Hemp And Horse Health: Are There Any Benefits To CBD?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, which has been made into CBD oil that some horse owners use on equines that have arthritis or anxiety. There have not been any studies on the efficacy of the CBD products—until now. Scientists at Tarleton State University’s Equine Center in Stephenville, Texas, have created a unique study that has garnered interest from all over the world.

Dr. Kimberly Guay is overseeing the research, which is hoping to quantify how CBD affects inflammation, stress and negative stereotypical behaviors in horses. Horses in the study are given different formulations of CBD, including pellets and oil. Students in Tarleton’s equine science class then measure the horse’s heart rate and cortisol levels. They also observe the horses that have been dosed with CBD to discover if it has any effect on common obsessive-compulsive behaviors, like cribbing.

Also being tested is how long CBD stays in a horse’s system. This information is very important to horses used in competitions; there are stringent rules that apply to equine supplements and medications and their withdrawal times before a horse competes.

Guay expects to publish her results in 2021.

Read more at the Glen Rose Reporter.

See a video about Guay’s study here.

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