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July 12, 2021
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Can humans take dog CBD oil and will it hurt them?

can humans take dog CBD Oil
 Anthony Clement
Written by  
Anthony Clement
July 12, 2021

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Plus, this treatment can also be used to help ease chronic pain. Due to this, the availability of human CBD oil products has risen exponentially. To the point now that you are now able to purchase a CBD pet product for your dog amongst other pets.

It has been proven via various studies that these CBD oil products have a positive impact on your dog’s wellbeing. Often helping to deal with anxious pets and their various pains and aches. So many individuals have begun treating their dogs with this medication. However, this poses an important question regarding the two types of CBD. What is the difference between human CBD and dog CBD products? Well, in this article, we aim to look at the difference between the two strands of CBD oil, look at the variation in the ingredients included and if it is safe for humans to take dog CBD oil. 

What Makes Up Human CBD?

Cannabidiol is an oil that is derived from the cannabis plant or also hemp plant. This cannabis oil makes use of a specific cannabinoid found in this plant called CBD. This cannabinoid is then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. This is usually hemp oil due to its beneficial qualities as an essential oil. Within hemp oil you will find phytonutrients, phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, all of which have their own benefits to the human body. This is why hemp is the most commonly used carrying oil in CBD products. 

Then depending on the desired effect that the individual wants from this hemp oil, this product may also contain THC. This is the cannabinoid which causes the psychoactive effect that many cannabis products are known for. Due to the legality surrounding products that contain THC, most CBD products will only contain trace amounts of THC but this varies from product to product.

What Makes Pet CBD Oil Different?

According to many manufacturers, pet CBD oil and human CBD oils are produced in the exact same way. The product will still be extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with hemp seed oil. The main differing factor revolves around the rules that the Food and Drug Administration’s put in place regarding animal products. These administrations require that different labelling be used for animal specific products. However, when you compare the two products, the similarities are clear.

There are two main differences between human and canine CBD oil. The first is how the CBD is made to appeal to the animal. In some cases, this CBD oil will include cod liver oil or certain artificial flavourings like bacon for example. These ingredients make it easier to administer the medication to your pet but ultimately, these ingredients, while not necessarily desirable, are safe for humans to consume. The same goes for CBD pet treats and chews made for dogs. 

Then the second difference is the THC content of dog CBD. Due to the sensitivity of a dog’s metabolic system, their enhanced cannabinoid receptors and their endocannabinoid system they process cannabinoids differently, with these chemicals having a much more dramatic effect. This means that CBD hemp oil must be administered in smaller doses. Plus, these CBD hemp oils for pets tend to have absolutely no THC content. While THC can offer a pleasant experience for humans, this is not the case for dogs and the use of THC products can be very dangerous for your pet due to the THC toxicity for dogs. This is why canine CBD oil is often a type of CBD called CBD Isolate or CBD tincture.

Is It Safe to Take Dog CBD products? 

Just as you would do when shopping for your own CBD products, the one thing you must check before you take your pet’s CBD oil is if the ingredients used are of a high quality. Often pet products will use artificial flavors and other ingredients that aren’t fit for human consumption, will make you ill and will negate any benefits that the CBD would provide. However, if the ingredients all check out, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t take your pet’s CBD oil. We would urge you to stay away from the CBD dog treats though. The same goes for dog CBD topicals, dog CBD cream and CBD lotion.

Not because they are dangerous for in humans but rather because they are usually unpalatable. Besides that it is highly unlikely that you will enjoy dog treats or a CBD treat as much as your dog.

What CBD Products Could I Share with My Dog?

While it is true that it would be safe to take dog CBD hemp oil, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a good idea. Yes, we are sure that you as a pet parents are already thinking of the economic benefits of only buying one CBD oil that fits all purposes. However, it is unlikely you will find one that will meet the needs of both you and your dog. You see, a dog CBD hemp oil tends to have a very low potency due to the sensitivity dogs have to the compound. So, if you were to take the same dose or use the same oil, you would likely not see the same benefits as an oil made specifically for human consumption. So, while it is possible to share with your furry friend, it might not be worth your while.

What Dog CBD Dosage is Right for Humans?

Much like a responsible pet owner will do when calculating a dose for their pet, you will need to work out what dose of CBD product is best for you using your body weight. While dogs will usually take one milligram for every 7KG of body weight, humans can take up to 6 milligrams for every 4.5KG. For example, a human weighing 90kg will be able to take a dose up to 50 milligrams. It is also important to note that CBD oil takes approximately 45 minutes before you begin to see the effects and tinctures tend to take about 15 minutes. So be sure to wait until the effect has begun before taking more medication.