What is CBD oil for horses?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a therapeutic cannabinoid found in cannabis plants and lends its name to a type of extract that’s derived from the flowers. More specifically, CBD is derived from Cannabis sativa L plants — an umbrella term that includes both hemp and marijuana plants. While called CBD, the heavy majority of CBD products contain the full range of compounds found in cannabis which includes cannabinoids like CBD as well as other beneficial compounds like terpenes and flavonoids.
CBD is largely derived from hemp plants, because unlike its cousin, marijuana, hemp lack high amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which gives marijuana its signature high. When you pluck most of the THC away from cannabis plants, they can no longer cause a high and they become incredibly safe for us, and our pets. Essentially, CBD from hemp plants lets you take advantage of medical marijuana’s benefits, but without the high.
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The Innovet Story
Matt and Dave started Innovet in 2005 making health care products for pets. By 2015, they had done some research on CBD but at that time, it seemed like a product that was just too good to be true. Matt set it aside, thinking that the hype simply couldn’t all be legitimate and never gave it another thought until Gordo became sick.
Gordo was his bulldog who had been diagnosed with lymphoma. He went in for his first treatment and had a horrible reaction to his first chemotherapy. He wasn’t eating and wasn’t being himself at all. His health went downhill fast and Dave was desperate to get the necessary help for Gordo. He searched for everything and anything that might help with cancer-related symptoms, and CBD was again brought to his attention. He found some that looked good, paid extra for overnight shipping, and sadly, it arrived 5 days later - the same day that Gordo passed away, taking his last breaths in Matt’s arms. Subsequently, the CBD bottle was left sitting on a desk at the Innovet warehouse.
Matt’s dog, Maximus, was 16 years old, blind and also battling cancer at the time. He spent most of his days in a dog bed at the warehouse, so that Matt could keep him nearby at all times. In the hopes of ensuring that he had tried everything possible, Matt saw the CBD bottle and decided to give some to Maximus. At that point, Matt was almost certain that Maximus was close to death. He had no hope that it would help because Maximus was so old and hadn’t been able to stand up or eat on his own since Gordo had gotten sick.
Matt simply couldn’t imagine losing Gordo and Maximus within days of each other but that fate seemed inevitable.
30 minutes later, Maximus was missing. Everyone at the warehouse all spread out in search of Maximus and found him in a part that he had never been in before. We were shocked to find that Maximus was alert, wagging his tail and eagerly trying to sniff out food. Matt brought him back to his dog bed where we discovered what happened: Maximus had stood up on Maximus had stood up on his own, ate all his food and had ventured into the warehouse in search of more!! That was the day we knew that CBD wasn’t all hype. It really did work. Matt believes that CBD gave him more treasured months with Maximus having a good quality of life. His only regret is that he hadn't given CBD a chance sooner. Dave and Matt immediately went to work to source the highest quality full spectrum CBD from organic hemp and soon after PurCBD Oil was born. Throughout the last 3 years, we've proved that top quality CBD can be both affordable and easily accessible.
What is cannabis?
Before we move on, let’s go over why we should rethink the word cannabis. Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis plants with the same compounds, however, they occur in different ratios. As such cannabis doesn’t always equal a psychoactive high. While all cannabis plants have therapeutic benefits, Hemp lacks THC making it safe and non-intoxicating for pets.
Is there a difference in hemp oil and CBD oil?
There are three basic consumable extracts that come from cannabis plants: Hemp CBD extracts, Marijuana extracts, and Hemp Seed oil. Where the first two come from the flowers of the plant, hemp seed oil — commonly called hemp oil — comes from the seeds. Hemp oil does not contain cannabinoids like CBD like the other extracts, but it does contain beneficial omega fatty acids and antioxidants that help cardiovascular, immune, and skin health. As well, it’s completely safe and extremely beneficial to horses.
Hemp seed oil is a vital part of CBD oil because it gives the cannabinoids a fat to bind to which makes it much easier for the body to absorb. In summary: CBD oil = Hemp CBD extract + Hemp seed oil (or another MCT oil).
How does CBD work?
Right now, you’re probably thinking, “how can CBD help my horse with so many things, this sounds like snake oil!” What’s beautiful about CBD is when you understand a little science behind it, everything makes sense. CBD products like CBD for horses help supplement the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This is a regulatory messaging system that produces its own cannabinoids like CBD to ensure other regulatory functions in the body are performing properly.
Regulatory systems — like the immune or nervous system — are your horse’s first-line-of-defense against disease, infections, stress, you name it. But all of those things can severely wear those systems down, leading to several health issues. The ECS’ job is to keep regulatory systems going strong when under intense pressure, and mainly works to help processes that regulate sleep, mood, pain, immunity, appetite, and even fertility.
Unfortunately, the ECS can’t always produce enough endocannabinoids to keep up with whatever is causing the body stress. When this happens, your horse may become hypersensitive to pain, inflammation, allergies, nervousness, and on. Since plant cannabinoids can do the same job endocannabinoids can, supplementing the ECS with them helps the ECS better carry out its job. Especially if one of the regulatory systems is really struggling. All mammals have their own ECS, and it plays a role in several regulatory systems throughout the body. This means CBD can help improve health, in both big and small on a cellular level.
Does CBD get you high and is CBD legal?
We are excited to say that hemp-derived CBD products are legal in the United States and much of the world because they don’t cause a high. When cannabis contains low levels of marijuana’s signature compound, THC, it has significantly different effects on the body. There is no high, none of the associated side effects like dry mouth or paranoia, and it’s safe where marijuana is rather dangerous to certain animals like dogs.
Hemp plants that contain 0.3% THC or less are legally labeled “industrial hemp” and CBD products from these plants are smooth sailing for all animals.
Alternatives to CBD oil for horses
A great thing about CBD is its ability to adapt to different forms that can offer certain advantages over other forms.
For example, we offer Equine CBD Hemp Pellets that are incredibly easy to give — just mix it in with their regular feed and CBD’s flavor is completely masked.
We also offer a highly concentrated CBD Calming Paste designed to deliver high doses of CBD that kick in faster to help support and maintain occasional anxiousness and the healthy structure of joint tissues.
How do I know what guidelines to follow when buying CBD?
- Organic: Hemp has phytoremediation properties with the ability to clean up toxic spills. That’s why it’s so important to only buy CBD derived from organic hemp that’s grown free of pesticides and other toxic chemicals.
- Extraction Method: There are several different ways to extract CBD, including methods that use dangerous solvents that leave a residue. CO2 solventless extraction is, without a doubt, the preferred method producing purest and safest CBD concentrate.
- Certificate of Analysis (COA): A COA is the guaranteed analysis of the CBD product. It’s undertaken by an independent lab and will show the accurate amount of the main cannabinoids and terpenes. Make sure your CBD product has one and that the label matches the results.
- Inactive Ingredients: Make sure to read the back of the label for other ingredients that aren’t CBD or a carrier oil. Almost all CBD oils will have a carrier oil such as coconut or hemp seed oil in it.
- Full or Broad Spectrum: It’s highly recommended that you use a CBD product that is their broad or full-spectrum, meaning it includes the terpenes and flavonoids also found in hemp. These additional compounds greatly improve the overall benefits.
We’re proud to say that we uphold our standards to the highest practices and that’s why our full spectrum organic hemp CBD extract has been CO2 extracted and tested by an independent lab for the highest purity and potency.
How long does it take for CBD to work?
CBD oils are known for their rapid effects that start working within 30-60 minutes. Depending on your horse’s body chemistry and their illness, it may take up to 2 weeks before CBD starts displaying full noticeable results. Think of it like a multivitamin.
How much CBD oil should I give for my horse?
We’ve mentioned before we prefer CBD oils because they make administering precise dosages effortless, and it’s the easiest way to find out how much CBD a horse needs. Remember, all horses are unique and this along with the severity of their condition can greatly affect the amount of CBD you should give them.
Fortunately, it’s not a complete guessing game as your horse’s weight will give you a dosage you can start with and work from there. There is no unsafe amount of CBD you can give your horse, but we’ve found that lower and medium dosages are often all that’s needed and they don’t risk making your horse tired like high dosages can.
We break individual/single CBD dosages into three tiers based on the horse’s weight, and each has its advantages.
Low Tier Single Dose (0.022 mg/lb or 0.05mg/kg):
This is where we recommend you start and you can keep your horse here while CBD builds up in their system which takes a week or two. If using CBD for preventative health or overall wellness, this is a great dosage range to stay in.
Average Tier Single Dose (0.068 mg/lb or 0.15 mg/kg):
By the name you can guess that this is the most popular dosage as it greatly helps with most conditions without making them feel tired.
Strong Tier Single Dose (0.136 mg/lb or 0.30 mg/kg):
Our CBD Oil for horses comes into two concentration sizes so it’s just as easy to give a precise dosage to a pony as it is a draft horse. Our 750mg is suited to smaller horses and ponies, while our 1500mg is better for larger horses that require more CBD. Same great CBD oil, one just has more CBD.
Where can I get CBD oil for horses?
CBD has collected an immense amount of popularity within a few short years and has changed how we care for both our health and the health of our pets. Unfortunately, this popularity has led to quite a few poor quality “CBD” products out there. We put CBD in quotes because often these products contain little to no CBD. As well, they can contain dangerous levels of THC, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. We want you to choose our CBD oil for horses, but above all else, we want to ensure the safety of your horse.
What are CBD's side effects?
CBD has taken the health world by storm. One reason is the long list of health issues it can help with. The other reason is CBD’s lack of side effects. There is a significant and growing body of research that shows CBD can replace many conventional medications that come with harsh side effects. In most cases, side effects are never seen with CBD.
In the rare cases when side effects are seen, they are fairly mild e.g. nausea and tiredness with high dosages (completely harmless). There is only one major side effect to pay attention to, and that is CBD’s ability to interfere with certain drugs metabolized in the liver. If your horse is on such a drug, we advise you talk to your veterinarian about CBD before using. This interaction is not uncommon as foods such as grapefruit and kale do the same.