Essential Benefits Of Using CBD For Horses
Written by CRM
Friday, 12 June 2020 14:14

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis and related plants. It has been reported to have a lot of applications in human and animal health. This has caused a lot of hype around the substance.

Horses are some of the priority animals for which health solutions are being sought in CBD today. Horse products containing CBD are found in the form of capsules, oils, and tinctures.


The use of CBD can benefit horses in the following ways:

  1. Reduces Stress
Stress is a common condition in horses; it’ their natural response to danger. Stress occurs by the normal activity of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. These two balance out the effects of stress.

There are instances of prolonged and chronic stresses in horses. Chronic stress could occur as a result of strenuous exercises, unfamiliar changes in the environment, bad weather, or some hormonal issue in your horse.

CBD combats chronic stress by improving hypothalamic activity, preventing oxidative damage in the body, aiding digestion, and restfulness in horses.

  1. Prevents Inflammation
Inflammations are the body's response to foreign agents entering the internal body system of horses. They are sometimes chronic and can be linked to other diseases in the body of your horse. The signs of inflammation are pain, redness, and swelling.

An example of inflammation in horses is laminitis. This is an inflammation that occurs in the soft tissue – the lamina – in the horse's hoof. It results in instability of the pedal bone, causing severe pain for a horse. It’s best if laminitis is not contracted by horses because it is a recurring condition.

Dealing with inflammation in horses is often tricky. This is why it is best that horse owners take a preventative approach. One such method is the use of CBD oil for horses, which is an anti-inflammatory drug.

The anti-inflammatory nature of CBD stems from its ability to:

      Induce apoptosis or cellular suicide and T-regulatory cells.

      Inhibition of cell proliferation as it occurs in affected body parts.

      Suppression of inflammatory cytokine production in horses.

  1. Reduces Joint Pain and Arthritis

Horses are very active animals. However, they sometimes develop pain around their joints, which is often linked to arthritis. Joint pain and arthritis limit your horse's mobility. Fortunately, CBD has been found to be very useful in the treatment of these ailments.

CBD, in its various forms, has proved over the years to work for all types of pain-related ailments in horses. It helps manage the pain and helps treat arthritis in horses, bringing about a boost in mobility over time.

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  1. Milder Side Effects
CBD is particularly good because it does not cause a high level of side effects, like other prescription medicines. Currently, there are few mild side effects of using CBD in horses. These include drowsiness, a decrease in blood pressures, and diarrhea.

Side effects are generally related to overdoses. Thus, it’s important that owners take note of the right dosage for their horse, which might vary from horse to horse. Visiting a vet will help you determine the right dosage or follow the CBD manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. Produces A Healthier Coat
Horses suffer from a host of coat diseases, like mange and atopic dermatitis. These skin coat problems in horses are similar to those in dogs, which typically start with a small itch on specific body areas.

The immunosuppressive properties in CBD help in combating skin diseases on a very large scale.

  1. Boosts the Immune System
A high immune system in a horse is important. This helps prevent a host of diseases before they even surface.

CBD is one proven way to boost your horse's immune system. It has immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. One of the diseases that are well under control with CBD is equine gastric ulcer syndrome.

  1. Prevents and Treats Cancers
The use of CBD in horses can prevent cancer cell growth. It is believed to have properties capable of killing off cancer cells. While most of these reports are speculative, they are worth a try.

CBD is also easy to use compared to other post-treatment cancer drugs. It has reduced side effects and boosts the immune system of horses.

Final Thoughts

Horses and other mammals suffer from similar conditions. Especially in humans, CBD has been proven to be very effective. It is useful in the treatment of chronic stress and anxiety.

It helps to fight against inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties help against laminitis, skin coat problems, and joint pain diseases. It prevents cancer growth and helps horses cope with post-treatment. They have milder side effects on the body. Ultimately, it boosts the immune system of horses to a large extent.