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CBD for Dogs in the UK? Many dog owners give CBD their furry friends to help with certain issues. In the UK there are currently no CBD products approved for dogs. Vets are allowed to prescribe dogs with CBD designed for humans. If you want to give your dog CBD, you should consult a vet first to check they think it’s appropriate and safe.

Is it safe to give dogs CBD?

The World Health Organisation released a report in 2017 stating that CBD was safe and well-tolerated by humans and animals. However, it’s currently not legal in the UK to sell CBD specifically for dogs. If you did choose to give your dog CBD, it’s important to give them products that don’t contain THC. Not only will your dog experience unpleasant psychoactive effects, but it can also be toxic for dogs in high amounts. Some CBD companies provide their lab reports which detail the exact make-up of all of their products. It’s important to check these first as they’ll detail the exact percentage of THC that’s present. In the UK, CBD products can’t legally contain any THC.

Can I give my dog CBD made for humans?

There are currently no CBD products in the UK for pets authorised for use by vets, but vets can prescribe legal human CBD products to dogs. According to the Veterinary Medicines Regulation 2013, it’s illegal to administer a veterinary medical product to an animal unless the product has a marketing authorisation in the UK[1]. There are currently no CBD products that have been granted a UK veterinary marketing authorisation. If you give your dog CBD, you may be breaking the law.

CBD for Dogs

Why do people give dogs CBD?

If you go on many different online forums, people talk about the great effects CBD has had on their dogs. There is some science to back up these claims. In 2018 a study found that CBD can relieve pain and increase activity in dogs with arthritis[2]. Stephanie McGrath, assistant professor of neurology at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, published a study showing CBD has the potential to reduce the number of seizures epileptic dogs experience[3]

The American Kennel Club has done several studies to investigate the impact of CBD on dogs. Dr Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer for the Club, says that CBD for dogs is also used because of its cardiac benefits, anti-nausea effects and anti-inflammatory properties[4]. Anecdotal evidence suggests that people give CBD to their dogs to help with arthritis in their later years and to help with fitting for epileptic dogs. CBD has been approved for medical use for epilepsy in humans so it makes sense that this might also be the case in dogs.

What is the future of legislation surrounding CBD and dogs in the UK?

As it stands, it looks unlikely that a CBD product for dogs will be approved in the UK anytime soon. CBD laws have become stricter in the UK in recent years and there are now more laws that all CBD companies have to follow. It does not seem like the current government is going to relax the laws surrounding CBD, including when it comes to pets. No company in the UK has the legal ability to sell you CBD products for dogs so you should be wary if you see products targeted specifically at pets. It is legal in some European countries and US states.

A Summary: CBD and Dogs

In the UK, dogs should not be given CBD unless prescribed by a vet. While there is some scientific evidence to suggest it may be beneficial, no CBD products for dogs have been approved. If you have any concerns, you should discuss them with a veterinarian who may be able to help. Be wary of companies that target pets in their CBD advertising as they are likely to be breaking the law.

As a reminder.

What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an increasingly popular way for humans to manage sleep and pain problems as well as to improve their general wellbeing. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, a class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD is that it is completely natural, as long as you purchase it from a reputable company. CBD is different from THC, which is the chemical that gives the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis. In humans, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system which is involved in lots of different processes throughout the body. All mammals have endocannabinoid systems, which means that dogs have them too! For more information on our organic, water-soluble CBD, discover our Mee Drops, Mee Daily and Mee Powder.

*Disclaimer*

Mee CBD does not recommend or suggest giving CBD to dogs or any other animals in any circumstance unless prescribed by a qualified vet. For full UK legal guidance see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vmd-statement-on-veterinary-medicinal-products-containing-cannabidiol.


[1] https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/2033/regulation/8/made

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6065210/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31067185/

[4] https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/cbd-oil-dogs/

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