A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CBD HEMP OIL FOR DOGS AND PETS IN THE UK!

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO CBD HEMP OIL FOR DOGS AND PETS IN THE UK!

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CBD Oil Is Everywhere, And Seemingly In Everything.

As research continues to emerge from pet owners and vets from around the world, including (WHO) The World Health Organisation, CBD oil is starting to be recognised for its potential benefits for dogs. 

However, there is a large amount of public confusion with regards to CBD hemp oil for dogs including the UK Law, the growth of fake CBD products and lack of regulation has left many dog owners questioning the legitimacy of what exactly CBD oil can do for our pets. 

Hello Hemp aims to educate the general public in the UK with this complete guide to CBD oil for dogs, as the world moves closer to complete UK Regulation for both human CBD & CBD for your pets, we want you know absolutely everything there is to offer about CBD for Dogs, so both you and your pet can reap the same health benefits of CBD. 

UNDERSTANDING CBD HEMP OIL FOR DOGS AND PETS IN THE UK

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We need to set the record straight and point out the law here in the UK with regards to CBD hemp oil for dogs as there is so much confusing information on the internet. The UK law states that CBD oil ‘ADVERTISED/MARKETED’ towards dogs is illegal, this means any CBD oil advertised or marketed in the UK via a website online or in your local shop etc.. is breaking the law! We understand the main reason behind the UK having such a silly law in place at the min is to protect our beloved pets from owners giving them the wrong CBD dosages, poor quality fake CBD oil and the fact they now class CBD oil as a medication due to its potential health benefits for animals and any medication needs to be recommended/prescribed from a vet. The VMD (Veterinary Medicines Directorate – a government agency who control safety and quality of veterinary medicines now) class CBD as a medicine due to the fact (WHO) The World Health organisation are currently doing tests on animals showing results of CBD oil actually working and having positive effects on animals for epilepsy and chronic pain relief, with this in mind the VMD can no longer ignore the fact that CBD oil now has some positive effects on animals and have taken a stance until they have more information on the health benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

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THE LAW - UK GOVERNMENT EXPLANATION ABOUT SELLING CBD OIL FOR DOGS IN THE UK

AN EXTRACT FROM THE VMD & UK GOVERNMENT

Veterinary Medicinal Products Containing Cannabidiol

We consider that veterinary products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are veterinary medicines and should be regulated as such. We have made this decision on the basis that products containing CBD fulfil the following definition of a veterinary medicine in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR) by virtue of the effects they have: any substance or combination of substances that may be used in, or administered to, animals with a view either to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or to making a medical diagnosis.

Marketing Authorisation Requirement For CBD Products

CBD products for use in animals therefore now require a marketing authorisation before they can be sold or supplied in the UK. There are currently NO CBD based products that have been granted a UK veterinary marketing authorisation.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECT TO THE UK.GOV WEBSITE TO READ THE FULL EXPLANATION FROM THE VMD AND UK GOVERNMENT

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WHAT DOES THE VET SAY ABOUT CBD HEMP OIL FOR DOGS?

Gary Richter from Ultimate Pet Nutrition who is a fully qualified vet based in California, says he gets asked about treating pets with CBD every day. It has “a lot of beneficial medical properties” for dogs, he says. “I’ve seen animals that have fewer seizures,” as well as improvements mitigating separation anxiety, aches and pains and gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhoea. “What it doesn’t do, which is unfortunately what everyone wants it to do, is fix everything.”

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? WILL I GET IN TROUBLE IF I BUY CBD OIL AND GIVE IT TO MY DOG?

NO – This UK law is about companies selling and marketing CBD oil towards animals because CBD is not a regulated industry within the UK yet and with so many poor-quality fake CBD oils for dogs on the market in the UK, the VMD have taken a stance to try and control this until they can bring in some regulations. In the mean-time it is fully OK for you to find out more information about quality lab tested and certified CBD oil and speak directly with your local vet to discuss the possibilities of giving CBD oil to your dog – ONLY upon speaking direct with your vet should you consider giving any medication or supplement to your dog.

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WHY SHOULD WE BE THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN ENJOY THE HUGE RANGE OF BENEFITS OF CBD OIL?

The law in America and other countries is not the same as in the UK and as you can see these countries have many specialists in animal welfare that have been conducting their own privately funded studies/tests and show some incredible results. CBD oil for pets is a massive business in America and accounts for nearly 1/3 of the CBD sales (do you really think this would be able to happen if they thought it would be harmful to our beloved dogs? – we don’t!!).

HOW DOES CBD OIL WORK FOR DOGS?

We know one of the most difficult parts of owning a dog is seeing your furry friend in pain or distress. Dogs can suffer many of the same ailments as humans, including anxiety, arthritis, cancer, and epilepsy, as well as sleep problems. Your dog and you share the same endogenous cannabinoid system allowing CBD Oil to have just as good effect on your dog as it would for you! CBD oil works by supplementing your dog’s endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for regulating your dog’s mood, pain levels, inflammation, appetite, immunity, sleep cycle, and more! CBD Oil targets receptors located in the dogs brain, organs, central nervous system and immune cells that provide a possible HUGE range of benefits making it perfect for our furry friends!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD OIL FOR DOGS & HUMAN CBD?

CBD for humans and for animals is exactly the same quality CBD hemp oil with the main difference being the label on the front of the packaging (Human CBD having a picture of a person on the front and the Dog CBD having an animal picture on the front), the other differences being the strengths of the CBD oil ranging from 100mg right up to 2000mg+ and sometimes additional additives and flavourings have been added to make the CBD oil more palatable for your animal.

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FULL SPECTRUM CBD HEMP OIL FOR DOGS AND THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT

Full spectrum CBD hemp oil is when you have all the major cannabinoids present in the oil (The Cannabis plant is made up of over 100+ cannabinoids and having more present in the CBD oil brings in more benefits it can help produce). These cannabinoids give each other a helping hand as a single version of CBD can have a hard time passing the blood brain barrier for absorption, and the effects will be shunted, this happens as CBD relies on some of the other cannabinoids to help it pass through where it can interact with the receptors – We call this the ENTOURAGE EFFECT and this synergy of working together magnifies the CBD oil potency. There is 4 kinds of CBD oil on the market in the UK at the min (1) FULL SPECTRUM CBD OIL – this is made with the whole plant and includes everything you would want from a natural supplement, (2) 99%+ CBD ISOLATE OIL – this is made using just the CBD cannabinoid and doesn’t contain any other cannabinoid, (3) HEMP SEED OIL – this is made using ONLY cold pressed hemp seeds and contains NO CBD or any other major cannabinoids and is just like taking olive oil, (4) CHEAP FAKE CBD OIL – this can be spotted a mile away as it is normally very cheap and doesn’t come with any certification.

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CBD, THC, HEMP, MARIJUANA AND CANNABIS WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?

Both Hemp and Marijuana are species of Cannabis plants, and while they have the same Cannabinoids, they have them in very different ratios. Hemp contains very low amounts of THC, whereas Marijuana contains a lot of it. High levels of THC result in the Stoned/High feeling normally associated with Cannabis/Marijuana. Hemp is already naturally low in THC, and we can reduce it even more with basic farming practices giving us Industrial Hemp.  Marijuana has around 20-30%+ THC vs. Industrial Hemp 0.01-0.2% THC. That means Marijuana has one hundred to a thousand times more THC than Industrial Hemp, and this makes all the difference.

FUN CBD FACTS: You don’t have to worry as the UK states CBD Cannabis oil can contain no more than 0.2% THC levels. In fact, that tiny little bit of THC actually contributes to some big therapeutic CBD oil benefits, especially for epilepsy in dogs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CBD OIL FOR DOGS

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF USING CBD OIL?

Like with any medication or supplement, there is always a risk of a reaction. It is always advisable to check with your local vet first before giving anything to your beloved furry friend. Below is a list of the most common questions pet owners ask about giving CBD oil to their dog, this information has come backed up by vets from across the globe who are fully qualified to speak on this matter (we have provided the direct links to the information source either directly next to the text or at the foot of this page)

IS CBD OIL SAFE FOR DOGS?

YES! CBD is a natural substance that works with the body and is very safe! This being said some dogs do not react very well to CBD oil and could suffer from symptoms similar to allergic reactions. If your dog reacts poorly to CBD you should seek assistance from your local vet immediately.

WILL CBD OIL GET MY DOG HIGH?

NO! CBD contains less than 0.02% THC which is the compound that gives you the psychoactive effect and feeling of being stoned/high. CBD extracted from the hemp plant will always have very small trace amounts of THC but because they are so little it has no harmful stoned/high effects on your dog.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS USING CBD OIL FOR DOGS?

  • DRY MOUTH
  • DROWSINESS
  • VOMITING
  • DIARRHEA
  • ITCHING
  • DIZZINESS

HOW MUCH CBD OIL SHOULD I GIVE MY DOG?

The amount of CBD you should give your dog depends on a few different aspects such as how big your dog is, how old your dog is, what you are using CBD oil to treat, and ultimately what is recommended by your local vet.

WHAT BENEFITS MIGHT CBD OIL HELP MY DOG WITH?

There are lots positive effects shouted about all over the intent with regards to the effectiveness of CBD oil and many of these have been studied in recent years proven to be true, some, however, are still being tested and are not fully discovered yet.

These CBD oil benefits may include things like: Seizure Reduction – Chronic Pain Relief – Arthritis – Anxiety (including Separation Anxiety) – Just to name some of the more common ones.

HOW LONG BEFORE CBD OIL WILL START TO SHOW SIGNS OF WORKING?

A good quality certified CBD oil usually takes anywhere from 5-30 min to start working on dogs, If you see no change after a half hour you can try giving them another recommended dosage as discussed with your vet. 

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GIVE MY DOG CBD OIL?

This depends entirely on the type of CBD product you are using and also your dog – CBD Treats (CBD Edibles) can be given straight to the animal to eat at leisure and you have to trust the dosage calculations on the manufacturers packaging or CBD oil tinctures which you can administer directly to the dog’s mouth with the CBD dosages recommended by your local vet.

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GIVING YOUR DOG CBD HEMP OIL

WHAT TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR LOCAL VET IF YOU ARE THINKING OF GIVING YOUR DOG CBD HEMP OIL​.

If you and your vet decide that you should try CBD oil as a treatment for your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking to buy CBD oil. Not all CBD oils are the same; you’ll want a proven high-quality certified CBD oil to have a better chance of it working.

100% NATURAL – The CBD oil should be natural and not contain any pesticides, fungicides, or harmful solvents.

DON’T PRICE SHOP – The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. You don’t want to go for a cheaper option that could be fake and even harmful to your dog.

LABORATORY TEST CERTIFICATES – The manufacturer should provide a certificate that tells you the amount of CBD that is in the product. Many CBD products contain only small amounts of CBD if any at all. 

BUY CBD AS A LIQUID V CBD TREATS – You can buy dog treats containing CBD (CBD Edibles), but the best form to administer CBD is using an oil tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s CBD dosages drop by drop as advised by your local vet.

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American Company – Austin & Kat have decided to take the VMD on and fight to allow CBD for use with pets in the UK. They have written to the VMD asking for clarification on their decision process and have started preparing for a legal challenge. This petition asks why the VMD’s decision doesn’t help pets – instead it only ends up hurting them. All they are asking for is to have an evidence based decision and allow regulated/certified CBD oil for pets in the UK. Please sign the petition and tell your fellow pet owners and friends.

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CBD OIL FOR DOGS - RESOURCES

Still Looking For More Information On CBD Oil For Dogs, Cats And Other Pets? 
There are thousands of studies that have already been conducted about all the benefits of CBD for your Dogs & Cats, and many more are being conducted as you read this! 
As the UK leans towards CBD regulation, Its time for you to educate yourself & discover even more about the true powers of CBD for your pets:

CBD FOR DOGS RESOURCE 1: Healthline.com – Treating Your Dog With CBD Oil

CBD FOR DOGS RESOURCE 2: US National Library Of Medicine – Pharmacokinetics Of Cannabidiol In Dogs

CBD FOR DOGS RESOURCE 3: Research.net – Using Cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) in Dog Training and Behaviour Work

CBD FOR DOGS RESOURCE 4: Ahvma.org – Consumers Perceptions Of Hemp Products For Animals

CBD FOR DOGS RESOURCE 5: Frontiers In Veterinary Science – Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs