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CBD For Horses: Does It Work? (With Tips for Use)


CBD for horses: have you thought about whether it might help your equine friend? Is she off her food because of gut problems? Does his arthritis bother him? Does she suffer from restlessness or anxiety?

You care about your horse more than anyone else does, and it can be distressing to see your beautiful friend suffering. It can make you feel helpless when you know there may not be any good solutions out there, especially when it comes to pain management.

Many horses suffer from pain due to laminitis (hoof inflammation), gut issues, colic, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. If your horse has any painful condition or suffers from anxiety or stress, you might have wondered if CBD could help. Is CBD for horses a viable treatment option? What do the vets say? Is it safe and does it work?

(Please note: the FDA has not approved CBD for use in pets, and we recommend that you consult a vet before using it to treat any health conditions).

Do Horses Have An Endocannabinoid System?

This is the first question we need to answer because it tells us whether CBD will be helpful for a horse or not.

Like all mammals, horses do have an endocannabinoid system. As with humans and other animals, CBD works on the endocannabinoid receptors to maintain a state of homeostasis in the body. This means that it helps the body to maintain optimal operating conditions for a normal and healthy state.

The way CBD works is that it’s always helping the body to move towards a normal state rather than going too far in one direction or another.

Does CBD Work On Horses?

What does hemp do for horses? More specifically, what conditions can it help?

There is a lack of specific research on CBD for horses, but there is plenty of other research on humans and other animals to suggest that it’s beneficial for pain, may help with arthritis and laminitis, and may be helpful to combat stress and anxiety and associated behavior such as cribbing.

It can also help with leaky gut and intestinal issues, wound healing, appetite regulation and obesity, and inflammation.

Can A Horse Get High?

CBD oil contains tiny amounts of THC, the compound responsible for the high that users experience when smoking marijuana.

Because CBD contains such small amounts of THC, a horse can’t get high on CBD.

Is Hemp Toxic To Horses?

Hemp seeds are a nutritious addition to a horse’s diet if given in the right quantities. They contain Omega-3 fatty acids and vital amino acids, important for good health and a shiny coat, along with other essential fatty acids. Hemp for horses is available as seeds, meal, or oil.

However, it’s important to note that the strain of hemp grown for seeds and fiber is not the same as the strain that is grown for CBD extraction, although it may contain small amounts of CBD. This strain is also different from the marijuana plant, grown for its high levels of THC.

THC is known to be harmful to animals, so before you give your horse hemp oil, make sure you know where it comes from and that it contains less than 0.3% THC.

What Oil Is Best For Horses?

Try our bioMD+ full-spectrum CBD for horses that come in different forms, giving owners a choice of dosing methods. You can get it in pellets, tinctures, oils, and pastes. In most cases, the simplest form for use is one that can be mixed with food.

Is Pet CBD Different From Human CBD?

Reputable manufacturers will produce human-grade CBD products, even if they are intended for pet consumption. There should be no difference in the quality of human and pet CBD products.

That said, sometimes manufacturers use additives such as flavors to make products more palatable for pets, although these are unlikely to harm humans.

Human CBD is often highly concentrated, which can be an issue for small pets when it comes to getting the dose right. However, there is no reason that your pet cannot use human CBD products as long as the THC level remains below 0.3% and you get the dosage right.

How Much CBD Do You Give A Horse?

How much hemp oil should I feed my horse? It’s the question every owner wants to be answered!

While there is no standard dosage rate, Dr Juliette M. Getty pHD, has come up with a  daily dosage rate.

  • Minis (400 – 660 pounds) 25 – 50 mg
  • Full-sized (660 – 1100 pounds) 75 – 170 mg
  • Large Breeds (1100 – 1800 pounds) 120 – 200 mg

How To Calculate The CBD Dose In CBD Oil

  • Divide the mg of CBD by the ml in the bottle
  • This tells you the potency of the oil (mg/ml)

Now you can calculate how many ml to give your horse (use the example as a guide)

If your bottle is 50 ml and contains 5000 mg of CBD, you have a potency of 100 mg/1 ml. (5000/50 = 100).

So if you want to give your horse 50 mg of CBD, you draw 0.5 ml of oil into your dropper for the correct dose.

CBD For Horses Competing In Shows And Events: Know The Rules!

Racehorses, showjumpers, and other horses that participate in events are now in violation of drug laws if they are found with CBD in their systems while competing. A recent update to the rules means that CBD is now a controlled substance and is subject to the same penalties as other banned substances.

Tips For Use

  • CBD for horses works quickly when placed under the horse’s tongue, but it is difficult to administer and can lead to injury
  • The best way of dosing a horse is to add oil to food or use pelletized CBD. However, this option can be slower to work and less bioavailable.
  • Topical CBD is helpful for targeted areas
  • Start at the minimum dose for your horse’s weight and increase the dose by 5 mg at a time until you see the desired results
  • If administering a sublingual (under the tongue) dose, use a plastic dropper rather than a glass one to avoid injury
  • Many owners find that dividing the daily dose in half and administering it twice daily is more effective than the entire dose once daily
  • Lower the dose if you notice side effects such as diarrhea or drowsiness. These side effects are not usually serious and should resolve quickly.

CBD For Horses: Help Your Equine Friend To Live A Good Life

While research on CBD for horses is still sparse, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that your horse will benefit from CBD. It is safe, non-toxic, and will not cause any adverse reactions when used correctly.

Even better, you will have peace of mind knowing that you’re helping your beautiful friend to live his or her best life.

Azriel Adelberg
About Azriel Adelberg

MSc Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley An Israeli born organic chemist and PROUD University of California, Berkeley graduate.

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