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July 15, 2020 5 min read

If you’re a pet owner and love your pets like we do, we are sure that you want to give your furry friend the very best. Whether you are a loyal dog lover or a borderline crazy cat person, we all know that our pets are more than just companions… many times they are our best friends.

By now, you’ve probably heard that CBD can be extremely beneficial for pets.  For many pet owners, CBD has led to wonderous improvements to the lives of their pets.

Special CBD Oil for Pets?

Is there some type of “special” CBD oil that should be used for pets, or can you give your pets the same CBD oil you use for yourself?

In humans, the wellness-promoting properties of CBD are realized by the way the cannabinoid interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is said to be one of the most important physiological systems that is involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are found throughout your entire body and their function is considered the “bridge between body and mind.”

All animals, vertebrates and invertebrates (except for the sea sponge) are known to have an ECS. Mammals, fish, birds, reptiles — you name it… they all have it!

Because our pets also have an endocannabinoid system, it’s suggested that CBD can impact our pets in much the same way it affects us.

Let’s take a Deeper Look at Your Pet’s Endocannabinoid System

Within the ECS are two cannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2. These receptors have two major functions. One is to regulate the behavioral effects of cannabis. The other is to govern the effects of the body’s natural cannabinoids, known as anandamide and 2-AG.

CB1 receptors are primarily found in the central nervous system, the brain, lungs, liver and kidney, and affect functions such as cognition, memory and motor movements. CB2 receptors are primarily found in the peripheral nervous system, as well as the immune system, and the gastrointestinal tract, and manages processes such as food intake and metabolism, appetite, and inflammation.

While CBD has little binding affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors, its effects are caused by an indirect impact on these very important cannabinoid receptors. This indirect impact regulates your pet’s natural endocannabinoid system to naturally enhance their well-being.

The ECS is responsible for the following functions in both humans and our pets:

Balance and coordination, Appetite, Digestive system function, Mood regulation, Memory, and Muscle movement.

When there is a disturbance in your pet’s ECS, your pet can experience suppressed function in any of these processes.  Even if the ECS disturbance is small, your pet’s well being can be severely disrupted.

How Does the Endocannabinoid System Work in Pets?

Most people typically don’t pay much attention to the internal anatomy of their pets. We prefer to play with our pets or cuddle with them instead of thinking about how their digestive or immune systems function… until their digestive or immune systems aren’t working properly.

But, knowing that our pets all have an ECS just like we do, it makes sense that CBD would affect us both similarly. When our ECS is functioning properly, our bodies achieve ultimate balance and well-being; it’s the same for our furry best friends.

Your Pet’s Endocannabinoid System and CBD

You can find countless stories online about how CBD has supported the lives of people’s pets. The more research you do, the more you’ll become aware that CBD can be just as beneficial for pets as it is for humans. 

But back to our original question….

What’s the Difference Between CBD for Pets vs. Humans?

There are several pet-specific CBD products that are available on the market, from CBD treats Chews to CBD Drops and CBD sprays that can easily be added to your pet’s food. But is there a difference between these products and the CBD oil you use for yourself?

Basically, in most cases, the CBD oil used for pets should be no different than the CBD oil used for humans. Serving recommendations are definitely different, but there aren’t typically any differences in the way the oils are manufactured. That being said, it is extremely important that you ensure that your pet is getting a high quality product, free from THC, and free from pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.

When designed specifically for pets in mind, however, CBD companies will typically add some kind of appealing flavor (think peanut butter or bacon) to entice your cat or dog into trying it. CBD for pets is often made with a carrier such as cod liver oil or olive oil (here at NXTGEN we use 100% organic olive oil), which can also enhance the health of your pet.

Using CBD Oil for Pets

If you’re like us, and were curious about how CBD could impact your pet’s life, and then after doing some research, decided to give your canine (or feline) companion CBD to improve his or her life, it is important to remember that the quality, purity, and potency of the brand of CBD that you’re using is vitally important to the wellbeing of your pets.


Can you use CBD oil intended for humans on your pets?

Sure. In fact, many people experimenting with CBD oil on their pets will start out by giving them some of their own. If you find out that CBD benefits your pet and you want to make it part of their regular diet, using CBD oil designed specifically for pets is recommended.


CBD oil for pets have been specially formulated with pets in mind. The CBD oil you take is likely much stronger than pet CBD oil. Giving your pets the exact serving size they need could be a bit more complicated than simply serving yourself. This is why giving your pets oil made specifically for them is always recommended. It’s also important to note that human products may also have ingredients that could harm your pet, such as essential oils.

Another option to consider when giving your pet CBD are CBD pet treats. We all know our pets love their treats. Cats and dogs go crazy for them. CBD pet treats are made with your beloved companion in mind and are an easy way to give them a precise serving each and every time. Our CBD Pet Chews for example, are made with a hearty beef flavor and contain 2mg of CBD per treat.

Is There Really a Difference Between CBD for Humans and Pets?

When it comes down to it, CBD seems to be as beneficial for our furry friends as it is for us. It’s all about the way the cannabinoid works with the endocannabinoid system of our pets.

As far as CBD is concerned, what you give your pets is often the same thing you take yourself. The biggest differences between CBD for pets and humans is the CBD oil milligram content and any added pet-friendly flavor that will make CBD pet oil even more enticing and safe.

When it comes to giving your pets CBD oil, giving them what was designed specifically for them is typically recommended. It has the perfect amount of CBD to fit their specific pet needs and a taste that will satisfy even the most finicky of palates and shouldn’t contain any possible harmful ingredients.

At NXTGEN Nutrition we care about our pets as much as you do and use only the best organic ingredients and purest CBD oil in our CBD Pet Drops and Pet Chews. 

If you’re like us and love spending time with your pet, you can now enjoy your wellness routine with them too! 

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