CBD for dogs - Fields of application, use and benefits

The abbreviation CBD stands for cannabidiol. The active substance is found in hemp or
cannabis and can be helpful for many complaints such as skin diseases, pain, digestive problems, inflammation, epilepsy and anxiety. Cannabidiol is one of about 120 known active substances from the hemp plant (lat. Cannabis). The group of active substances is called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol is obtained exclusively from the legal useful hemp varieties (lat. Cannabis).


Just like humans, dogs have an "endocannabinoid system" (ECS). This system also works in organs, bones and skin, among other things. It is precisely these systems that CBD can affect. Fears, pain or age-related complaints and diseases could thus be treated in a supportive way.


The medicinal plant hemp has been used in many different ways for thousands of years, but with the targeted development of CBD and CBD products a new era has begun. Numerous research projects and studies deal with the pain-relieving effect of CBD. The CBD also works on dogs can often confirm the practice of veterinarians. Cannabidiol has a stimulating effect on the nervous system, so it is possible to reduce the symptoms. The dog perceives the pain less. Painkillers that are administered as a permanent medication often put a strain on the detoxification organs. A natural alternative such as CBD for dogs may be the better option as it is free of side effects. Painkillers can be partially reduced or completely discontinued - we recommend that you work out a plan for this together with your vet.

CBD significantly reduced the pain of a 9-year-old German shepherd dog due to arthritis (hip joint) DR. PETER ZIMMER, TIERARZT


Dogs are very sensitive and often exposed to many stressful situations. With many four-legged friends an insecurity of the dog owner, which transfers fast once to the animal, is enough. Also noise, for example on New Year's Eve or during thunderstorms, can have a very stressful and frightening effect on them. CBD oil can also be very helpful for dogs and have a calming effect. In the brain, the CB1 receptor is activated. This is responsible for giving certain signals to release neurotransmitters and thus harmonize the nervous system. CBD oil does not cause any psychoactive effect in dogs, so there is no risk of them getting "high".

Study results suggest that CBD exhibits anxiolytic properties in subjects who have been exposed to a stress situation. It is shown that CBD reduces anxiety in various situations. One of these tests refers to the Social Phobia Scale (SPS), which measures fear in such assessment situations. CBD reduces the anxiety that occurs in SAD (pain-anxiety-depression) and this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbian brain regions.2,3 2 ZUARDI AW ET AL. EFFECTS OF IPSAPIRONE AND CANNABIDIOL ON HUMAN EXPERIMENTAL ANXIETY. J PSYCHOPHARMACOL. 1993 JAN;7(1 SUPPL):82-8. 3 CRIPPA JA ET AL. NEURAL BASIS OF ANXIOLYTIC EFFECTS OF CANNABIDIOL (CBD) IN GENERALIZED SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER: A PRELIMINARY REPORT. J PSYCHOPHARMACOL. 2011 JAN;25(1):121-30.


CBD can be used in many ways, for example

  • Allergies, skin and coat problems and improved wound healing
  • Support of the metabolism and digestive tract
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Relief of chronic pain
  • Support in the case of epilepsy (seizures can be reduced by up to 75 percent in some cases or last shorter)
  • complaints of the locomotor system or joint problems such as arthrosis or arthritis
  • Support with inflammation
  • Alleviation of symptoms of old age and infirmity
  • improvement of endurance, vitality and loss of appetite
  • CBD should even be helpful in the fight against cancer cells
Studies in recent years have shown that cannabinoids serve to counteract the formation of tumours. Subsequently, the interest in cannabidiol increased considerably, as it does not cause undesirable psychoactive side effects. Indeed, CBD also has antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects and is known to interfere with tumour novascularisation, cancer cell migration, adhesion, invasion and metastasis.7 7 MASSI P ET AL. CANNABIDIOL AS POTENTIAL ANTICANCER DRUG. BR J CLIN PHARMACOL. 2013 FEB;75(2):303-12.

The CBD oil can be used in dogs whenever natural anti-inflammatory substances are sought and a natural calming effect is desired. It can improve the psyche, increase endurance, vitality, activity and energy, strengthen the immune system, support digestion and metabolic processes and regulate other body processes. In any case, the application should be discussed with the veterinarian.

A 14-year-old mixed-breed male dog was able to stop all pain medication after 10 days of CBD intake, which the dog had been taking for over two years due to severe osteoarthritis. DR. INES KITZWEGER, TIERÄRZTIN