Horses CBD oil? No, you’re not crazy.Reading Time: 3 minutes
Horses CBD oil? No, you’re not crazy.
Over the past couple of years, there has been a growing trend of cannabis and its subproducts have been integrated into treatments, diets and the daily life of different species to help with different aspects.
One of the most important things, is understanding these metabolites, where they come from, and why they cause the positive effects that they do.
You’re not going to get your horse ‘high’
Hemp and marijuana are not the same thing, so what are the issue with Horses CBD oil?
Both of these are different strains that come from the Cannabis sativa species. Let’s talk about neutraceuticals.
These are basically substances that can improve health or provide health benefits and are implemented into food. Hemp is being used as a neutraceutical in different diets for humans and horses as well. Marijuana is used for other purposes, and it has higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinoil) and this is the component that makes users feel ‘high’. Hemp has very low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD.
What is CBD?
This component is also extracted from hemp just like THC, but it doesn’t have a psychoactive effect.
It has been shown that CBD can relieve pain, inflammation or stress because it has the ability to suppress pain signals, it helps the immune system and improves the efficiency of biochemical processes in the body.
CBD oil has even been used in the treatment of ulcers, laminitis and colic. It is known that horses are highly anxious animals and have a very sensitive fight or flight response that can be easily set off.
CBD oil can reduce anxiety and aid in treatment for different conditions such as separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and trailering problems.
Oil form of CBD, which contains Omega-3 fatty acids, is used and is very beneficial for the nervous system as it decreases stress, improves horse learning abilities and helps drive off stereotypic behavior.
Should I give my horses CBD oil?
It is very important to have your veterinarian’s approval before giving CBD oil, or any substances to your horse. Just to verify that your horses and CBD oils goes along.
There have not been enough clinical trials done to be completely sure that the effects are the same as in humans and that will not cause harm in the horse.
However, equestrians with years of experience have testimonials and use the product, as they have had good experiences.
Richard Nash (CEO of Centaur Health) strongly supports the use of CBD oil in horses and says that they can be used without causing stomach issues, in contrast to other medicines used for injuries.
There are some states where it is illegal to give a racehorse CBD oil so precautions must be taken to avoid being disqualified from a competition.
This lies on the fact that even though it is mandatory for CBD products to have less than 0.3 % of THC.
There might be a lack of regulation and some products might contain a higher percentage and might cause psychoactive effects in