Information for vets

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

The VMD considers products containing Cannabidiol to be veterinary medicines. As there are currently no CBD products in the UK that have a marketing authorisation for animal use, a veterinary surgeon can instead legally prescribe a human CBD product under the provisions of the cascade. 

Hemp-derived cannabidiol or CBD has been declared by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee as safe and well tolerated in humans and animals, with no association for abuse or drug dependence.

Retail sale of low THC or THC free products have been specifically permitted by the Home Office and MHRA since 2016, on the basis that no medical claims are made by the manufacturers. aróc organics contain less than 1mg per unit (0.2% w/v) THC.

CBD oil is not Marijuana. Though they come from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa, hemp and CBD products contain less than 0.2% THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. CBD cannot get you high.

Your clients and patients

aróc organics is founded and run by a MRCVS veterinarian, with consultation from a pharmacist. In a recent survey, 93% vets reported an increase in clients seeking advise on CBD products. Pet owners may attend your practice looking to use CBD for a number of ailments. This can range from noise phobia or separation anxiety to pain management or epilepsy.

Medical claims cannot be made for CBD, however your professional experience is entirely valid and can be communicated to your clients and patients.

Dose guidelines

There are different strengths of CBD oil products, from 1% to 20% on the market. Using safety and efficacy studies from the veterinary school at Cornell University and a 2020 canine study published in the Pain journal, we have determined strength and dose guidelines. These are found on our online prescription form. 

Compliance and testing

Compliance is built into our day to day activities. All CBD products are tested twice; by independent Swiss and UK labs to ensure they contain less than 0.2% THC and a certified amount of CBD.

Vets can download our online prescription form here. MRCVS number will be checked against the register. As with any written prescription, please ask clients to email this prescription to us. Shipping takes 2-3 working days.

Alternatively, we supply veterinary practices with our human CBD product. Please get in touch to discuss multiple orders.

This information is current as of 2020, the law changes periodically with regard to CBD products and veterinary professionals should ensure they are aware of new guidance.

Last updated June 2020.