Key points

  • Oils containing high amounts of THC can be toxic to dogs. Pets should steer clear of any product made from marijuana rather than hemp plants, and should never consume oil containing more than 0.3 percent THC.

  • Beyond THC levels, dogs (like humans) benefit from quality production. Many human CBD oils contain super-strength isolates and imported ingredients. Dogs need carefully produced full spectrum oil extracted from CBD-rich strains.

  • Carrier oils are another factor in human vs dog CBD. Both human and pet oil producers use MCT oil derived from coconuts. Some dogs with sensitive stomachs find this to be an irritant and prefer hemp seed oil carriers.

  • If a CBD oil intended for humans doesn’t include any of the above, it’s likely okay for dogs to consume. But remember, dogs usually require much lower dosages than humans!

 

Bottle of CBD Hemp Oil - THC FreeWhen properly extracted, most CBD oils for animals and humans are similar. Both should be free of contaminants, come from certified industrial hemp farms, and have zero or trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC.

So as long as CBD oil is made from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC, it should be okay to give your pup the same product you’re using.

Really, the question here is about the quality of CBD products, and any human-specific features in oil like the addition of THC, highly fragrant terpenes, and super-strength dosages.

What’s the difference?

THC and dogs

Again, the main issue with human CBD oil is that it often has a higher THC content. While not necessarily harmful, dogs and THC do not mix well. If your dog does happen to ingest THC, expect to see symptoms ranging from confusion, anxiety, and paranoia, to discoordination, drunkenness, and lethargy. More serious reactions have also been recording, including tremors and seizures in rare cases.

If you think your dog may have accidentally consumed a cannabis product containing THC, it’s important to inform your vet and monitor them closely.