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What Is the Strongest Natural Muscle Relaxer for Dogs?

The strongest natural muscle relaxer, according to studies and expert opinions, is a massage. A massage can improve tissue elasticity and joint movement, separate and loosen muscle fibers, and relax muscle tension.

A massage can be done with or without oil. The benefit of using CBD oil for muscle massages is that the non-psychoactive extract of hemp:

Additionally, CBD can help manage age-related conditions that affect muscles, including arthritis.

In short, the strongest natural muscle relaxer for dogs is a combination of massage therapy and CBD oil or hemp extracts. But how does CBD oil compare to traditional muscle relaxants?

Below is what you need to know.

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Table of Contents

What Is the Strongest Natural Muscle Relaxer for Dogs?

Understanding CBD Oil.

Is CBD oil an Effective Muscle Relaxant?

What does CBD do for Dog Muscles?

CBD Drawbacks.

Traditional Muscle Relaxants.

Is CBD More Effective than Traditional Muscle Relaxers?


Understanding CBD Oil.

According to the International Journal of Exercise Science, CBD oil is a non-psychoactive extract of hemp. Uses for the cannabinoid include the treatment of seizures, chronic pain, and the reduction of inflammation.

 Is CBD oil an Effective Muscle Relaxant?

A study published in the National Library of Medicine claims that THC-CBD oil is effective at treating stiff and rigid muscles. the study’s focus demographic was people living with MS.

Note that THC is toxic to dogs. Additionally, a small amount of THC is enough to cause toxicity. However, CBD may counter the effects of THC.

If you intend to administer CBD oil orally or through inhalation, it is best to only use hemp extracts. Remember, the hemp plant produces below 0.3% THC.

How does CBD Oil Relax Muscles?

Hemp and cannabis plants produce beta myrcene and delta limonene. Delta limonene is a terpene that, according to research, not only relaxes muscles but also features antioxidant, anti-stress, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Myrcene is also a terpene that relaxes muscles and increases barbiturate sleeping time (has sedative quality).

When combined with cannabinoids, including CBD oil, the terpenes above have a calming effect on the mind, body, and muscles.

Because of that, the best hemp or CBD oil to use for dog muscle relaxation is full spectrum or broad-spectrum.

You may use CBD oil to treat chronic pain, muscle, and muscle spasticity for the following reasons.

  • Hemp extracts have an excellent safety profile when used topically, inhaled, or ingested.
  • Multiple studies suggest that CBD can effectively treat muscle spasticity.

Recommend adding a few drops to a massage oil of choice.

What does CBD do for Dog Muscles?

CBD and hemp extracts may hold the following benefits for muscle health.

  • Improved sleep. CBD oil has a calming and sedative quality. Additionally, there is evidence that CBD oil improves sleep quality.
  • Muscles recover during rest or sleep, meaning an improvement in either is of benefit.
  • Muscle fatigue reduction.
  •  When massaged into muscles, CBD and other cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • That makes it beneficial in relieving soreness.

You may administer CBD-based muscle relaxants to a dog without causing poisoning.

CBD Drawbacks.

CBD research is still in its infancy, and much is not known about the long-term side effects of cannabinoids on dogs. Additionally, there is evidence that at extremely high doses, CBD may cause liver toxicity.

Traditional Muscle Relaxants.

Traditional muscle relaxants “depress” the central nervous system, resulting in sedation. Muscle relaxants for humans should never be used on dogs as they can cause poisoning.

If you administer human muscle relaxants to a dog, the signs of poisoning are:

  • Pulmonary distress/difficulty breathing.
  • Seizures
  • Sedation.
  • Agitation.
  • Low heart rate.

A veterinarian may recommend methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant designed for cats and dogs. While effective at relaxing muscles, there are some concerns you should know about.

Methocarbamol may cause side effects such as:

  • Lack of coordination,
  • Sedation.
  • Weakness.
  • Lethargy.
  • Salivation.

Is CBD More Effective than Traditional Muscle Relaxers?

CBD, according to research, is an effective muscle relaxant because:

  • Cannabidiol slows the flow of chemical messengers originating in the central nervous system.
  • The messengers “force” muscles to contract if there is an inadequate supply of endocannabinoids.
  • CBD boosts the supply of endocannabinoids resulting in a reduction in spasticity and improving muscle relaxation.

Considering that traditional muscle relaxants and CBD oil work with the central nervous system, the risk of interaction is high. Consequently, it is best not to use CBD oil and muscle relaxants such as methocarbamol simultaneously.

Why do Dogs need Muscle Relaxants, and is CBD a Good Substitute?

A dog may need muscle relaxants to manage conditions including trauma, injury, sprains, or strains. Diseases such as intervertebral disc diseases and some neurological disorders may also require muscle relaxants.

We recommend using CBD oil to manage or treat injuries such as strains, sprains, and trauma. You may gently massage CBD oil to affected muscles to hasten recovery.

For the diseases mentioned above, it is best to stick to veterinary recommendations. If you intend to administer CBD oil or other supplements, consult a veterinarian first.


The combination of CBD oil or hemp extract and massage therapy creates a potent natural muscle relaxer for dogs, humans, and other animals under your care. The benefits of this approach include much more than muscle relaxation.

The dog will also get relief from muscle tension, and the combination has positive effects on stress, immunity, skin health, and the signs of aging. Additionally, hemp-derived CBD shows effectiveness in the treatment of stiff and rigid muscles, according to studies focused on multiple sclerosis.

Delta limonene and beta myrcene are amongst the over one hundred terpenes in hemp and cannabis plants that contribute to muscle relaxation and possess antioxidant, anti-stress, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other hemp compounds and chemicals has a calming effect on the mind, body, and muscles when administered orally or topically.

As medicine and a natural muscle relaxant, there is still much that researchers are unsure of, including the long-term side effects of CBD exposure to canines. We thus recommend caution when using. Stick to manufacturer instructions, prioritize veterinary guidance, and check for medication interaction.

Where to begin?


  • TY  – THES, AU  – Cruz, Candelaria, PY  – 2020/04/09, SP  – T1  – The effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Perceived Muscle Soreness, Inflammation, and Performance after Bouts of Eccentric Exercise of the Elbow Flexors VL  – ER.



David is a hemp and cannabis researcher with five years of experience in the industry.

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