EPISODE 218 | RELEASED May 29, 2023

Cannabis vs CBD and Related Terms | Kate Basedow LVT

Cannabis or CBD? Hemp or marijuana? What’s the difference? Let’s break down common terms related to cannabis and CBD oil.


Cannabis is being studied more and more in both human and veterinary medicine, and if your dog has cancer, you have probably seen at least one person recommend CBD oil. But all of the terms can be very confusing and may sound the same.

Knowing what each term means can help you and your veterinarian determine if CBD is appropriate for your dog and help you to choose a safe and effective product.

Here are a few of the terms discussed in today’s show:

Cannabis is a plant with many compounds reported to have medicinal properties. These compounds are called cannabinoids.

The two most famous cannabinoids are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). THC has hallucinatory psychoactive effects and can be toxic to dogs, while CBD has much more calming effects and is safe for dogs.

Marijuana and hemp are both categories of the cannabis plant. Marijuana refers to a cannabis plant with over 0.3% THC, while hemp refers to a cannabis plant that has 0.3% THC or less.

And when choosing a product, a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) is critical so that you know exactly what is in each product!

Listen in to hear more, and check back next week for part one of our in-depth discussion on CBD with veterinarian Dr. Narda Robinson.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

CBD for Dogs with Cancer (article): https://www.dogcancer.com/articles/supplements/cbd-for-dogs-with-cancer/

Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: A Critical Review (peer-reviewed paper): https://www.ahvma.org/wp-content/uploads/Cannabis-in-Veterinary-Medicine-A-Critical-Review-Vol-61_LR-3-2.pdf

Cannabis to Help Dogs with Cancer – A Veterinary Oncologist Perspective (podcast): https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/cannabis-to-help-dogs-with-cancer-a-veterinary-oncologist-perspective-dr-trina-hazzah-deep-dive/

Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine: A Critical Review (podcast): https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/cannabis-in-veterinary-medicine-a-critical-review-dr-trina-hazzah-deep-dive/

CBD Oil for Dogs (podcast): https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/cbd-oil-for-dogs-dr-demian-dressler-deep-dive/

Cannabis for Dogs with Cancer (podcast): https://www.dogcancer.com/podcast/supplements/cannabis-for-dogs-with-cancer-dr-gary-richter-deep-dive/

Exercise-induced euphoria and anxiolysis do not depend on endogenous opioids in humans (peer-reviewed paper): https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306453021000470

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