CBD Oil for Horses
Horse people have a language all their own. This language — which sounds like a foreign tongue to the uninitiated — is what horse people use to describe the intricate details of the horse’s body. Nature made them to be virtual running machines that can reach speeds of nearly 65 km per hour. The equine body is an impeccably designed combination of muscle and bone in an elegant and graceful package….. But the fact is that they are “just” a mammal like many other animals and they too have an endocannabinoid system. This is why your horse can enjoy the benefits of CBD oil as well as we humans can.
What are the benefits of CBD oil for horses?
Some research has shown us that CBD has a very wide range of medicinal potential that can help both humans and animals deal with a really broad spectrum of symptoms.
When CBD enters the body, its effects are mitigated by the endocannabinoid system, a physiological system that occurs naturally in all mammals.
This system is made up of a variety of receptors and neurological pathways.
Until more research concludes the benefits of CBD oil for horses, anecdotal responses are highly favourable. From first-hand accounts of horse owners, hemp-derived CBD appears to stimulate the horse’s ECS in the same way it does ours. It is well-tolerated, without any euphoric or adverse effects. Specific health conditions that CBD may improve, based on currently available studies with humans and laboratory animals, include:
- Pain from arthritis or laminitis
- Anxiety during stall confinement
- Stress during travelling and shows
- Ulcers and leaky gut
- Healing from surgery or injury
- Immune system depression from oxidative stress experienced with Cushing’s disease
- Appetite regulation
- Inflammation, with the potential to reduce leptin levels
- Insulin resistance
Are there any side effects using CBD oil for your horse?
If you give too much CBD to your horse, it can have some mild side effects. These can include:
- Decreased blood pressure,
If your animal experience any of these symptoms, you can cut back on the dosage. Long-term use appears to be safe, though further research is needed.
Noteworthy: Until we know more, CBD should not be given to pregnant horses. Consult your veterinarian before giving it to a pregnant animal, as the risks compared to the relief should be weighed properly.
What to consider when buying CBD Oil?
The rise in the popularity of CBD products has seen many new companies appear. It can be tricky sorting out through the numerous varieties, but here are a few things that will help point you in the right direction.
Lab tested – You need to know all the ingredients in CBD products. A lab test which is a comprehensive certificate of analysis details how much CBD is in the product, which is vital considering some unscrupulous details market CBD products that only contain traces of hemp extract. Don’t buy any CBD products if it doesn’t have a lab test report.
Full-spectrum CBD – CBD products are commonly made from isolate or full-spectrum CBD. The difference is, isolate CBD contains pure CBD. Full-spectrum also packs other cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant and some traces of THC. However, the THC is highly regulated to keep it to a minimum.
CBD brands go to the ends of the world to find the best hemp plants to extract their CBD. The products are made from high-quality CBD using complex and quality machines to guarantee quality products that are safe.
What dosage of CBD should you give your horse?
We recommend using regular doses (0.50 mg CBD for each kg of the horse’s body weight) for stress and anxiety relief, nausea, digestive issues, moderate arthritis, and joint inflammation, as well as minor pain.
Meanwhile, strong doses (1 mg CBD for each kg of the horse’s body weight) should be administered for chronic pain, severe cases of arthritis and inflammation, seizures, and intense anxiety.
Strong doses are also stated to increase CBD’s desired effectiveness.
For helping pain and inflammation, we recommend administering CBD every 8 hours.
For reducing anxiety, you should give CBD to the animal 30 minutes before an anxiety-inducing event, may it be a competition or travelling, or anything else you know will trigger anxiety.