What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil—also known as hemp oil—is an oil that contains the cannabinoid Cannabidiol (CBD for short). A cannabinoid is a compound that acts on cannabinoid receptors in the brain to alter neurotransmitter release. Specifically, cannabinoids act on the endocannabinoid system—a neurotransmitter system that helps control and balance the neurologic and immune systems in mammals and many invertebrates as well.

Along with THC, CBD is one of the most widely known cannabinoids, but there are over 100 that have been identified in the Cannabis plant. CBD differs from THC because it does not have any psychoactive components. In layman’s terms – CBD is not mairjuana and it will not get you high. CBD oil is currently being studied extensively in human populations to determine if it has beneficial effects on conditions such as epilepsy, pain, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and more. In 2018, the FDA approved the first human prescription CBD drug—Epidiolex—for the treatment of a rare form of epilepsy in humans.

Is CBD Oil Safe for Dogs?

ABSC Organics is the only veterinary CBD oil company that has completed a Phase One Safety trial. In 2016—using our CBD oil for pets—Dr. Stephanie McGrath and her team at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences investigated the safety of specified combinations and delivery methods of our hemp-hybrid oil extract in dogs. The results confirmed that dogs tolerated clinical doses of the compound found in ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ without adverse effects. These results were presented at the Institute of Cannabis Research Conference at CSU-Pueblo on April 29, 2017, and were published in the Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. McGrath and her team have continued to use ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ for their clinical trials, including trials an osteoarthritis trial and an epilepsy trial conducted in conjunction with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation.

What Health Problems Can CBD Oil for Dogs Treat?

When it comes to CBD, the FDA is working hard to catch up with the science and with the myriad ways that people are currently using CBD oil for themselves and for their pets. Until that work is complete, we cannot make specific health claims without violating FDA policy. From epilepsy to pain to anxiety and more, sources across the internet offer a wealth of information about the ways that many pet owners have found relief for their pets. Many companies have thrown caution to the wind—making claims on their sites about CBD’s benefits as a health and wellness supplement for dogs. And many of these claims are supported by copious amounts of anecdotal evidence and even some clinical research. But until the FDA has a chance to review the masses of stories and evidence (and the FDA moves slowly!), we will exercise an abundance of caution and stick with the facts.

What Are the Facts About CBD Oil for Dogs?

ABSC Organics is the only veterinary CBD oil company that has completed three clinical trials, including a Phase 1 Safety trial showing that CBD oil is safe and well-tolerated in dogs. In addition to the Phase 1 Safety trial, ABSC Organics has also sponsored and completed a primary epilepsy study at Colorado State University. Those results—which showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency—were published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Association. The American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation has co-sponsored a larger follow-up epilepsy study at CSU, and that trial is also using our CBD oil for pets. In addition to epilepsy studies in dogs, we have also sponsored an osteoarthritis trial with results coming soon.

We’re creating an incredible body of research, and we’ve also got story after story about dogs who have benefitted from adding CBD oil to the treatment plan. Pet owners write us every day thanking us for helping their dogs find relief from pain, seizures, anxiety, fungal diseases, and more. We can’t promise that your dog will see the same benefits, but we can promise that these are real quotes from real ABSC Organics customers. We can’t make health claims, but we can share their words. In some cases we’ve made minor edits for clarity and length:

Pain Management

“My 14 year old beagle Beatrix has some issues with her discs in her neck and back—resulting in a lot of pain. We also do acupuncture every three weeks, and she has a pain med cocktail, that I try to keep at minimal use. When I added the CBD, I could tell that it makes her feel like a puppy again. We love this product.”

“It also seems to be keeping my old girl more comfortable than pain pills alone.”

“It works. Have a dog that is in pain and the CBD oil from ABSC relieves it.”

“My 7 year old lab has had 5 knee surgeries. Your CBD oil not only enabled me to take him off codeine med after his most recent surgery but also eases his discomfort if he has any joint pain.”


old Labrador retriever with gray muzzle

Pain and stiffness from arthritis can be issues with older dogs, but they don’t alway show their pain in expected ways. If you notice that your older dog is more irritable, anxious, or less interested in his daily walk or play time, arthritis may be the culprit.

27% of our survey respondents told us they give ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ to a pet with arthritis and/or mobility issues.

“CBD seems to be giving my almost 13 year-old GSD good relief from arthritis. On her daily open space romps, she is more playful, has a spring in her step and will chase her toy.”

“Our arthritic Jack Russell runs and plays all day, but at night she suffers from pain, groaning in her sleep and growling if the other dogs came too close. This CBD oil has helped relieve those symptoms and allowed her to enjoy snuggling again. It helps a lot – great product!”


There is breaking news on the cancer research front: the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine is currently running a trial to determine the safety and efficacy of CBD oil use during chemotherapy in dogs with lymphoma. This study will attempt to scientifically validate what we’ve been hearing for years from pet parents dealing with cancer. Many tell us CBD helps their pets deal with the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatment protocols. Here’s what a few had to say:

“I will add my story of my buddy Tucker. He came down with hemangiosarcoma beginning of July 2018. At the time U of F vet clinic gave him 6 weeks. His was very rare for this cancer was in his mouth and tongue which they could only find a few cases of. We had surgery which was terrible for him, feeding by hand for almost 6 weeks. We also started 5 sessions of chemo which also made him sick for a week on each session. I started Tucker on a Keto diet as soon as we finished chemo along with a few holistic meds. I knew nothing about CBD oil so I had to research the many products for sale. When I found a company that had actually researched there product thru a university I had to settle on Applied Basic Science. It is now 8 months after they gave us those 6 weeks and Tucker is doing great .I have Tucker on Host mushrooms and ABSC CBD oil 1200mg along with keto and products I need for him to have a balanced meal. Tucker is 12 years old and doing great. I cannot say what CBD has done for him but I can say he will stay on it.”

“Due to the positive results with Presley, we now have put our other two dogs on the drops. Elvis is taking the drops for his arthritis and Buddy Holly as a cancer preventative as he had a cancerous tumor removed from his leg last year. They all are doing amazing and we are true believers of this product.”

Seizures and Epilepsy

When it comes to seizures and epilepsy, ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ really shines. This is where the bulk of our research has been conducted. Our pilot study showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency in dogs that were given our CBD oil. Based on the strength of these findings, the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation has co-sponsored a larger trial to dive deeper into the science of CBD and epilepsy.

“During the last two months since Presley started on the CBD oil in addition to her regular medications, she has been seizure free. Some other positive changes are that she sleeps through the night and it appears to help her anxiety. She used to be up and down all night long, which means we didn’t sleep much either worrying if she was going to have a seizure every time she got up. She is back to her happy go lucky self and enjoying fetching, which is her absolute favorite activity!”

“Miley is a happy girl since she hasn’t had a seizure in over a month! Miley started having Grand Mal seizures about 9 months ago. Our vet put her on Phenobarbital but the seizures continued at the rate of one every two weeks, sometimes 2 in one week and we kept increasing the medication. This was very disturbing to us. I saw the article in the Denver Post about the study being done by CSU using ABSC CBD oil for epilepsy in pets. I contacted them and got the name of the supplier: Applied Basic Science Corp (ABSC) . I ordered some for Miley. ABSC was very helpful in determining the correct dosage for her 6-7 drops 2 times a day (not droppersful as the C.H.O. Pet Tincture sold in the pet store) and the shipping and customer support is great. It’s very easy to administer, I put the CBD oil in her cheek and gently massage it. We tried the C.H.O. Pet Tincture capsules available at the pet store, but found that the oil appeared to be more effective. I especially like the fact that we KNOW where this hemp is grown and WHERE the oil is manufactured unlike other brands online.”

“My Brody is a small mix breed who has suffered from seizure for about 3 years. At our last visit to the vet, she recommended ABSC Organics and told me her dog has been seizure free for 14 months. It is heart breaking to see Brody have a seizure. I’ve been using ABSC Organics for about 4 months and as of yet, no seizures. Yay! I’m hopeful and thank you for this product.”


“We feel confident in given it to our beloved pets. We have another collie, a rescue who is quite skittish around strangers (due to severe abuse) and we have given theABSC CBD oil to him on occasion to help clam him in stressful situations. It was so nice to see our big boy being able to interact without running off and hiding! This oil is amazing. “


“She also has had some itching skin irritations that we have treated with various shampoos and sprays. I have had her on the 1200d oil since January. Her skin issues have completely cleared and we are at 89 days seizure free.”

Mobility Issues

“It seems like his mobility has improved 30-40% since he has been on CBD oil at the recommended dosage. Any improvement is a big deal for us for quality of life.”

“Within 10 days of taking 7 drops twice a day of your ABCS CBD oil I noticed Stormy had more mobility. With the snowfall last night and temperatures below freezing today, she did her regular morning and evening walks with ease. Normally in those conditions she would need to take several breaks laying down or not be able to walk that far. Your product is working for her osteoarthritis.”

“We use this organic CBD oil on our 10lb doggie that has joint problems and there is such a big difference in his mobility. He seems to feel so much better!”

Side Effects of CBD Oil

One reason so many pet owners are attracted to CBD oil is the lack of major side effects. In fact, many pet owners turn to CBD oil as an option when prescription pharmaceuticals cause too many unpleasant side effects for their pets. We generally do not get any reports of side effects from pet owners who are using baseline dosage recommendations for their dogs. At very high doses (up to 5 times baselines dosage amounts) some pet owners report that their dogs experience looser stools.

CBD Oil Dosage for Dogs

Baseline dosage for ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ is 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. Dosage can be safely escalated up to five times the baseline amount if necessary. Every bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ comes with detailed dosage instructions. If you have any questions about CBD oil dosage with your pet, please contact us for help.


In the veterinary CBD oil market, ABSC Organics stands out for our commitment to research, science, and facts.

We’re in the business because we care about pet health, and we care about the science behind CBD.

Our CBD research

ABSC Organics is the industry leader in veterinary CBD oil research. We have partnered with Dr. Stephanie McGrath, DVM and Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to conduct three clinical trials using our product. By studying safety and pharmacokinetics, epilepsy, and osteoarthritis, Dr. McGrath and her team have taken the field of veterinary CBD oil research by storm. Exciting findings such as 89% reduction on seizure frequency have drawn in larger research partners for follow up studies. We’re proud to be sponsoring and supplying the text product for these studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will CBD oil make my dog high?

Our broad spectrum CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC, which means it will not make your dog high or deliver any psychotropic effects. THC—short for tetrahydrocannabinol—is the naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant that delivers marijuana’s high. The 2018 Farm Bill made CBD federally legal by stipulating that it be distilled from industrial hemp with a THC concentration of less than 0.3%.

How much CBD oil should I give my dog for anxiety?

When trying CBD oil for anxiety, we recommend starting with our baseline dosage of 2mg/10 lbs, given twice daily. This is the starting dosage for all pets, and for all conditions. For more severe cases, baseline dosages can be escalated up to five times the baseline dosage. Each bottle of ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ comes with detailed dosing instructions.

Can you give dogs human CBD oil?

ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ has been tested extensively for safety and efficacy in animals. Specifically, all of our clinical trials have been conducted with dogs. Because our CBD oil is extracted from one specific hybrid hemp plant grown in Colorado, our product is unique and our testing results cannot be extrapolated to other products. If you are looking for a CBD oil for your dog, we recommend choosing a product like ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ that is formulated and tested for animals.

Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil?

CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, but be wary of assuming that everything labeled “hemp oil” contains CBD. Many hemp oils on the market contain little or no CBD. If you are looking for a product that is primarily CBD, choose one with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) showing CBD levels. ABSC Organics gets a COA with every batch of CBD oil we produce.