CBD Oil for Dog Seizures

December 10, 2021
Medically reviewed by James Edward, Pharm. D

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When a dog has a seizure, its brain is bursting with electrical activity that interferes with it's normal functions. Various factors, including inflammation and immune response, can cause these episodes.

How Does CBD Oil Help Dogs With Seizures?

CBD operates with the ECS (endocannabinoid system). Peter Grinspoon, MD, writes that the ECS regulates and controls many of our most critical bodily functions, such as inflammatory and immune responses.

Scientists do not fully understand how CBD works with the ECS receptors, but they believe it may interact with specific receptors may help stop seizures. Seizure reduction may happen because CBD helps calm overactive neurons. Additionally, CBD is believed to help protect brain cells against damage caused by a seizure.

According to Dr. Matthew Miller, DVM, for CBD to positively affect seizures, it needs to be taken in conjunction with traditional anti-seizure medications.

Does CBD Oil Stop Seizures: What The Research Says

The study mentioned before focused on 26 dogs with epilepsy. The researchers split the dogs into CBD oil and placebo groups. After 12 weeks of treatment, the CBD group showed a significant reduction in seizure frequency compared to the other group. The lead researcher said overall, CBD oil shows great promise. The researchers found that the higher the level of CBD, the fewer seizures occur, meaning that getting an effective dose of CBD is critical. We'll talk more about CBD dosage for dogs with seizures later.

A US survey of 19 parents, 12 of whom had children with severe epilepsy, explored the use of CBD for treatment-resistant epilepsy. 53% reported an 80% reduction in seizure frequency, and 11% of children were seizure-free during a 3-month trial. Among the 12 patients with severe epilepsy, 42% reported an 80% seizure reduction.

In 2020, The American Epilepsy Society officially confirmed CBD helps reduce epileptic seizures. Their medical trials displayed that CBD was more effective than a placebo.

An article in the Neurobiology of Disease journal concluded the data from research says that the ECS plays an active role in seizure termination.

These studies defend the benefits of CBD oil and its effect on seizures. Several other studies about CBD and other parts of the hemp plant discuss a possible entourage effect for even more significant benefits.

The FDA, which approved Epidiolex in 2018 to treat two types of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, is further bolstering the case for CBD's influence on seizures.

CBD For Grand Mal Seizures

Grand mal seizures in dogs are alarming because of a loss of consciousness and the uncontrolled movement they may cause. Grand mal refers to prolonged, severe seizures. There is some evidence supporting CBD oil for Grand mal seizures. The most extensive study included 162 people treated with CBD oil for 12 weeks. Five patients saw motor seizures disappear entirely, and two patients became seizure-free. However, the FDA often requires large-scale clinical studies to deem medication effective or ineffective.

The good news is that more CBD studies are coming, giving us additional information regarding CBD and seizures and refining dosage amounts.

CBD Dosage For Dog Seizures

While working with your vet if your dog suffers from seizures is essential, we suggest a starting point of 1-2mg kg twice daily with CBD oils absorbed in the mouth or 3-6mg/kg if you use CBD dog treats or oils placed in food. We suggest the higher dose for treats or oils placed on food and swallowed because CBD is not absorbed as efficiently through digestion. However, our treats are made to account for this and can be given more conveniently.

Calculating exactly how much CBD to give your dog is easy if you use our dosage calculator.

Relievet CBD oils and treats provide weight-based doses of CBD for dogs up to 200 lbs, with dosage tables printed on the product. You can also quickly determine which product to choose and how long it will last using the dosage calculators on the CBD oil or treats pages.

Possible Side Effects

Most dogs won't encounter any side effects using Broad Spectrum CBD products. If they do, they will be reversible by simply reducing the dose. These are some possible side effects:

  • diarrhea
  • drowsiness
  • increased liver enzymes
  • lowered blood pressure

Where To Buy

When shopping online, you can utilize a dosage calculator to help you find an effective CBD product for your dog's weight. You can also quickly check lab results to ensure the product contains the labeled amount of CBD.

If you are purchasing in a retail store, speak with an expert who can help ensure you get an effective dose of CBD for your dog's weight.

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I was unprepared for what would happen to my dog, Biscuit. 

Ever since she was a puppy, she’d spend her days running and playing. I’d take her on walks, to the beach, and dog parks.

Unfortunately, at age 10, she started to limp after trips to the beach. It broke my heart to see her in pain doing what she loved the most. I started feeding her a raw food diet and added high-quality supplements to ensure her nutritional needs were met. Unfortunately, while she loved the food, the limping persisted.

I went to the vet, who looked over Biscuit and said she was likely limping due to joint inflammation. She gave us something to help. This worked well at first. Biscuit was moving around more freely, and was limping less. 

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