CBD is not only used for humans, but also for animals. Our four-legged friends also have an endocannabinoid system that CBD can interact with. CBD oil for dogs can also be a great help here.

CBD oil for dogs is especially good in stressful situations and inflammations. CBD is also not intoxicating for dogs, so you don't have to worry! However, the use of CBD oil for dogs should be discussed with your vet. CBD oils can offer a natural alternative for dogs.

Learn more about what you need to know to use CBD oil for dogs.

Table of contents

How does CBD work in dogs?

Are there any side effects of CBD for dogs?

How do you dose CBD for dogs?

What are the uses of CBD for dogs?


How does CBD work in dogs?

The fact that CBD oil can be used for dogs is becoming increasingly popular. But how does CBD actually work in dogs?

Basically, the effect of CBD on dogs has not yet been sufficiently studied. In addition, it is of course possible that CBD has a different effect on each dog.

Despite the paucity of studies, one can deduce a possible effect that CBD may have. CBD in dogs is said to be anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, calming and anxiety-relieving. Of course, it is also important for what reason the CBD is to be used. This can be crucial in determining the effect.

Dogs, like humans, have an endocannabinoid system. CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that can interact with this endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system of our four-legged friends also has so-called cannabinoid receptors to which CBD can dock.

The cannabinoid receptors that CBD docks on in dogs are located throughout the body. CBD therefore interacts with receptors in the immune system, brain and organs. The endocannabinoid system regulates many of the dog's bodily functions.

The body's own cannabinoids are not sufficient to regulate the functions of the dog's body in case of disorders. This is where the addition of CBD oil for dogs comes in. CBD helps to alleviate some symptoms that may occur. How quickly CBD oil works in dogs has not yet been conclusively clarified. Recommended are applications over a longer period of time.

We recommend that you discuss the use of CBD oil in dogs with a vet.

CBD is basically absorbed through the dog's mucous membranes, but can also enter the body when applied acutely to the skin. Here it reaches the cannabinoid receptors through the bloodstream.

CBD oil does not cause an intoxicating effect in dogs (as it does in humans and cats). So pet owners don't have to worry because CBD oil won't get your dog high. Although high-quality CBD oils, so-called full spectrum CBD oils, also contain THC, the THC contained is below the permitted amount and can even promote the overall effect of the CBD oil. The full power of the plant!

Even a low CBD content can cause an effect in dogs. Here, the individuality of the dogs must be taken into account. A CBD oil for dogs should have between 3% and 6% CBD content.


Certain breeds of dogs with an MDR1 genetic defect should NOT be given CBD. This defect lacks a certain protein that belongs to the blood-brain barrier. CBD passes the blood-brain barrier, therefore severe poisoning can occur. Whether this defect is present can be determined by a blood test.

A list of breeds with the MDR1 gene defect can also be found here.

Are there any side effects of CBD for dogs?

Since every dog is individual, there is no clear statement yet on the dosage and side effects of CBD oil for dogs. However, when dosed correctly, there are no side effects for CBD oil for dogs. Therefore, CBD is considered to be well tolerated by dogs.

The WHO classifies CBD as safe, read more here.

Possible side effects of CBD oil for dogs are nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and tiredness. In most cases, it helps to reduce the dosage of CBD oil in the dog.

Nevertheless, the use and dosage should be discussed with a veterinarian. CBD should also not be administered to pregnant dogs. The use of CBD in combination with medication should also be discussed with a veterinarian.

Basically, it is important to find out individually whether the use of CBD oil makes sense for your own four-legged friend. It is therefore important to observe the intake of CBD.

How do you dose CBD for dogs?

A perfect dosage of CBD oil for dogs is not yet conclusively known, as the study situation is still very thin here. In principle, we also recommend that you discuss the use and dosage of CBD oil for dogs with a vet.

It is important to make the dosage dependent on the body weight and the degree of discomfort. It is important to start with a cautious dosage and observe how the dog reacts to the CBD oil.

A 2018 study testing CBD use for osteoarthritis in dogs found that a dosage of 2x daily with 2mg CBD was optimal. More information about the study is available here.

As a rough guide for the dosage of our organic CBD oil with 6% CBD for dogs:

  • 1 drop for up to 10kg body weight (corresponds to 3mg)
  • 2 drops for 10 to 25kg body weight (corresponds to 6mg)
  • 3 drops from 25kg body weight and more (corresponds to 9mg)

With this careful dosage, you can test the dog's reaction to CBD and slowly work your way up. The dosage can then be adjusted according to consultation with the veterinarian and need.

For dogs, an organic CBD oil with 6% CBD content is usually sufficient, such as the organic CBD oil 6% from ALPINOLS.

What are the uses of CBD for dogs?

Since dogs also have an endocannabinoid system to humans, CBD is absorbed similarly in dogs. Unfortunately, dogs are sometimes not so happy about wanting to ingest something other than their beloved food.

There are therefore various applications for CBD for dogs. CBD is usually available as CBD oil, CBD spray or for application on the skin. CBD is best absorbed through the dog's oral mucosa. Therefore, a CBD spray such as the SOS spray for animals is particularly suitable for acute complaints. It can be sprayed directly into the oral cavity of the animal and thus be absorbed directly through the oral mucosa.

CBD oil is also a good way to use it, because it can be applied in different ways. It is easy to put in the mouth on the lips, from where the dog can absorb it. Alternatively, you can mix it into the food. For particularly difficult four-legged friends, for example, there is also our organic CBD oil 6% with salmon oil. Here, the taste is usually more pleasant for dogs.

The areas of application of CBD oil for dogs are diverse. Especially physical complaints, such as pain that they cannot express themselves, can be an area of application for CBD oil for dogs. Pain in dogs can often be recognised by their breathing, appetite or movement. Even if the dog withdraws, this can indicate physical complaints.

Of course, the application of CBD does not work miracles and is not always effective. Unfortunately, there are still very few studies that have investigated the use of CBD oil in dogs. The main areas of application include anxiety, stress, restlessness or pain.

Arthritis is also a common area of application for CBD oil for dogs. CBD is said to have a positive effect on inflammation in the joints. However, this also depends on the individual dog and the advice of the vet.

CBD oil can provide more relaxation and well-being for dogs, so that our four-legged friends can move fully again. The dogs' immune system can also benefit from CBD.

Experience CBD oil for dogs

Jenny from @swiss.adventurelove has experience with CBD oil in dogs:

"The dogs get a pleasant inner calm from the CBD oil. It also supports very well with fears."

Jenny, @swiss.adventurelove

So our four-legged friends can benefit a lot from CBD. CBD oil for our dogs can be a natural alternative for many complaints. However, you should always talk to your vet before taking it.


If you are thinking about buying CBD oil for your dog, there are many ways to use it. Since our four-legged friends also have an endocannabinoid system, similar to humans, a similar application is possible here. CBD oil for dogs is particularly suitable for pain or anxiety.

You should make sure that it is an organic CBD oil and contains only natural ingredients. The CBD concentration should also not be too high, as even a very low CBD concentration such as 6% CBD content is sufficient for dogs.