CBD Calming Effects: Canine Stress Management Glimpse

We’ve all seen it – the anxious pacing, whining, or even destructive behaviour of our beloved dogs when faced with stress. Whether it’s the dreaded separation from us, their trusted caregivers, or the unsettling experience of a car ride, our furry friends can sometimes find these situations overwhelming. But what if there was a way to ease their anxiety and make these experiences more comfortable for them? A recent study delves into this very question, exploring the potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) for managing stress in dogs.

Understanding Canine Stress

Dogs, much like humans, can experience stress in various situations. Two common scenarios that can induce stress in dogs are separation from their caregivers and car travel. The bond between dogs and humans is so strong that being apart can lead to anxiety and stress-related behaviours. Similarly, the unfamiliar environment and motion of a car can be unsettling for some dogs.

Traditionally, pet owners have tried various approaches to manage these issues, ranging from training and behavioural interventions to medications and supplements. However, the results have often been mixed, leaving pet owners in search of more effective solutions.

CBD to the Rescue?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound derived from the hemp plant, has been gaining popularity for its potential health benefits in humans. Interestingly, it has also caught the attention of pet owners and researchers for its potential calming effects on pets. CBD is known to alleviate stress and anxiety in humans, but does it have the same effect on our canine companions?

A study conducted by researchers at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute in the United Kingdom set out to explore this question. The study, published in February 2023, investigated the impact of a single dose of THC-free CBD on dogs undergoing stress-inducing situations: being left alone in a room and a short car journey.

The Study: A Closer Look

The study involved 40 healthy adult dogs of different breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, and Norfolk Terriers. The dogs were divided into two groups: one received a placebo, and the other received a single dose of CBD. The researchers then observed the dogs’ physiological and behavioural responses during separation and car travel.

The results were intriguing. The study found significant changes in several stress-related measures, such as serum cortisol levels, ear temperature, heart rate, and certain behaviours like whining. Interestingly, the car journey seemed to elicit a more pronounced stress response compared to being left alone.

CBD’s Calming Influence

What was even more fascinating was the effect of CBD on these stress indicators. The study found that the administration of CBD had a varying impact on the measures of stress, with some indicating a significant reduction in canine stress compared to the placebo group.

For instance, dogs that received CBD showed signs of being more at ease during the car journey and separation, suggesting that CBD could potentially have a calming effect.

Conclusion: A Step Towards Happier Tails

While the study provides promising insights into the potential benefits of CBD for stress management in dogs, it also emphasizes the need for further research to fully understand the complex effects of CBD on canine well-being.

As pet owners, we all want the best for our furry friends. Exploring new and effective ways to enhance their quality of life is a journey worth taking. This study sheds light on a possible new avenue for ensuring our pets are not just physically healthy but emotionally content too.

In conclusion, while CBD shows promise as a natural remedy to alleviate stress in dogs, more research is needed to establish its efficacy fully. Nevertheless, the prospect of having a solution that can make car rides and alone time more comfortable for our pets is certainly an exciting one. Here’s to hoping for more wagging tails and happy, stress-free furry friends!

This exploration into the calming effects of CBD on dogs brings hope and opens doors to potential new ways of ensuring our pets lead happy, stress-free lives. With continued research and understanding, we may soon find ourselves equipped with more tools to enhance the well-being of our beloved canine companions.


Hunt, A. B. G., Flint, H. E., Logan, D. W. and King, T. (2023). ‘A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) positively influences measures of stress in dogs during separation and car travel’. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Frontiers Media S.A., 10, p. 1112604. doi: 10.3389/FVETS.2023.1112604/BIBTEX.

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