Use our CBD Dose Calculator For Dogs to see how much CBD your dog should be getting twice a day.

Disclaimer: Speak with your Veterinarian before starting your dog on CBD. Certain medications interact with CBD, this calculator is not meant to be medical or veterinary advice.

CBD Dose Calculator For Dogs: Instructions

1- Enter the total amount of CBD in milligrams that’s in your tincture. This is usually on the front of the label
2- Enter your dogs weight in pounds.

The calculator will automatically convert the pounds to kilograms and tell you how many full droppers you should be giving your dog twice a day.

How Did We Come Up With This Dose?

We didn’t, Cornell University did. Their study (which you can see here) was used in dogs with arthritis. This dose was found to have optimum effectiveness, even when more CBD was given to the dogs with arthritis. As you’ll see if you read that study, they administered two trial doses:

Over the course of 4 weeks, dogs were administered 2mg per kilogram and 8mg per kilogram of CBD

Although no side effects were noted with the 8mg/kg dose, it was a matter of being cost prohibitive to consumers. It seems Cornell wanted to study a dose that would be practical and that was already well-established throughout the CBD community. 0.5-2mg/kg was the most common dose people were giving their pets.

Well, the 2mg/kg dose had effectiveness, according to the results of the study. Dogs had increased mobility and less pain with that dose. They also published the following points:


It was noted that dogs eliminate CBD at a faster rate than humans. The dose above is meant to be given twice a day so the therapeutic effects can stay consistent..

Dogs (like humans) will absorb more CBD if it’s placed in food and/or the dog has a full stomach.


We do have CBD treats and CBD oil for dogs. This calculator is usually meant for larger dogs since the dose of 2mg per kilogram would be more expensive if you administered it with dog treats than if you administered it with oil.

Cannabinoids are found in cannabis plants, but they’re also found in other plants like broccoli and spices such as clove and black pepper. They can be synthesized in a lab (used for research or medication). They’re also naturally occurring in your brain and body as the hormones anandamide and 2-AG (both of these attach to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of your endocannabinoid system)

Cannabinoids attach to CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain and body. While each of these have different effects, cannabinoids have been studied for the potential to reduce anxiety, pain, nausea, seizures and improve sleep.

While there are over 100 cannabinoids in a cannabis plant, the parent cannabinoids are

  • CBG (Cannabigerol)
  • CBC (Cannabichromene)
  • CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)
  • CBD (Cannabidiol)
  • THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)
  • THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
  • CBN (Cannabinol)

Yes, CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (both hemp and marijuana). CBD is found in higher amounts in the hemp plant than in the marijuana plant.

It’s important that you ensure the CBD products you buy are tested by a THIRD PARTY laboratory. For example: you wouldn’t want to buy Omnia Naturals CBD tested by Omnia Naturals. You want to see Kaycha Laboratory testing Omnia Naturals. No affiliation and therefore no conflict of interest.

High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) can determine the presence and quantity of all cannabinoids like CBD and THC within a CBD product. These will be shown on a lab test or Certificate of Analysis (CoA)

A Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is commonly referred to as a lab test in the CBD industry. This is the document showing the results for everything that is tested for in a CBD product. Everything from the presence of heavy metals to the levels of CBD and THC in the product.

The most accurate way to test cannabinoids like CBD is with High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This process allows a lab to determine which cannabinoids are present, and at what levels.

Cannabinoids like CBD release message carriers (neurotransmitters) that lock in to sites in the ECS like CB1 and CB2. When these receptor sites are stimulated they produce the effects CBD is known for.

Yes! Most living things have an ECS, including your dogs and cats. If you don’t have an ECS, CBD will do nothing beneficial for you. Bees for example, do not have an ECS, so when they’re pollinating hemp and marijuana plants, they do not feel the effects of the cannabinoids.

The two (possibly even a 3rd that hasn’t been discovered) receptors CB1 and CB2 are responsible for producing the effects around the human body. CB1 affects the brain and CB2 affects most tissues and organs in the rest of the body with pain relief and inflammation.

The simple version: It’s the system that CBD stimulates to produce the effects CBD is known for. The ECS by definition is a group of protein receptors and neurotransmitters that allow cannabinoids like THC and CBD to affect the brain and body.

CBD can last up to 6 hours if taken sublingual (under the tongue). So, most people with consistent anxiety take it once in the morning and once later in the afternoon. If you know you’ll become anxious at a certain time, take it one hour before that event.

It absolutely can, it depends on which medications you’re taking. It isn’t necessarily dangerous, however. Physicians are worried about drugs that require very specific doses like blood thinners or chemo. Be sure to consult with your doctor if you’re thinking about taking CBD in addition to your other medications

You should never stop taking your prescribed medication until you consult with your physician. Whether you replace your prescription medication with CBD or not is a decision that has to include your physician.

In studies, research has shown that in animal models CBD reduces anxiety. A 2011 study out of the University of Sao Paulo showed that CBD worked on humans suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder

The majority of people sleep better no matter what time of the day they exercise. But for us, we need to reset our messed up circadian rhythm. You should exercise earlier so that you can retrain your body and mind when the end of the day is. Exercising too close to bed may fool your brain into thinking you’re going on a call.

By resetting your circadian rhythm. Limit screen time an hour before bed, workout earlier, eat healthier and start a regimen of CBD before bed.

Studies with CBD have shown to improve the sleep patterns of the majority of those who’ve taken it. This was seen with improvements in the amount of REM sleep that was achieved.

No. CBG has no intoxicating effects, in the same way CBD has no intoxicating effects but it may have the same or even more health benefits than CBD.

CBG is Cannabigerol, the precursor to all other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, so it’s earned the name “mother of all cannabinoids”. The CBG molecule is most prevalent when a cannabis plant is immature, and transforms to other cannabinoids like CBD and THC. So, as the plant grows, the less CBG there is.

They’re both classified as a cannabinoid which is a compound found in cannabis. CBD (cannabidiol) has less affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBG binds more directly to CB1 and CB2 and therefore could create more endocannabinoid stimulation than CBD. Research on CBG is almost non-existent when you compare it to CBD.

The research isn’t clear on its mechanism of action, but in a study where CBD was combined with bacitracin vs bacitracin alone, CBD was concluded to help kill MRSA. When the CBD was degraded after several hours, the MRSA returned [ref: U of Southern Denmark]

Directly, no. But, it may act as a helper compound with bacitracin to kill gram-positive bacteria, like MRSA.

Topically, CBD works fairly quickly if it’s a quality product. Shortly after administration, it should start to penetrate the skin. CBD oil, however may be more effective for chronic and long-term pain although it can take hours to kick in

Yes it can. CBD is non comedogenic (won’t clog pores). A quality topical CBD product made for pain will absorb deeper than CBD carried in hempseed oil so that it can help with musculoskeletal pain. Hempseed oil is great for the skin, and so is CBD at reducing inflammation

Yes, but only if you have a product that’s meant to be absorbed through the skin. Rubbing CBD oil on your skin has plenty of benefits for the skin itself, but not for musculo-skeletal or joint pain.

Absolutely. While a small percentage of people studied using CBD have showed somnolence (sleepiness) during the day, this is considered an untoward side effect and isn’t the norm.

Absolutely. While a small percentage of people studied using CBD have showed somnolence (sleepiness) during the day, this is considered an untoward side effect and isn’t the norm.

Yes. In human and rat studies, CBD is shown to improve REM latency (the amount of time it takes to to get into REM sleep once you’re alseep)

The adverse effect of somnolence (drowsiness) can be felt sometimes, but not with most people and not in regular doses. While some of us are looking for a feeling of drowsiness to help us sleep, it’s a common misconception that this is standard for CBD. A few studies show CBD in small doses causes the feeling of alertness and wakefulness.

Everything from 25mg to 1600mg has been studied. Finding your sweet spot is a matter of starting with a low dose (25mg) and working your way up if needed. Anecdotally, most people don’t need large amounts of CBD to have their sleep quality improved.

Research shows that the majority of people find CBD helps them either fall asleep, stay asleep or both. This is according to Universities such as Harvard, Denver and Sao Paolo (Brazil)

Yes, the same with USPS you have to abide by federal regulations. Your CBD has to contain <0.3%THC.

Yes you can, as long as CBD is legal in that country. If you’re mailing smaller amounts you won’t have to file a customs declaration either. If you’re shipping CBD products that you’ve sold you have to fill out customs forms. You must ensure that your THC amount is <0.2% as well

Yes. USPS made CBD legal to mail as of June 6 2019 as long as it contains <0.3% THC.

No. CBD is not tested for in a standard urinalysis. THC, which is prevalent in marijuana, is what is tested for when screening for the fire department. CBD oil can be made firefighter friendly if it’s created with CBD isolate and tested to be shown to have 0.000% THC, making it safe to take regularly and still pass a standard urinalysis drug test.

Research has shown the possibility of CBD being a potent anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever and can possibly promote good sleep from conclusions drawn by these researchers. There have also been studies on CBD for PTSD, depression and anxiety that have shown a lot of promise.

Most departments don’t have a rule against CBD they simply require you to pass drug testing. The standard drug test looks for the THC from marijuana not the CBD compound. Unless your department, city/county or union prohibits it, you’re legally allowed to use CBD.

Most of the research that has been performed has been for sublingual CBD. It’s also been shown to be the most effective absorption rate after inhalation.

At least 60 seconds, but there is some good evidence that says the longer the better. We recommend at least 2 minutes before swallowing the remainder of CBD

No! CBD absorbs 4x more when you have a full stomach since it likes to bind to fats. Eating an avocado before you take CBD could make it way more effective!

There is no standard dose that is recommended or regulated. Always start with one dropper and increase after a few days if needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated CBD does not show any potential for abuse or addiction. It does not stimulate the parts of the brain that cause addiction and produces no feeling of intoxication

While there is a lethal dose of CBD, just like there is a lethal dose for everything, including water, CBD does not cause one to go unconscious and stop breathing like an opiate. The lethal dose of CBD was found to be 615mg/kg which is an astronomical amount

The World Health Organization stated that CBD has a very high safety profile. CBD that is suspended in hemp seed oil is rich in omega fatty acids. As long as you’re taking a quality CBD, yes it is safe for use every day

CBD is a known anti-convulsant, anti-anxiety, pain reliever and sleep aide. It is being researched for many different applications including Autism, Parkinson’s, Cancer, and Autoimmune diseases.

No. Although it’s always a good idea to speak with your vet about your pet taking CBD.

CBD has had success treating pain from inflammation and arthritis in animals and humans. Studies show that 1-2mg/kg can be effective for dogs, although the research on cats isn’t prevalent enough to provide a definitive answer yet.

Most studies on CBD’s duration have been in rats and humans. Cats haven’t been studied, but on the studies that were done it’s around 5 hours.

CBD has been studied to have anxiety-reducing effects in animals.

Yes. The ASPCA reports on their site that only cannabis oil with high THC has to be used cautiously. CBD, which is different, is safe for cats to use.

There is no recorded overdose limit of CBD. Dogs and cats can tolerate a very large amount of CBD with no side effects whatsoever. The toxic dose is 615mg/kg according to a study by the University of Arkansas in 2019

CBD has little regulation and no standard dose. Cornell did the largest study for dogs with arthritis and found that 2mg/kg twice a day improved dogs mobility and pain relief. Starting off with one CBD treat or 1 dropper of CBD oil per day is recommended.

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