that is responsible for the psychoactive “high” that users experience. Although it is safe for humans to consume in large amounts, THC is toxic to dogs in amounts above 0.3%.

If a CBD product designed for humans has higher than a 0.3% THC concentration, it could be harmful to your dog. Besides high concentrations of THC, products meant for humans may also contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol and other additives which can be harmful to dogs. 

Alongside working with your veterinarian CBD/Hemp experts to determine if your dog can have CBD oil, it is also important to always ask for a Certificate of Analysis in order to see exactly what is in the product you have purchased. 

So, can dogs have CBD oil meant for humans? 

Conclusion: No, it is not safe to assume a CBD product for humans is also safe for your dog. There are a number of variables, including those discussed above. Pets should only use pet CBD oils and products designed specifically for them and tested for safety and efficacy by an independent third-party institution (University or Research Organization). 

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