The use of cannabidiol as a remedy for a wide number of illnesses and conditions has become very popular in recent times, so it is only natural that many horse owners are becoming curious about the possible benefits of using CBD oil for horses.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is obtained from the cannabis, or hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Whilst the hemp plant is in the same family of plants as the marijuana plant, help contains only very small, insignificant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound that is responsible for the “high” people experience when using marijuana products. CBD oil is the CBD compound contained in oil form. Discount Animal Products CBD oil does not contain any THC, so it will not cause any sort of “high”, or psychoactive effects whatsoever.
What are the possible benefits of using CBD oil for horses?
There are quite a few reasons why horse owners are interesting in using CBD oil for horses. Even in cases where there is no obvious physical or mental illness in the horse, CBD oil can offer our companions a number of overall, general health benefits. Some of these potential benefits might include:
- Providing a calming or relaxing effecton the horse
- Reducing stress and anxietyin the horse
- Improving the immune systemof the horse
- Generally improving the neurological functioning and mobilityof the animal
- Improving digestion.
It is considered that a number of illnesses and ailments can be helped through the use of CBD oil for horses as well. Some of these may include:
- Pain, including arthritisor laminitis
- Stress and anxiety (such as in stable confinement or travel for competition)
- Ulcers and leaky gut
- Cushing’s disease (immune system depression that results from oxidative stress)
- Insulin resistance.
When considering CBD for horses, how does the endocannabinoid system relate?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a vital signaling system that exists in every person and animal, regardless of whether they have ever used any cannabis product. When considering CBD oil for horses, it is important to have a basic understanding of the ECS, because it is via its interaction with this important body system, that CBD oil elicits the responses that it does in the animal.
The ECS plays a vital role in a number of critical body systems to maintain a state of balance, medically referred to as ‘homeostasis’. The ECS is activated by cannabinoids, which are either endocannabinoids (produced by the body of the person or animal itself), or phytocannabinoids (produced by the plant- in this case the cannabis plant- and consumed by the person or animal).
CBD for horses can be given to augment, or improve, the ECS, prompting it to work more effectively to assist the animal in dealing with illnesses and stresses.
What dose rate should I use for CBD oil for horses?
Whilst we will always suggests that you consult with your horse’s veterinarian when it comes to getting the dose rate of CDB oil for horses right, we do realize that not all vets will be comfortable with the idea of recommending, or even just in helping to administer and monitor treatments that involve CBD. There are certainly some vets that have carried out comprehensive research into the benefits of using CBD oil for horses, whilst others might not be aware of the veterinary or medical applications at all.
It is therefore not uncommon to see horse owners making their own choices and dosing their horses based on their own judgement, using close observation; that is, simply watching how their horse reacts. We always suggest starting at the lowest dose rate and gradually increasing the dosage if it is necessary to do so to reach the desired effect.
The general guideline is a starting dose of around 15mg (9-10 drops of our product) for minis and ponies, and 25mg (15 drops) up to 50mg upper limit for horses 500kg+.
The body of scientific evidence regarding the use of CBD oil for horses is still limited at the present, however anecdotal evidence (and some early pilot studies) shows that the minor side effects of CBD oil usage in both humans and animals are very minimal. The types of side effects that have been observed have included dry mouth and drowsiness, but these tended to occur rarely at very high doses. If your horse is currently on other medications, you should consult with your veterinarian and bear in mind that CBD oil can possibly affect the way those medications are metabolized.
Where can I buy CBD oil for horses?
We know that as a horse owner there is nothing worse than seeing your companion suffering or in pain. Discount Animal Products CBD is THC-free, making it safe to use our CBD oil for horses Australia. Our product is only of the highest quality; it is organic, non-GMO CBD oil from the whole plant extract, and is HPLC tested for your peace of mind.
The content detailed in this blog post is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness, and it should not be taken general medical/veterinary advice. We always recommend consulting with your horses’ veterinarian or health professional for an accurate diagnosis and medical opinion.