Is cbd in olive oil safe for rabbits

Should I use CBD oil for my pet?

At this time…no you should not. CBD or cannabidiol was found to be highly effective for a seizure disorder in children called Dravet syndrome. This led to the production of Epidiolex, the only FDA approved and tested CBD oil.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a concentrated extract made from cannabis flowers or leaves that is dissolved in an edible oil such as sunflower, hemp, or olive oil. Cannabis is a plant. There are different kinds of cannabis plants, one yields hemp and CBD while another kind of cannabis yields marijuana and psychoactive chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol.) It is believed that hemp and CBD have less than 0.3% THC so there is no psychological effects from CBD.

The law

Cannabis, all plants in this family, is regulated by the Controlled Substance Act or DEA in the United States. It is considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance and can only be prescribed by a doctor that holds a schedule 1 license. In 2018 a US Farm Bill was passed to allow the farm production of hemp (the plant CBD is obtained from). The FDA commissioner stated that CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or health products without approval from the FDA because it can put patients at risk and none have been proven to be safe and effective (with the exception of Epidiolex.)


As it stands right now, some states have legalized marijuana and similar cannabis products. Most have not. The federal law states it is legal to farm hemp but the FDA says it is illegal to use it in food or health products. There are many producers of CBD products and, at this current time, is completely unregulated and producing cannabis products (hemp and CBD) with very little oversight by any regulatory agency for safety, quality, strength or purity. There is no current research that says it is a therapeutic agent for pets. It may help or it may not. It could also make your pet’s condition worse.

Why is it available?

The biggest issue is the conflicting laws outlined above and the lack of government funding to enforce any safety or quality regulations. It is truly up to the consumer to do extensive research into how the CBD is produced and if it is a quality product. Things to be aware of is the way it is produced, the way it is extracted, and how is purity tested. In a Dutch study, quality was tested in 21 products and over 50% were found to not contain the concentrations of CBD or THC.


At this time, I do not recommend using any CBD oil on any pet. There have been no studies to support that it is helpful and no FDA or USDA approved products are available. If you choose to do so be aware that products can contain heavy metals, toxins and solvents that may actually be dangerous to your pet. As research progresses, quality products may be available in the future.

Is CBD Oil Safe For Your Bunny?

CBD oil has grown in popularity over the years for treating human ailments and pains. Recently, CBD oil has broken into the pet market and many owners are starting to use it for their pets. Specifically for cats, dogs, and horses.

Since CBD oil is often used to relieve anxiety and potentially other conditions (some common among rabbits), we dove into some research to find out if it is safe to give bunnies CBD oil and when we should consider using it if so.

It is safe for bunnies to ingest CBD oil. Bunnies are naturally skittish and often anxious due to being prey animals. CBD oil may help calm your bunny down.

Currently, there is no scientific research specifically investigating CBD oil and bunnies. However, there is some positive anecdotal evidence for the use of CBD oil with bunnies in treating ailments. There is also positive scientific research with CBD oil and other rodents as well as humans.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is a cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant, which is the cousin of the marijuana plant. Both species of plants come under the Cannabis sativa umbrella. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant which causes the feeling “high” sensation.

However, CBD oil does not contain any psychoactive properties as it does not contain THC. This means your bunny won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.

CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD from the cannabis plant and diluting it with a carrier oil like olive or hemp seed oil.

Why Give CBD Oil To Bunnies?

CBD is a relatively new topic of research. Hence, since CBD oil doesn’t have any scientific evidence backing up the potential health benefit claims in bunnies, anecdotally, there doesn’t seem to be any negative side effects.

CBD can be given to any living animal and mammal that has an endocannabinoid system. Luckily, our furry bunny friends have this system. Dogs, cats, horses, and even birds can be given CBD oil.

At this point in time, most vets cannot recommend or prescribe CBD oil as a treatment. The use of CBD oil will have to be entirely in your discretion so it would be advisable to only use it if all other traditional approaches have failed.

CBD oil could be used for these general ailments in bunnies:

CBD and Seizures

We couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have to witness our bunny have seizures at any time. Scientific research has shown CBD can be effective in reducing seizure frequency in human children and adolescents. More research has potentially shown that CBD reduces seizure frequency in mice.

Anecdotally, a board member and educator from the Vancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy had a bunny that was suffering from seizures, arthritis, and tremors. She thought her bunny was going to die of seizures it was that bad.

So she experimented with CBD oil as a treatment. Since treating her bunny with CBD, her bunny has been having fewer seizures and is stronger than ever.

If your bunny is suffering from this neurological disorder and traditional medication is not decreasing the frequency of their seizures, then CBD oil may be an alternative solution that is worth a try.

CBD and Arthritis

Just like other animals, bunnies can develop arthritis as they grow older. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. As the cartilage in their joints deteriorates, it will limit their ability to move around your home and jump onto their favorite places to relax and sleep. The lack of movement also decreases their energy expenditure increasing their risk of obesity.

Arthritis can be due to hereditary or growing disorders in younger bunnies or trauma induced as they age. Larger breeds are at increased risk of arthritis due to having to support more weight through their joints than smaller bunnies.

Some symptoms of arthritis are:

  • Stiffness in the way they walk. This will likely be a gradual process and will become more frequent and severe.
  • Restricted motion.
  • Inability to properly groom themselves.
  • Increased pain after exercise.
  • Joint swelling and instability.

Research has shown that CBD may, in fact, decrease arthritic pain in mice as well as have anti-inflammatory properties. Further, a recent study in 2016 showed similar results where a topical CBD treatment reduced arthritic pain and inflammation without side-effects in rats.

Needless to say, CBD may be a natural alternative to treat your bunny’s arthritis if pain killers are making your bunny feel off.

CBD and Anxiety

Being prey animals, bunnies are often on edge especially in new environments and around unfamiliar people or pets. This behaviour is normal and doesn’t need to be treated with anything.

However, if they are anxious all the time regardless of the situation, this can keep them in a high-stress state for long periods which can cause health problems.

CBD has calming properties and while research has primarily been investigated in humans, it has shown promising results in potentially treating multiple anxiety disorders.

While CBD anecdotally has reduced symptoms to these ailments, there is still no scientific evidence backing this and extrapolating results from other populations sadly can’t be applied to the bunny population. But, if you have exhausted all of your medical options with your vet, then trying CBD may be a great alternative.

How Much CBD Oil Should You Give Your Bunny?

How much CBD you give to your bunny is going to depend on their size. Here is a table to help you give the correct dose to your bunny. This dosage is based on this particular product, HolistaPet CBD Oil. If you are using a different product, then adjust the number of drops accordingly.

However, this is the CBD oil product we would recommend as it is specifically made to be dosed for small animals and especially bunnies. While their sales page has been updated recently to mention cats and dogs, their 150 mg CBD for pets under 20 lbs is perfect for your pet bunny.

Further, it is 100% organic so it doesn’t contain any toxins or pesticides that could harm your bunny. It is also the best priced CBD oil by milligrams of CBD per dollar. And who can say no to free shipping!

Pet Weight Regular Dose Strong Dose
2lbs 0.5 mg = 2 drops 1.0 mg = 3 drops
4lbs 1.0 mg = 3 drops 2.0 mg = 6 drops
6lbs 1.5 mg = 4 drops 3.0 mg = 9 drops
8lbs 2.0 mg = 6 drops 4.0 mg = 12 drops
10lbs 2.5 mg = 8 drops 5.0 mg = 15 drops
12lbs 3.0 mg = 9 drops 6.0 mg = 18 drops
14lbs 3.5 mg = 11 drops 7.0 mg = 21 drops
16lbs 4.0 mg = 12 drops 8.0 mg = 24 drops
18lbs 4.5 mg = 14 drops 9.0 mg = 27 drops
20lbs 5.0 mg = 15 drops 10 mg = 30 drops (1 ml)

Some of you may have bunnies larger than 20lbs such as Continental Giants as they can grow up to 35lbs+! (see our article “When Do Bunnies Stop Growing?”). In this case, higher doses will be needed.

Pet Weight Regular Dose Strong Dose
20lbs 5.0 mg = 8 drops 10 mg = 16 drops
22lbs 5.5 mg = 9 drops 11 mg = 17 drops
24lbs 6.0 mg = 10 drops 12 mg = 19 drops
26lbs 6.5 mg = 10 drops 13 mg = 20 drops
28lbs 7.0 mg = 11 drops 14 mg = 22 drops
30lbs 7.5 mg = 12 drops 15 mg = 23 drops
32lbs 8.0 mg = 13 drops 16 mg = 25 drops
34lbs 8.5 mg = 13 drops 17 mg = 26 drops
36lbs 9.0 mg = 14 drops 18 mg = 28 drops
38lbs 9.5 mg = 15 drops 19 mg = 29 drops
40lbs 10 mg = 16 drops 20 mg = 31 drops

Drop numbers are based on HolistaPets 100% Organic CBD Oil. Always start with the smallest dose and monitor how your bunny reacts. If there are no negative side effects, and you don’t notice any improvement in your bunny’s health, then slowly increase the dose. Not straight to the strongest dose, but gradually by an extra drop.

How Do I Feed My Bunny CBD Oil?

CBD oil can have a funny taste for bunnies. Dogs and cats will generally eat the drops straight from the pipet. However, bunnies are a little fussier.

Just like you would with their vitamins, you can mix CBD oil into their pellets or water. We’ve found better success mixing our bunny’s vitamins into her pellets as a water bowl is very large and there’s no guarantee it will be finished.

Wrapping Up

From the anecdotal evidence, it seems CBD oil could be a promising treatment for neurological and aging ailments for bunnies. To date, no hard evidence exists for the use of CBD oil in bunnies. However, if you have exhausted all of your medical options with the vet, then trying CBD oil may be a safe alternative.

Be aware there are different qualities of CBD oil so do your research beforehand. Never use CBD oil as a cure-all for your bunny if they are showing any of these signs or other signs of illness. Take them to a vet first before using CBD as a cure-all treatment.