CBD for Horses
You may have heard of the benefits regular CBD use can have for humans. Maybe you’ve even heard of how it can benefit dogs and cats by treating chronic pain and reducing anxiety. What you may not know is that it has similar benefits for horses.
Horses are one of the more complex pets an animal lover can own. They are very intelligent and have a high capacity for emotion. Because the bond between an owner and their horse is so strong, seeing them struggle with a chronic health issue can be hard to watch.
Organa CBD Horse Tincture
Our Owner and CEO, Katrina, decided that enough was enough when it came to finding a natural way to medicate her horses! Especially to help soothe their anxiety during transport. With the help from Organa’s lab, we have formulated a superior tincture to help solve her problems
What can CBD treat in Horses?
1. Eases Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a common condition in horses. Arthritis is caused by chronic, persistent joint inflammation, resulting in the irreversible degeneration in cartilage. The amount of pain arthritis can cause a horse can to be detrimental to his quality of life. While arthritis is not a reversible condition, CBD oil is effective at reducing the inflammation and pain associated with it.
2. Reduce Pain Associated with Laminitis
Laminitis is inflammation of the soft tissue that attaches the pedal bone to the hoof wall in horses. The condition leads to instability in the pedal bone and severe pain. Once a horse has had an episode of laminitis, she is more prone to future episodes. Studies indicate that CBD oil can help with the inflammation and pain associated with laminitis.
3. Treat Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome is estimated to affect more than one-half of adult horses at some point in their lives. Gastric ulcers are caused by bacterial infections. These infections can be effectively fought with a healthy immune system. CBD oil boosts the horse’s immune system and improves gut health, which can help effectively manage equine gastric ulcer syndrome.
4. Relieves Anxiety
Horses are prone to anxiety. Creating Better Days states that horses are prey animals, and they find it comforting to be part of a herd with other horses. They can experience anxiety when they are split from their herd, such as during training sessions and stall rest. CBD oil can help calm an anxious horse.
5. Help Relieve Colic
Colic is a general term used to describe abdominal pain in horses. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include curling of the top lip, a lack of interest in food, lying down more than usual or at a different time than usual, sweating, less than usual or no manure production, increased heart rate, diarrhea, restlessness, and depression. Although the exact cause of colic isn’t known, it may be due to an imbalance of bacteria in the horse’s digestive tract. This can lead to bloating and pain in the abdomen, two symptoms CBD oil can effectively treat.
6. Reduces Pain
While pain from colic or laminitis may be obvious, mild or chronic pain may be more difficult to identify. Signs of pain in horses include any change from the horse’s usual behavior, dullness or unresponsiveness, a reluctance to lift a hoof or to move around, frequently shifting weight from one leg to another, uncharacteristic irritability, and loss of appetite. CBD oil is effective for treating acute and chronic pain in horses by blocking the horse’s pain receptors.
7. Helps Alleviate Allergies
When a horse experiences an allergic reaction, his body perceives a threat from something harmless. In response, the horse’s body releases histamine, a chemical that produces inflammation. Signs of allergies include hives, coughing, and itchy skin. CBD oil is effective at reducing inflammation, which is why it is effective for relieving allergies in horses.
8. Help Relieve Seizures
Though the exact cause of seizures in horses isn’t known, damage from parasitic worms, infections, and brain conditions, such as tumors, have been linked to them. CBD oil can be effective in treating some types of seizures in horses. It is also effective for helping horses with tremors and muscle spasms.
9. Beneficial for Horses with Cancer
CBD has been shown to prevent cancer cells from growing, which may help prevent the spread of cancer in a horse’s body. CBD may even cause cancer cells to die. CBD is also known to boost the immune system, which can help the body fight harder against cancerous cells. Finally, CBD oil can help counteract the negative symptoms of traditional cancer treatments.
10. Helps Treat Desmitis
Desmitis is another type of inflammatory condition that affects horses, typically affecting the legs or the coffin joint. As mentioned earlier, CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Given this, CBD oil can be beneficial to helping a horse heal from desmitis.