Like we said before, larger dogs require more CBD to experience the desired effects.
Having done in-depth research on different CBD dosages for medium dogs, we’ve noticed that many people achieve success with a 2 mg dose, and increasing by 3 mg until they get some results
One of the factors that determine how much CBD you will give your dog is the type of product you use, along with the brand you’re using.
We’ll use dogs as an example because that’s where we have the most experience; however, the same guidelines apply to cats and other (mammalian) pets.
Calculating the right dose of Cannabidiol may look like a cutscene from the “Beautiful Mind” movie, so we’ll help you out a bit.
You will need to increase the frequency of CBD administration to 3-4 doses per day, instead of 1 or 2 with larger dogs.
Each time you want to increase the dosage, you can do it in 2 mg increments until your dog finds some relief.
Fortunately, one of the most attractive features of CBD – for both humans and their animal companions – is that “CBD” and “overdose” are two words rarely used together.
The Cornell study based its CBD dose on how much each of the dogs weighed. This makes sense; humans are often prescribed medications in doses that will be most effective based on their weight, too. Whether a dog owner should exceed the twice daily 2mg/ kilogram CBD dose should be considered in consultation with their veterinarian. He or she might have relevant information about the individual dog’s overall health and the condition for which the treatment is sought.
The short answer is yes, with many studies backing this up (more on those below the dosage chart). While CBD oil for dogs is not down to a science, we’ve provided a general consensus in the chart below. We recommend starting on the lower to mid dosage (twice per day) and increasing the dosage to the “High” level after 2-4 weeks if your dog is still showing symptoms.
Can Dogs Overdose on CBD?
CBD has been steadily gaining a reputation among people interested in improving their health and wellness because of its reported effectiveness in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, from pain and inflammation to seizures, anxiety and sleep challenges. If these medical conditions in humans can be effectively treated with CBD, could they also be treated in dogs?
CBD may be sourced from THC-predominant cannabis or from CBD-predominant hemp plants, which contain less than 0.03% THC. THC may be extracted and processed out of THC-predominant cannabis, but depending on the effectiveness of the extraction and processing methods, it is possible that some THC may continue to be present in the CBD. Hemp-sourced CBD is far less likely to contain any THC. Products made with CBD isolate are the purest form of CBD, most of which are 99% pure – a preferable option for dog owners who want to be extra cautious in ensuring that their beloved pets are not ingesting any THC.
Given the newness of CBD products for pets, it is understandable that pet owners might have questions about the most appropriate or effective CBD dosage.
When considering the most beneficial CBD dosing, a dog owner may wonder whether it is possible for their dog to overdose on CBD. Fortunately, one of the most attractive features of CBD – for both humans and their animal companions – is that “CBD” and “overdose” are two words rarely used together. It is a generally recognized fact that CBD taken in large quantities will not cause an “overdose” for which any sort of medical treatment would be required because any excess CBD in the system is simply excreted. However, pet owners must take into consideration the fact that it is possible for CBD to contain THC. Of course, any amount of THC is not recommended for dogs, given its intoxicating and psychoactive effects. So, the question of overdosing – on THC – becomes one of product choice.
How often should you dose CBD? Research has shown that the half-life range in dogs given CBD oil is 3-4.2 hours. (3,4) That means dosing twice daily is best for your pup. However, when using CBD to relieve anxiety (car trips, thunderstorms, etc), simply dosing 30 minutes before an anticipated stressful event is all you need to give. For other conditions such as mobility issues, seizures, and decreased appetite, twice daily dosing is recommended to best help your dog.
Based on the latest research about CBD use in dogs, we know that 1-2 milligrams per kilogram CBD is a good starting point for most dogs. Now, use the dog’s weight to determine how that might look:
Importantly, you must know how many milligrams per milliliter (or bottle) is in your pet’s CBD product. Reputable companies should have mg/ml or total bottle mg count and volume right on the label. At VetCS, we make easy dosing instructions available on every bottle. Week 1 dose is 2mg/kg and Week 2+ dose is 1mg/kg.
Going back to the border collie, if you bought a 1200mg bottle of CBD oil and it’s total volume is 30ml, then that formula is 40mg/ml. We wanted 20-40mg CBD per dose, so you would give 0.5-1ml twice daily to help the joint pain. We often recommend the higher dosing amount (1ml in this case) for moderate to severe pain.
If you are wondering when and how to use CBD oil for your dog, you’re not alone! Luckily we have some controlled research to help guide us in our decision for dosing hemp and CBD products for dogs. (1, 2)
To avoid conversion, you can use 0.45-0.9 milligrams per pound CBD. Multiply by the dogs weight (in this case, 45lb) and you will also get 20-40 milligrams of CBD per dose.
Example: 45 pound border collie with joint pain. Divide 45lb by 2.2 and you get 20.45kg. 20-40milligrams of CBD would be appropriate.