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CBD Oil For Dogs: Can Dogs Take It Safely And Will It Work?

CBD, aka Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid compound found in hemp.

Most people have heard of hemp but do not realise that hemp is cannabis!

The official name of hemp is Cannabis Sativa and it’s an amazing plant.

We can make clothes and rope from it. In hempcrete, we can use it as an environmentally friendly form of concrete, and it is used in the car industry to make inner panels for car doors.

It provides us with highly nutritious oil we can drink or add to cooking and delicious, protein-packed seeds, makes finer paper than that made from wood pulp, absorbs more CO2 faster than trees with a new crop being planted every 12 weeks, and cleans our soil and air of pollution!

It truly is an astounding plant that humanity should be harnessing for the good of us all.

Of course, at the moment and for a long time to come all the talk is of CBD and the other cannabinoids in hemp, such as CBG, which have interesting and very positive effects on our body.

CBD influences our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is important for homeostasis, which is the mechanism used by our body to maintain healthy function no matter what we are doing or what our external environment is demanding from us.

An example of this is that it would make us sweat to keep us cool when it is hot, or it can increase our blood pressure when we stand up from sitting so that blood will still get to our brain. The ECS balances our healthy functions and CBD appears to encourage this balancing process to work effectively.

Is It Safe To Give CBD Oil To Dogs?

There is very little research around the use of cannabis and dogs and much of it that does exist focuses on the potentially toxic effects of using “full cannabis” with dogs.

By “full cannabis” I mean the type that contains THC at levels that make it psychoactive. In other words, the kind of cannabis that gets humans high.

There is some concern that this form of cannabis may be harmful to dogs and there were two incidences of dogs eating baked goods containing cannabis and butter that caused two deaths in dogs in Colorado.

It was also reported that as cannabis use grew in Colorado so did a similar pattern of reports of dogs having eaten cannabis which had toxic effects.

For this reason, I would not advise anyone to give their dog full cannabis extracts that contain high levels of THC.

Unfortunately, information is lacking, but is becoming more readily available as more research is done.

We do know that dogs appear to have more ECS receptors in their brain and nervous system than humans do. Are there implications for this? Probably but we do need more research to gain a greater understanding of what this might mean.

The receptors in the ECS are called CB1 and CB2 and they are present in various places in dogs, much as they are in humans.

These receptors are influenced by, and interact with, CBD and the other cannabinoids like CBG that we ingest when we use a full spectrum plant extract.

CB1 receptors are found in dogs in their digestive system, their lungs, muscles, reproductive system, vascular system and brain.

CB2 receptors are found in a dog’s skin, spleen (which is important for the immune system to function effectively), lungs, bones and even in glial cells.

Glial cells are in the nervous system and are very important in the effective function of homeostasis.

We also find CB1 and CB2 receptors together in bone marrow, the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and brain stem.

Given that there is such a widespread occurrence of these receptors throughout both a dog’s and human’s body what can we infer from this?

Firstly this can be where people think CBD products are too good to be true because they appear to help so many people with all manner of problems.

I’m pleased to say that it is not too good to be true, but that is only the case if you buy a high-quality product.

Secondly, it certainly points to the simple fact that using CBD may have a widespread effect on many areas of both our and our dog’s wellbeing.

We also know that CBD does not appear to have the toxic effects that may occur when using THC, but I have seen evidence that suggests animals can be very sensitive to CBD meaning any recommended CBD dosage is likely to be lower than advised for humans.

Because there is so little research we cannot be certain what is happening and whilst the anecdotal evidence from people who have used CBD to help their dogs appears to be very positive and exciting I would urge caution, especially when starting out.

Because dogs have so many receptors they are likely to be very sensitive to cannabinoids so please start them on a low dose and see how they do.

It is easy enough to increase the dose if you think nothing is happening.

There is also no harm in talking to your vet about this though do be aware that, much like many GPs, unless they have a particular interest in cannabis and CBD it is unlikely they have much knowledge because their training has never really touched upon cannabis or the ECS.

In fact, you may well be better informed than them!

That being said I have heard of some vets being very positive and actively encouraging people to give CBD a go for their pets.

Is It Legal To Use CBD Oil For Dogs?

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) considers CBD to be a medicine.

They do this because it fulfils the following criteria in the Veterinary Medicines Regulations:

“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.”

I find this interesting because the above definition could be applied to eating food.

Eating the right or wrong balance of foods most definitely modifies our physiological function and this can be applied to animals too.

Therefore, food is your medicine and be sure you are giving both you and your dog good medicine.

Sadly most people feed their dogs the equivalent of a pot noodle all the time. Highly processed dried foods that come labelled with nonsense such as ‘scientific’ to make them appear better than they actually are, or tins of trashy mush that haven’t seen a real piece of meat or whole food in a long process of removing all the goodness but adding in profit.

Please give your dog real food, not processed rubbish.

For humans, CBD is currently classed as a food supplement in the UK, which seems reasonable because hemp/cannabis has been consumed by humans as a food for millennia.

As usual in the world of cannabis, we have to read between the lines to see what is going on and the above VMR definition by the regulators is simply being used to force CBD away from being an option for animals.

The vets want you to buy their pharmaceutical drugs with their potential side effects and, more often than not, suppressant actions on a body’s normal attempts to create a healthy response to a problem.

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A simple example of this is the use of anti-inflammatory medication when your dog has an injury with no acknowledgement that inflammation is an acute healing response designed to fix the injury.

I do not wish to do a disservice to the many caring vets out there who have a genuine interest in natural healing and health in general. Still, I’m afraid that the current law and definition of CBD are designed to protect profits.

By classifying CBD for animals as medicine it means there is an extremely expensive process required to get a medical license and currently there are no such licensed CBD products in the UK.

And any CBD product you come across that is labelled for pets or for animals is actually breaking the law at the moment.

Vets are allowed to prescribe legal ‘human’ CBD as part of their protocols but they consider administering unauthorised CBD an offence under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.

In practice, you can speak with your vet and they may be interested in trying CBD with your dog. Theoretically, if you do not have your vet’s permission you could be prosecuted for giving your dog CBD.

I have yet to hear of this actually happening but it is possible so please do your best to get your vet working with you.

However, you are free to give anything you want to your dog, so above all else, you should educate yourself on cannabinoids, CBD and how they react with animals, particularly dogs.

This is especially true if your dog is already taking some form of prescribed medication.

What Conditions Can CBD Oil Treat In Dogs?

Many humans use CBD because they are looking for relief from pain and this is the same for dogs.

Anecdotally there are lots of reports of dogs being given CBD and suddenly becoming more like ‘their old selves’.

I’ve even heard it reported that an old dog came back into season after using CBD for a couple of months!

There are also research papers about CBD’s potential for treating cancer. It appears to have anti-cancer properties but it is important to note that the vast majority of this research has taken place in labs rather than in real people or dogs so much more work has to be done in this area before conclusions can be drawn.

Fortunately, for most dogs most of the time CBD has a good safety profile so is a low-risk option that may be worth trying for all manner of problems.

We know that a dog has more receptors for cannabinoids than humans so they may respond even better than humans do when taking CBD.

What Dose Of CBD Should I Give To My Dog?

A dose of 0.1 to 2mg per kilo twice a day appears to be the suggested amount, so if your dog weighs 10kg you will give it between 1 and 20mgs of CBD twice a day.

I would suggest you start with a lower dose and work upwards which is different to what I recommend for humans.

For a human dose, I generally suggest people start with a lower to middle strength dose because if you start too low and nothing happens there is a temptation to think that CBD does not work for you, when it may simply be that you need to take a little more to start with.

This also has the added benefit of giving you three directions to go in when you see changes – stay on the same dose, increase it or lower it.

However, because your dog cannot tell you how it is feeling, I would urge great caution.

Start low and slowly increase so you can keep a close eye on how it is responding. This process is also safer if you have got your vet’s consent too because you then have the safety net of an expert to help if you feel there is a problem.

At CBD One we tell you exactly how many mg of CBD are in each drop of our CBD oils so it is pretty easy to work out how much to give your dog.

IMPORTANTLY, FOR MOST DOGS MOST OF THE TIME CBD HAS A GOOD SAFETY PROFILE SO IS A LOW-RISK OPTION THAT A VET MAY DECIDE IS WORTH TRYING IN A VARIETY OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

Does CBD Interact With My Dog’s Medication?

The short answer is yes – CBD may well interact with your dog’s medication so please check this with your vet.

Information is difficult to come by but CBD appears to inhibit the action of an enzyme called cytochrome p450. This enzyme helps to remove medication from your body via the liver so if it is not working effectively there is a theoretical risk of an overdose.

In humans, it is easy to spot if CBD interacts with medication via what I call the grapefruit juice rule.

In summary, if your medication says words to the effect of “Do not drink grapefruit juice when on this medication” you can lift out the words grapefruit juice and replace them with ‘CBD’ so the rule would be “Do not drink CBD when on this medication.”

For obvious reasons we do not tend to see dogs being given grapefruit juice so you need to look carefully at the medication leaflet that comes from your vet, or better still, just ask your vet.

Whilst cases of overdose via this route are almost unheard of it can happen and can be fatal which is another reason to try to get your dog’s health professional on board if you are going to try CBD.

How To Use CBD Oil For Dogs

Administering CBD to your dog is no different to that for humans with a minor tweak.

Firstly, you are unlikely to get your dog to hold the CBD oil under its tongue for a couple of minutes which is what we have to do.

So this means using the oil will be relatively inefficient. That being said I have seen some amazing reports from customers who have given their dogs oil, so whilst it may be inefficient it does not mean it will not work. I suspect this is because dogs are so sensitive to CBD that even a small amount will help them.

We now do a wonderful new product called Hatcha which is milled cannabis and comes in a powdered form. This product is like taking a bite out of the whole plant. You can sprinkle this on your dog’s food. Half a teaspoon is plenty. Start with one dose a day and monitor progress before increasing to two or three times a day.

The fastest and most bioavailable (how much of a substance you absorb when you take it) product to use is any of our water-soluble products which can be put straight in their mouth with no worry about them having to keep it under their tongue.

The Absorb range can also be added to their drinking water so that they get a steady release of CBD across the day as they drink from their water bowl.

In summary, CBD may well be a very useful supplement for your dog but follow this basic set of rules:

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What exactly is CBD oil?

CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds found in the hemp plant. According to AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Jerry Klein , CBD contains little to no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound found in cannabis plants and the reason why you experience psychoactive effects when you smoke it. Many people get CBD and THC mixed up but the truth is, CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and not from marijuana itself.

What are the effects of CBD on dogs?

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any studies done on the effects of CBD on dogs. What researchers do know however, is that the cannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoid system in our central and peripheral systems. Combined, the effects maintain balance in the body.

There are currently no CBD products in the UK that have been authorized for use in animals as an official medicine. CBD oil has not been approved by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate or Food Standards Agency. If you are considering trying CBD oil for your dog or pets, speak to a vet first. As of 2022, legally, only your vet can prescribe a legal human CBD product for your pet.

However, based on anecdotal evidence, many users in the UK have been trying their own choice of CBD oil products for their dogs and pets with good success. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best rated CBD oil products in the UK today. Please note the brands listed below do not market their CBD products for dogs or pets – so customers buying will have to use at their own discretion.

Best CBD Oil for Dogs – The UK’s Top 4 Products of 2022

1. Blessed CBD

This is a UK-based brand that is not only family run, but also responsible for some of the most potent CBD oil on the market. In fact, Blessed CBD’s products range from 500mg and can go up to 1800mg. As a result, many people use this product as a form of stress and chronic pain reliever.

Blessed CBD’s products are also of the highest quality possible thanks to the fact that they use organic hemp on top of using the CO2 extraction process to obtain their oil. This means it’s as pure as it gets. Because Blessed CBD’s products are full-spectrum CBD oil, they contain a strong terpene profile along with other cannabinoids like CBDA and CBG that help users get the entourage effect.

Blessed CBD also uses third-party labs in order to test their products to prove to their customers that they are just as good as they say. The results of these tests are available on the brand’s website, along with dozens of positive customer reviews.

Blessed CBD is certainly the top choice when looking for a CBD product thanks to how pure their products are as well as the impressive strength they contain. If you want the best, highest quality CBD oil in the UK, go with Blessed CBD.

2. Vibes CBD

Unlike Blessed CBD, Vibes CBD is a new brand but is also based in the UK. Because the company is new, their operation is much smaller. However, this isn’t to say that their products don’t live up to their competitors.

Vibes CBD is already off to a great start with their products, which use oil extracted via the supercritical CO2 extraction process. The oil is also heavily regulated to make sure that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers to it as well as being non-GMO with absolutely no additives in it.

In terms of products, Vibes CBD has a small selection of options. However, their products come in a variety of strengths as well as selling their broad-spectrum CBD in tinctures and even capsules. In terms of strengths, the products start at 1000mg and go to 2000 mg, which may be intense for some but perfect for those in pain.

Because they are a small company, Vibes CBD tends to sell out of their products a lot. However, you can always sign up to be on their waiting list.

3. Endoca Raw

If you’re a fan of vegan and organic products, then Endoca Raw is right for you. They are a vegan and gluten-free brand that uses a CO2 extraction process to get the CBD from the hemp, which means the oil is as pure as it gets.

If you’re not a fan of the tinctures, Endoca Raw also has capsules available, which may be a good option for people who don’t like the taste of CBD. Because Endoca’s products are so pure, they tend to taste a bit pungent compared to other CBD products.

Endoca’s industrial hemp is sourced from Colorado, one of the best places to grow and produce hemp oil. They also offer a variety of carrier oil options ranging from hemp seed oil to coconut oil. Older dogs are usually less picky with the carrier oil, but you might also want to look into flavoured CBD oil drops or edibles if your pet is fussy with food.

4. Select CBD

Select CBD is an American brand that has recently started shipping to the UK. This brand also uses the CO2 extraction process to make sure the oil they extract is in its purest form. Those who aren’t a fan of THC in any amounts will also be glad to know that Select CBD’s products contain absolutely no traces of THC in them.

Select CBD uses third-party labs to have their products tested and the results of the tests are available online. They also include certificates so that you know exactly what you are getting yourself into.

If you’re a fan of flavored-CBD products, you’re in luck. Select CBD offers a large variety of flavors for their products which also come in many different strengths. Those who prefer to ingest CBD via oil will be pleasantly surprised as the taste won’t be as strong as it is with other brands.

One of the only downsides of Select CBD’s products is that they come from the US, so if you live in any other part of the world it may take some time before you get your delivery. Otherwise, Select CBD is a great choice when choosing a brand of CBD for your furry friend.

How may CBD help treat health problems in dogs?

Although there isn’t any proven research that CBD has any proven health benefits or anti-inflammatory properties in dogs, there have been instances where owners did give their dogs CBD and saw positive results in them. In fact, some people even claimed that CBD helped manage their dogs’ seizures, loss of appetite, osteoarthritis, separation anxiety and pain relief.

The use of CBD has risen to popularity in the UK because of the fact that it may help relieve symptoms caused by inflammation, heart conditions, and cancer. CBD can also be used to help with anxiety and stress while also helping stimulate appetite and preventing nausea.

Because of the benefits of CBD, in the United States, the AKC has decided to join forces with Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to perform a study to see whether dogs with epilepsy may benefit from CBD. In the USA, the FDA has also allowed the sale of CBD products for dogs. The use of CBD on dogs is also increasing in popularity in other markets, such as the Netherlands .

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Can CBD have negative effects on my dog?

Again, there hasn’t been any clinical trials or research done on CBD and the effects that it has on dogs. As a result, there is no way to know whether or not CBD will have any negative effects on dogs. However, based on the side effects of CBD on humans, we can conclude that dogs may suffer from similar issues.

For example, CBD has been known to cause dry mouth in humans and could potentially have the same effect on dogs. If this is the case, dogs could end up suffering from extreme thirst. CBD can also reduce blood pressure in humans thus causing dizziness. Again, this could also be the case with dogs. People with anxiety use CBD to manage their symptoms. However, this could result in a feeling of lightheadedness and even drowsiness. If you give your dog CBD, chances are they could also undergo these side effects.

Because of the lack of research there is on CBD pet products and the effects it will have on dogs, no one can really say whether or not it would affect dogs negatively. This also means that experts aren’t sure about what amount of CBD would be too much for dogs.

If you’re a dog owner and plan on giving your dog CBD, be sure to start out with the smallest dose possible before moving up and always go with a high-quality CBD brand. For extra precaution, be sure to talk to your dog’s veterinarian first before you give your pet CBD.

What to look out for when buying CBD for dogs

If you can, try and get your dog or pet a CBD product that is organic. Organic CBD has less of a chance of having pesticides, solvents and chemicals in it that may not be good for your dog. Unfortunately, the cheaper brands of CBD tend to have more chemicals in them than the more expensive brands.

Many CBD companies will provide the consumer with a lab report containing the ingredients of their products. These reports will also be able to tell you whether or not the CBD you are using contains THC. In order for CBD to be sold legally, it must contain less than a certain amount of THC in it (0.2%) and be sold as a food supplement. But when it comes to CBD hemp oil for dogs, you may want to look for a product that contains no THC in it at all.

Remember, cannabis oil – which contains very high contents of THC – is still illegal in the UK.

CBD is sold in many forms, including CBD dog treats. However, it can be easier for dosing if you use a CBD oil dropper instead as these allow you to control the doses of CBD.

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CBD for Pets UK

CBD for Pets (including Cats & Dogs) in the UK is a strange one and buying Pet CBD isn’t as straight forward as you would expect.

CBD companies are not allowed to sell CBD products designed specifically for Pets, however, under the regulations of the VMD (Vetinary Medicines Directorate), vets are allowed to prescribe “human” CBD products to animals? These are normally off the shelf, non-prescription CBD oils to add to a pet’s food.

Obviously the vet would recommend how much to give the animal based on the size of the animal. They also recommend using THC free products as THC can have adverse effects on cats and dogs. Dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to THC and can suffer from what vets describe as “marijuana poisoning”.

For this reason, “Broad Spectrum” and “Isolate” type oils are used as they contain zero THC.

We are even allowed to add pictures of animals to our product labels but not allowed to label the products “for Pets”. We do not do this to avoid any confusion but many companies actually do. Even though these products are just normal CBD oils etc designed for human consumption.

The VMD class CBD as a “veterinary medicine”. Crazy how UK CBD sellers aren’t allowed to make any medical claims and can only sell CBD as a “food Supplement”, yet vets class it as a medicine? Welcome to the crazy world of CBD.

The internet is full of pages and groups created by pet owners who use CBD to help their pets. Often telling stories of the great results they have had with CBD and their pets. As CBD-UK abide by all the rules and regulations of the VMD, the MHRA and the FSA, we are not allowed to recommend any specific products for pets. Hopefully in the near future, this will change and we will be able to promote our Broad Spectrum oils for use with animals.

Below is the VMD statement on veterinary medicinal products containing Cannabidiol:

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.

Using human CBD products to treat animals

As there are currently no CBD products authorised in the UK for veterinary use, a veterinary surgeon may prescribe a legally obtained human CBD product under the provisions of the prescribing cascade. Administration of an unauthorised product containing CBD without a veterinary prescription is an offence under Regulation 8 of the VMR. Companies supplying CBD products for human use in line with the requirements of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency must not indicate or recommend their products for use on animals.

Our next steps (VMD)

We will be writing to UK CBD suppliers and manufacturers to inform them of our decision and to ensure products containing CBD satisfy the requirements of the VMR. We will continue to provide regulatory guidance to any company wishing to apply for a marketing authorisation.

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Please note: CBD UK do not recommend purchasing any CBD products unless recommended or prescribed by a qualified VMD Approved Veterinary Surgeon. We understand customers do give their animals CBD to try and help them with all kinds of problems and we often get asked about giving pets CBD. We are not and do not pretend to be Vets and we are not qualified to offer advice on giving animals CBD.