Researchers Look to Cannabidiol to Fight Epilepsy in Dogs

Cannabidiol dog treats.
Cannabidiol dog treats. Photography ©kurga | Thinkstock.

Although epilepsy in dogs can be controlled with medications, some dogs do not respond to treatment, and others can’t tolerate the drug’s side effects. In an effort to help these dogs, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has funded a clinical trial to investigate the use of cannabidiol to treat drug-resistant epilepsy. Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant (the CBD enriched subspecies and not the high THC subspecies used for marijuana).

Cannabidiol or CBD may help dogs with epilepsy.

According to lead researcher Stephanie McGrath, D.V.M., Dipl. A.C.V.I.M. (neurology), of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, cannabidiol has proven anticonvulsant properties.

Thumbnail: Photography ©kurga | Thinkstock.

Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you

Read more about dogs and health on 

About the Author

Shopping Cart