benefits of cbd for horses

Benefits of cbd for horses

What are Cannabinoids?

You may have heard someone you know talking about cannabis oil, cannabinoid (CBD) oil, or phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) oil for the benefits. These items all refer to Phytocannabinoid-rich oil derived from cannabis sativa, also known as the hemp plant.

Hemp and marijuana are not the same, in fact, they are different species of the same plant. Hemp is legal and is a common source of rope, paper, clothing, jewelry, and more. It is one of the oldest domesticated crops farmed by mankind. Hemp is a renewable and sustainable resource that has found a resurgence of popularity in recent years in our organic health markets because it is a highly nutritious resource.

Several decades ago the United States marked all cannabis plants, regardless of species, a Class 1 drug. As a result, many of us associate hemp with marijuana. This is definitively incorrect. Hemp contains <0.1% THC (hallucinogenic) which the body processes faster than can be absorbed.[1] [2] As such hemp, CBD oil, and PCR oil are not recreational drugs.

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Bridle & Bone Wellness

My friends around the world have been dealing with horses with kissing spine, navicular, and injury resulting in stall rest. Equestrians are increasingly looking for safe and natural ways to reduce anxiety and inflammation in their animals. As an equine massage therapist, I suggest sports massage to relieve tension, reduce toxins, and stimulate endorphin release. Of course, true holistic wellness must address all aspects of the body, whether behavioral, physical, and mental, and address the core cause of the problem.

I first was approached by a client’s owner about hemp wellness treats. Her animal had severe arthritis. I did not recommend it at the time because I knew nothing of CBD or how it would affect my client. A few months later, I spoke with the founder of Treatibles, Juliana Carella, at the 2017 BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach. Like most people, my question was “how is this not giving my pet marijuana?”

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Hemp is Not Marijuana

Cannabis has approximately 500 natural compounds. One of these, cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound that has medical benefits such as reducing inflammation and the ability to aid regeneration. All animals with the exception of insects have endocannabinoid receptors. The endocannabinoid receptors affect our digestion, sleep, movement, and our emotions. Our bodies naturally absorb this compound and it affects different parts of our body, including the immune system.

Benefits of cbd for horses

Erin Contino, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR, and Katherine Ellis, DVM, MS, both of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Orthopaedic Research Center, in Fort Collins, co-authored that case report involving a single horse. They used CBD to help the owner treat cutaneous (skin) hypersensitivity and mechanical allodynia (a painful sensation caused by an apparently innocuous stimuli, like light touch) in the 4-year-old Quarter Horse mare.

What we know about CBD’s efficacy and potential use in horses

While this positive outcome might make horse owners want to run out and buy CBD, which is widely available and easy to get, it would first be prudent to learn more about this hemp plant derivative .

CBD in Action

The biological benefits of CBD oil have been explored in a variety of settings since approximately 4000 B.C. Despite this lengthy history, the Food and Drug Administration didn’t approve the first CBD product until June 2018. Epidiolex, the only FDA-approved CBD product, is indicated for controlling seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes in children. Epidiolex contains 100 milligrams of CBD/milliliter and is administered at a dose rate of 5 milligrams/kilogram per day. In some patients doctors slowly increase the dose to a maximum of 20 milligrams/kilogram per day.

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