CBD oil can be a natural, drug-free solution for calming anxious dogs, whether they're afraid of fireworks, thunderstorms or have separation anxiety. Amazon doesn’t officially sell products containing cannabidiol (CBD). But that doesn’t stop thousands of search results showing up for “CBD”. Should you buy CBD oil for dogs on Amazon? Learn about the risks and why it’s better to buy from an independent seller that offers pure CBD products.
CBD Oil for Dogs with Anxiety
Rescue pups struggling with PTSD, traveling, moving to a new home or adjusting to new people or other pets in their life, fireworks, trips to the veterinarian or groomer…reasons for dog anxiety abound. CBD can be the solution for those looking for natural options to prescription anti-anxiety drugs and their potentially harmful side effects. CBD can help anxious dogs settle into happier routines both situationally and over the long term.
How CBD helped one rescue dog
As a rescue pup, Bennie had a rough start and continued to suffer from significant anxiety all his life, including having frequent nightmares. When his human first gave him hemp CBD, she was initially skeptical that this natural product could make a difference. Prone to panting, pacing, and barking, Bennie’s anxiety had been problematic for all the dozen years they’d spent together. After his first dose of CBD, Bennie seemed to quickly become more relaxed. When other family members, who had no idea that Bennie had been given hemp CBD, remarked on his calmer, happier demeanor, it was a testament to what hemp CBD can do to reduce a dog’s anxiety and calm restlessness.
Will CBD oil make your dog high?
There are very big differences between the two strains of cannabis. Pet CBD (cannabidiol) oil supplements are extracted from industrial hemp (sativa) plants which have high levels of CBD and virtually no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties). Conversely, THC with levels large enough to produce a high is found in the marijuana strain, which contains very little CBD. CBD extracted from industrial hemp is legal in all states, but marijuana is highly regulated even in states where it’s legal for medical and recreational use.
This difference is crucial because THC can be toxic to dogs, but CBD is safe, so always make sure you give your dog CBD made for pets with 0.3% THC or less. Hemp CBD offers the calming your dog needs without the THC, so you can be assured that your dog won’t get high. If you give your dog CBD for relaxation, they will simply experience mild relaxation.
Is hemp oil different from hemp CBD?
CBD oil and hemp oil are very different, especially for calming purposes. Though they’re both made from industrial hemp, so neither product causes a high. Hemp oil is made from pressed hemp seeds, which do not contain CBD. Pet CBD oil is extracted from CBD-rich industrial hemp flowers, leaves, and stalks. In order to address your dog’s anxiety, choose products that explicitly state that they contain CBD and how much.
How do you find the best CBD oil for dogs with anxiety?
CBD advertising and labeling can be very confusing and even misleading, so to find the best hemp CBD for your dog, you will want to shop carefully. Check how and where the hemp is grown, and make sure it’s free of heavy metals and pesticides. It’s essential to buy only CBD that’s lab-tested for potency and purity.
Comparison shopping also takes a sharp buyer’s eye. It’s more important to compare the amount of CBD in the product, usually stated in mg, than the actual amount of product because there are a variety of potencies available. If you are dosing a large dog, offering CBD long-term, or dosing frequently, a higher potency CBD may be more cost-effective in the long run.
What’s the best way to give a dog CBD?
When considering CBD for dogs with anxiety, most people think of CBD oil. Bottled CBD oils with droppers are good options because they make it easy to measure the right dose. You can give CBD oil directly in the mouth or add it to food or a treat.
Oils will vary by potency, and by the amount of terpenes in them. You may want to choose full-spectrum CBD oil because it contains the highest amount of natural plant compounds that can boost effectiveness.
Since some CBD products have a “grassy” taste, if your pup is picky, you may want to consider Coconut Oil with CBD. Most dogs find it very tasty and it can be given straight or added to food or treats. It can also be applied to the bare skin inside a dog’s ears to be absorbed transdermally.
CBD treats for dogs are convenient, and it’s likely that your pup will love them. However, they can get expensive if you want to give CBD treats to a large dog or if you’re planning on long-term use, so you may want to do some CBD price comparisons.
How much CBD should you give your dog for anxiety?
You may need to do some experimenting to find the right dose because every dog and every situation is different. The typical recommendation is 1–5 mg per 10 pounds of body weight, but there is no known toxicity level.
Try a dose in the middle of the recommended range and watch for calming effects. You should notice a difference within an hour. If not, you may want to give more CBD to total up to the upper dosing recommendation. Your dog will not seem lethargic, just calmer with less panting, pacing, and whining once you’ve supplied the right dose.
You can give your dog CBD situationally, for example try CBD oil for dogs with grooming anxiety, or offer CBD oil consistently for a dog with chronic pain.
Can I give my dog CBD along with other medications?
If you give your dog medications for anxiety or any other conditions, check with your veterinarian before using CBD oil. Holistic and integrative vets are usually very familiar with CBD and will be easily able to answer your questions.
Hemp CBD has been the drug-free solution for a happier, more relaxed life for many dogs, and it’s expected to be used even more widely as more dogs benefit from its calming properties.
Why you shouldn’t buy CBD oil for dogs on Amazon
Amazon doesn’t officially sell products containing cannabidiol (CBD). But that doesn’t stop thousands of search results showing up for “CBD” on the Amazon marketplace. So what are all these products?
Amazon’s stance on CBD
Amazon clearly prohibits the sale of CBD in its marketplace. The retail giant’s Seller Central website puts it in writing:
“Listings for products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are prohibited, including but not limited to:
- Full-spectrum hemp oil
- Rich hemp oil
- Products that have been identified as containing CBD by LegitScript”
These compliance requirements explicitly mention CBD among a long list of other substances, which begs the question: are the CBD pet products for sale on Amazon all fakes? Well, yes and no.
So, what exactly is the ‘CBD oil’ I bought from Amazon?
Much to the annoyance of genuine CBD producers, who can’t currently sell their products on Amazon, the products you’ll find on the site are likely to come from one of three sub-par categories:
These products are marketed within the general area of ‘CBD oil’ or ‘CBD for dogs,’ but close inspection reveals that their packaging and ingredients lists stop short of actually containing cannabidiol.
Unfortunately, many are taken in by these borderline fraudulent products, as shown by the negative reviews and comments left under many listings. But others have zero, or suspiciously plentiful and positive reviews—so watch out.
It sounds too obvious to point out, but if the product doesn’t say CBD on the label or the ingredients list, it may not be CBD! We can’t really say for certain what these oils contain—which is kind of the point: is it worth the uncertainty and risk of mislabeled oils, especially when giving them to your pooch?
Off-brand CBD products
With mislabelling abound, there’s a good chance that some of the products listed on Amazon do actually contain some amount of CBD. Because Amazon bans the word ‘CBD’ from product names and descriptions, and can easily trawl listings for those terms, any company advertising their CBD credentials will immediately be removed from the marketplace.
Therefore, those looking to flog CBD on Amazon will often use winking descriptions including terms like ‘hemp extract’ or ‘hemp oil for pain and inflammation.’ When the Washington Post looked into the CBD levels contained in products with these sorts of descriptions, they found that 11 of 13 tested products did actually contain CBD oil. Though, levels were often well below those found in legitimate products.
So, if you’re deadset on shopping for personal or pet CBD oil on Amazon, it may be possible. But you’ll need to sift through euphemistic product descriptions and take a gamble on whether your chosen product actually contains useful levels of CBD—as well as safe, non-toxic ingredients and production methods.
Hemp seed oil
The third category of products that show up under searches for ‘CBD oil for dogs’ on the Amazon marketplace is hemp oil.
Unlike the above, hemp oil or hemp seed oil is a legitimate product, but it’s not CBD. Hemp seed oil is pressed from the seeds on cannabis plants and is most commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, and various household and personal uses.
Your dog may appreciate hemp seed oil if they need a boost in Omega fatty acids. The oil is super-high in good fats and antioxidants, which can help improve joint and skin health. A study on human participants from the Journal of Dermatological treatments found that a diet regularly including hemp seed oil can reduce the dryness and itchiness associated with dermatitis.
Here’s our full article on the pros and cons of Hemp Oil Vs CBD Oil for Dogs.
Will Amazon ever sell real CBD oil for dogs
(and what about Whole Foods?)
Amazon’s unique place in the US economy no doubt throws up many questions concerning its rights and ability to sell cannabis products and medical supplements. But theoretically speaking, there shouldn’t be any direct barrier to them selling CBD oil.
Since the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill into law, US companies have been free to grow, produce, transport, and sell products containing industrial hemp, which is cannabis with extremely low concentrations (no more than 0.3 percent) of THC—the compound in cannabis that makes you high.
Most, if not all CBD oil for dogs is made from industrial hemp (and ideally from organic farms), so they fall well within the 2018 FDA legislation.
The real reason why Amazon hasn’t yet come on board with CBD is likely to do with its ability to monitor and maintain its marketplace according to FDA standards. In other words, Amazon may be playing it cautious with all cannabis products, due to the risk of bad actors using the site to sell marijuana.
That said, Amazon tends to make announcements concerning their site without much of a build-up, and sometimes without any announcements at all, so things may change literally overnight. We’ll let you know if they do.
Best CBD Oil For Dogs On Amazon
Posted by Wellapet on Jul 19th 2020
Looking for CBD oil for dogs on Amazon? You may be disappointed with what you find. While there are plenty of quality hemp oil products on Amazon, it’s harder than you think to find genuine CBD products.
Here are some things that need to be considered if you want to buy CBD oil for your dog on Amazon.
Lack of CBD Products
You won’t find a shortage of hemp products for dogs, but there is a serious lack of CBD pet products on Amazon.
Why? Because technically, Amazon prohibits the sale of CBD products. Some of the hemp oil products do contain CBD, but it’s not advertised or listed in the product description. This means that it’s a crapshoot when buying CBD products. You may or may not get a product with CBD, and there’s no way to tell how much CBD and the quality of the CBD even if it does have it.
Are You Really Getting CBD?
One of the biggest concerns when buying CBD from Amazon is whether you’re actually getting a CBD product.
If you do a quick search for “CBD oil for dogs” on Amazon, you’ll get nearly 1,000 results. But if you take a closer look, you’ll find that most don’t explicitly claim to have CBD. The majority of the products on Amazon are hemp oil, and hemp oil is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD).
The stalks, flowers and leaves of the hemp plant are used to create CBD oil because these parts of the plant contain a higher concentration of cannabidiol. Hemp seed oil, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any CBD.
The world of hemp oil and CBD oil can be confusing. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and read through the product description carefully.
Although not required, companies that offer true CBD products will typically list how much CBD the product contains in mg. Check the product label. If it doesn’t mention CBD anywhere, you can’t be sure that the oil actually contains any.
Wellapet clearly lists the CBD content of all treats, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Our Peanut Butter Oats treats contain 150 mg total CBD, with 5 mg in each treat. There’s no THC, and all of our treats are handmade. When you buy from Wellapet, you know exactly what you’re getting.
The Problem with Mixing Up CBD and Hemp Seed Oil
You know that hemp seed oil doesn’t contain any CBD, but many other consumers don’t know this information. They assume that all hemp oil contains CBD. To make things even more confusing, some hemp oil products on Amazon contain CBD, while others do not – and you have no way of knowing one way or the other.
Here’s the problem with this situation: Hemp seed oil won’t hurt your dog, but it won’t have the same effect that you want.
Hemp seed oil contains a wealth of beneficial ingredients, like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D and gamma-linolenic acid.
While these nutrients benefit dogs in many ways, they don’t necessarily have the same effects as CBD. Cannabidiol can support in:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Reducing seizures
- Alleviating nausea
- Reducing inflammation
- Alleviating pain
If you want to use CBD to help with your dog’s anxiety, hemp seed oil won’t have the same effect as a true CBD product. Ultimately, you’ll have wasted your money on a product that didn’t meet your expectations.
Where is the Hemp Sourced?
One important thing to consider when buying CBD oil for your dog is where the hemp is sourced.
In many cases, you can’t find this information on Amazon. Some sellers are openly transparent about the source of their hemp, but others don’t provide any information at all. Knowing where the hemp is grown and cultivated will give you an idea of its quality.
Wellapet sources its hemp from a cGMP-compliant farm in Colorado. Quality is our top priority, which is why we partner with a farm that uses organic farming practices.
How is the Hemp Grown?
When you buy hemp oil online, whether through Amazon or other retailers, it’s important to know how the plants are grown. It’s not always easy to find this information from Amazon sellers. If you don’t know how or where the hemp is grown, you can’t know the quality of the oil.
Our hemp is USDA Certified Organic, which means that no pesticides are used when growing the plants. To ensure purity and quality, our hemp is third-party tested during every step of production, from CBD extraction to the finished treat.
What about Lab Testing?
One surefire way to determine whether a product contains CBD and how much is to look at third-party lab tests. Lab tests will verify that the product does contain CBD, but they will also look at whether the product contains other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Lab test information probably won’t be available on Amazon mainly because sellers aren’t supposed to be offering CBD products on their website. It’s hard to find any information regarding quality and purity because sellers are not allowed to be transparent about the CBD in their products.
Wellapet takes quality and purity seriously. Third-party lab tests verify the CBD content of our treats, so you can be sure that your pup is getting the relief he needs. We perform tests at every stage of production to ensure that you receive the highest quality treats for your dog.
The problem with CBD oil for dogs on Amazon is that you just don’t know what you’re getting. All products are labeled as hemp oil. Some are strictly from hemp seed, which contain no CBD. If their products do contain cannabidiol, sellers cannot explicitly state that they do.
The CBD world is still murky, especially when it comes to major retailers that don’t want to deal with potential liability concerns.
If you want a genuine CBD product for your dog, it may be better to purchase from an independent retailer that can provide information on how much CBD is in each product, third-party testing, where the hemp is grown and how it is grown.