Yes. CBD oil works because of both its cannabinoid content and its delivery mechanism (the oil).
Repeated studies have shown that CBD and THC effectively stimulate our body’s endocannabinoid system, which itself is able to affect all major organs and internal systems. Through the endocannabinoid system, CBD has proven itself an anti-inflammatory and an anxiolytic (anxiety-reducer) in trials including human participants, mice, rats, and in studies from the previous century, monkeys.
Research studies involving dogs and CBD do exist, but there aren’t many of them due to the ethics and practicalities of experimenting with pets. Data is also limited to specific effects of CBD on certain conditions. Take a look at the ‘Does CBD work for …?’ section for more on the clinical research and evidence collected on CBD and dogs so far.
Despite the early stages of research, CBD for dogs has continued to gather momentum thanks to a wealth of positive anecdotal reports from owners. Hang around any pet store, doggy park, or other puppy meet up, and there’s a fair chance that you’ll hear CBD brought up by at least one pet parent, often with stories about their dog’s anxiety, joint issues, or skin and coat health.
CBD can be found in all manner of dog treats, snacks, and topical creams, but oil remains a favorite carrier for its versatility, and ability to help digestion. Popular carrier oils are high in Omega and medium-chain fatty acids, which increase the rate of CBD absorption by the body and come with their own dietary benefits.
Unlike treats, oil can be measured out and dropped into food, ingested sublingually (under the tongue), or massaged topically into skin. Each method offers slightly different effects on the endocannabinoid system and the body, all three are possible with CBD oil.