CBD popularity in recent years is skyrocketing, which is not strange since people are more aware of its benefits. Throughout the world, people use various forms of CBD for pets.
However, not every country in the world has the same laws and legislation. When it comes to Europe, CBD is legal in the majority of its countries, but still, every country has its specific regulations.
The basic facts on CBD effects on pets and humans
The very first thing you should know about CBD is that it is neither psychoactive nor toxic. THC is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis that leads to euphoria and ecstatic state of mind, and CBD is entirely different.
CBD oil has therapeutic characteristics, and it is safe to use for both humans and pets. On top of that, it is useful in fighting symptoms of various diseases. It is an excellent treatment for mental illnesses such as anxiety. At the same time, it reduces pain and inflammation, and fights arthritis very successfully.
Finally, since CBD regulates the overall well-being, it can also fix digestive issues. If you wonder how CBD can be helpful for both humans and pets, the reason lies in the fact that all mammals have the same endocannabinoid system. As a result, there is no difference in the effect of CBD on humans and pets.
CBD, pets, pet owners, and veterinarians
Nowadays, both pet owners and veterinarians (a large number of them) are aware of the fact that CBD can fix mental and physical issues that conventional medications can’t. The only thing people have to wait for, especially vets, is the official legislation regarding CBD products and their effects.
However, the situation is not the same in every part of the world when it comes to law. Fortunately, the CBD trend is going upwards, and California will soon acquire the law that allows qualified veterinarians to recommend CBD products to pet owners officially.
However, even the lack of legal authority in recent years did not stop pet owners from getting the necessary products to help their pets. Many of them became aware of the positive effects of CBD on their pets.
The legal status of CBD in Europe
CBD is legal in the majority of European countries. The European Food Safety Authority declares CBD as a novel food. Such a definition opened the door for CBD products to enter European countries and markets.
The European Union also allows the consumption and possession of CBD products since there are no health risks. However, be aware that every country within the EU has its own regulation of CBD within its boundaries. Hence, wherever you decide to travel, don’t forget to check the specific laws of a particular country on CBD and its products. Also, you should always read the label on the bottle to see if it contains more than 0.2% of THC concentration.
Some countries within the European Union allow limitations to 0.5%, while some don’t tolerate THC at all. Before making the purchase, always read the law of a country you visit (or live in) and follow the instructions regarding THC concentration.
Public consumption – yes or no?
In Europe, some countries allow only private consumption of CBD products, and you should be aware of that fact. The classification of the CBD product is essential – you need to know if it is a medicine or food supplement in order to recognize the law that is related to it.
Finally, regardless of which European country you plan to visit, it is always recommended to purchase CBD products from official and licensed stores. Always ask for a Certificate of Analysis before purchasing.
Pets health insurance in Europe
Health insurance for pets is almost mandatory in many European counties. Sweden was the first country to develop the health insurance policy, and it happened two centuries ago in 1890. According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, only a small percent (around 3%) of American pet owners carry insurance for their pets, while 80% of Swedish pet owners have it.
Medical cannabis and CBD has also become a part of pet health insurance in Europe. The rise of CBD pet medications and products affected it, and we can soon expect new changes and corrections in official EU law on CBD.