May 13, 2019

By: Blake Armstrong, Dogs Naturally Magazine



Dogs have the same endocannabinoid system (ECS) as humans. This system is made up of a bunch of receptors.

Your dog has two types of receptors in his body:

  • CB1 receptors – located in the brain, nervous system, glands and organs
  • CB2 receptors – located in the regulatory cells of the immune system

CBD works by targeting ECS receptors, restoring balance when things are out of whack. That’s why it’s so good for so many different ailments.

#1 Relieving Pain and Inflammation

Relieving pain and inflammation is the most popular benefit of CBD for dogs.

Pain can be a symptom of many types of health conditions. While inflammation is part of the healing process, it can increase pain or discomfort.

Luckily, studies show that CBD can suppress and even interrupt the pain signals in your dog’s brain. This can help alleviate both acute and chronic pain.

But it not only interrupts those pain signals, it can also reduce the inflammation that causes the pain in the first place.

Here are just some of the common health problems that cause pain that CBD oil can help with:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cancer
  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Recovery from surgery

Most conventional veterinarians will recommend drugs like NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) for these conditions. These conventional drugs can have adverse effects. Very few side effects have been reported with CBD (most side effects are mainly due to sensitivities). Instead, studies show that replacing those conventional meds with CBD oil is much safer for your dog.

#2 Cancer

Cancer can be painful for your dog. The treatments can cause painful side effects.

When it comes to the symptoms of cancer and tumors, CBD helps. Not only does it help relieve the pain and inflammation, it CBD can also help with nausea and vomiting as well. These are common side effects of cancer treatments.

There’s lots of evidence showing that CBD is a great antiemetic. An antiemetic is basically a medicine for nausea. An example would be a motion sickness medicine you buy at the drug store. They are effective when dealing with nausea and vomiting.

What about beyond the symptoms? What are the cancer studies revealing?

We don’t want to call CBD a cure for cancer or anything, but the early studies are showing some good results.

Some studies have concluded that CBD can help slow the growth of tumors. Another study also shows that cancer cells can become more sensitive to treatment because of CBD.

#3 Anxiety and Stress

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, you’re not alone.

But leaving your dog at home for the day is not the only thing can stress your dog out.

Dogs can develop these feelings from loud noises like fireworks or a faulty smoke alarm. Sometimes being in a crowded area or riding in a car can be stressful for a dog.

How can you tell if your dog is stressed? Here are some typical signs to look for:

  • Not eating or reduced appetite
  • Digestive issues (diarrhea or constipation)
  • Behavioral changes – keeping to himself, more aggressive towards people or other dogs
  • Excessive panting, shaking or licking

Whether your dog’s stress is situational or a regular behavioral issue, CBD for dogs might help.

Studies show that CBD can help produce anti-anxiety effects.

Researchers haven’t quite figured out why yet, but it’s believed that serotonin levels play a role in helping reduce anxiety.

#4 Obesity Issues

Obesity is not only a problem for humans.

Many dogs are overweight and it’s very unhealthy for them. As dogs gain weight, they are at risk for many other health concerns:

  • An overweight dog will have more stress on his joints.
  • With excess weight, your dog is more likely to develop a heart condition.
  • Obesity can increase your dog’s chances of developing cancer.
  • Dogs can get diabetes just like humans, and obesity raises this risk.

The standard advice is to give your dog the proper amount of food and exercise. This is good advice, and it works in most cases.

What you might also want to do is start using CBD.

But let’s be clear: CBD is not a fat burning supplement for dogs.

Research shows that CBD can help promote weight loss and control appetite. Researchers have found that CBD can help break down fat in an indirect way.

CBD can also be beneficial in getting your dog moving more. Overweight dogs with joint pain are less likely to want to go on a walk. The pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help your dog be more active.

#5 Skin Conditions

If you have a dog who’s licking and scratching himself all the time, he might have a skin condition or allergies.

Dogs can be allergic to something specific or they can suffer from a chronic disease. So they either have problems when they come into contact with an allergen, or they have a chronic disease like atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is better known as eczema, and it’s a common skin disease in dogs. The cause is usually hereditary.

There are various treatments currently available, but most skin allergies are difficult to resolve. So the next best thing is to heal the affected skin, and try and reduce the number of symptoms.

Traditional treatments like corticosteroids can be effective in managing skin conditions in dogs. But these steroid hormones have some nasty side effects. If you have to treat a skin condition for your dog’s entire life, this is not a good option.

The good news is that CBD can help.

Studies have concluded that CBD can help relieve itchy and dry skin. It can also promote the growth of healthy skin.

Because CBD is very well tolerated, it can be a better long-term option in treating your dog’s ongoing skin problems.


Armstrong, B. (2019, May 13). CBD For Dogs: How It Can Help These 5 Common Conditions. Retrieved from