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CBD for Horses and Other Equine

If you’ve ever worked with horses, you’ll know that they’re incredibly intriguing animals. They’re intelligent animals that are both graceful yet powerful all at once. Whether you own them as pets, race with them or train them for shows, you’re bound to have had some fascinating experiences.

That being said, horses may be tricky to look after. There are plenty of potential ailments and illnesses that horses may fall victim to, and they may easily become injured as well. Horses certainly aren’t animals that you may simply obtain as a pet to play with on the weekends (although, no pets should be treated like that). They require constant attention and care.

This is why it’s so great to see the pet care sector evolving with the times. There are plenty of interesting, new products being developed to help care for animals in 2020- and horses are receiving particular attention from the innovative minds in this industry.

One product category that’s risen in prominence in the last year is CBD infused products for pets. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been disrupting most industries in recent years, and the pet care industry is no different. This natural, organic compound has a wealth of potential health benefits that are associated with it for humans, so it’s no wonder that it might benefit animals as well.

But how exactly can it be used for horse and equine studies? And what benefits may horse owners expect to see from using these products? That’s what we’re taking a look at in this blog post today. We’ll be going over the importance of CBD, how it may be used for equine care, and what you need to know about buying CBD products.

Here at Panacea Life, we’re dedicated to helping our clients live their healthiest, most fulfilling lives possible using CBD, and hemp inspired products. We’re passionate about providing pet care products and are excited to tell you about our equine CBD products too.


What is CBD?

Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at what CBD actually is. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding CBD, as the link to cannabis and drug use has given it somewhat of a negative stigma in particular circles.

Contrary to popular belief, CBD has nothing to do with drugs or ‘getting high.’ It’s a natural compound typically extracted from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa L.). CBD hemp extracts have minimal levels of THC, so it will not affect your pet, and CBD itself is not considered to be a psychoactive compound.  Please make sure that any product that you give your pet is certified to not have any THC in the product as it may be lethal to your pet.

The most common form to find this ingredient in is CBD oil that is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and blending it with a carrier oil. Of course, there are plenty of other intriguing products that CBD may be found in, ranging from teas and gummy candies to makeup palettes and facial serums.


Why have CBD products become so popular lately? 

If you’re interested in the healthcare, beauty, and wellness industries, we’re sure that you’ve seen CBD products online lately. It’s becoming more and more popular nowadays, with huge makeup and beauty companies jumping on it as a hero product.

One of the main properties of CBD that has made it so popular is that its primary activity is as an anti-inflammatory. As this Healthline article points out, CBD products are used as topical solutions to help with inflammation- often, to fantastic effects. This, in turn, is one of the reasons why CBD is so great at helping to reduce inflammation caused by a variety of conditions, including acne and other skin conditions.  It’s worth noting that research into the effects of CBD is still relatively new.

An interesting benefit of CBD products that’s worth noting is that these products have been reported to help to manage anxiety and reduce stress, as noted by Harvard Medical School’s blog. People who are suffering from any sort of anxiety disorder (for example, PTSD, OCD, or panic disorder) have been reporting great benefits from using CBD products.

Of course, the studies that we’ve linked here are related to humans- but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be extrapolated to apply to animals as well. We’ll be looking at the benefits of CBD for horses in just a moment, once we’ve looked at what types of animal products are available.


What pet-friendly CBD products are there?

As with human CBD products, there is a wonderful variety of products available for pet owners who are looking to give CBD to their pets in a healthy manner. The most popular, intriguing examples of pet CBD products that We’re personal fans of include:

  • Tablets and vitamin capsules
  • Oils and tinctures
  • Treats and snacks
  • Specialized supplements, e.g., supplement just for older animals to ease joint pain

Of course, this list is not exhaustive- there are constantly new and innovative products being brought out to meet the demands of this ever-expanding market. There are even books and social media influencers who are dedicated to talking about this fascinating subject. 

In fact, if you’re looking to learn more about CBD usage for pets, social media is a wonderful place to start. It’s incredibly popular on social media, with influencers and start-ups talking about CBD on Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest. If you’re looking to speak to other people about using CBD for your pets, Facebook groups could be an interesting place to look.


Why would people use CBD products to help their horses?

Now that we’ve covered what pet products are available in the CBD world, it’s worth going over the main reasons why people might use CBD as a tool to help their horses. Surprisingly, a number of benefits are overwhelmingly similar to the benefits that human users may expect to receive from CBD products.

One of the main benefits of CBD equine products is that it’s great for supporting joint health. This is one of the main findings that we noted in our study on equine CBD during our trials, and we noticed a positive improvement in gait and movement in horses.

If you have a horse who suffers from age-related movement decreases that may be due to arthritis or exercise recovery, for example, it could be worth your time to look into buying CBD products. As this helpful Horsetalk article points out, there are a plethora of conditions that have been shown to lessen with CBD usage.

CBD equine products could be a great way to help care for horses who have sore or stiff joints after performing in shows or traveling a great distance, too. 

Another great reason to use CBD products to help your horse is that it may help to help promote calmness.  Horses are social-herd animals that, when separated from their herd, placed in isolation or in close quarters for transport, become skittish and easily frightened.  Some horses need to travel by trailer for shows, which elevates stress. CBD is great for promoting a sense of calm that may help animals with high-stress levels relax.  

Generally speaking, CBD products are fantastic for equine use. They’re healthy and nourishing and may help with a wide range of health conditions and complications. If you’re caring for horses, this should be something that you look into using this year.


Other important things to know about CBD 

To finish up this blog post, we always recommend consulting with your veterinarian before starting a CBD regimen with your horse to optimize benefits.  Ensure that you source your CBD product from a company that produces high quality products free from impurities. When starting to add CBD to your pet’s diet, start with a small dosage and, over time, increase doses to reach the desired effect that enhances the quality of life.

CBD may negatively interact with existing medications. If your horse is already being given medication for conditions like arthritis, for example, you may want to consult with a vet before giving them any CBD products.

A final point to consider with CBD animal care is that CBD products have not been fully legalized in many locations in the world. More and more states and countries are seeing the benefits of CBD products as time goes on, but it is still not accepted everywhere. Thus, it’s vital to make sure that you check your local laws before purchasing any products. We have a helpful article here that talks about where CBD is currently legal at the time of its publication.

Overall, CBD products are incredibly beneficial and may have a wonderful impact on your beloved horses. It’s important to research the products beforehand and to use them mindfully. If you are interested in seeing the quality of testing done on all Panacea products, you are welcome to come to check them out here.


How Panacea Life could help you today

As you may see, there are a large number of benefits to expect from using CBD products to support and care for your equine friends. Healthy CBD usage may support joint health to help with age-related movement disorders and exercise fatigue and promote mental calmness. This is particularly great for horses who travel due to shows, or horses that work in stressful environments.

Equine CBD products may be immensely beneficial, but it’s important to make sure that the products are safe and organic. As we noted in earlier blog posts, synthetic products have been proven to be harmful, and it’s a risky game to buy unverified, unchecked products for both you and your horse. Do your research, and only buy from companies that you trust.

Additionally, if your horse begins to show any signs of reacting poorly to the CBD product, make sure to stop using it, and seek a professional’s input immediately. Side effects and poor reactions are very rare with CBD products, but they’re worth being aware of. This is especially true if the horse in question is on medication, as reactions may occur. 

Generally speaking, CBD equine products are incredible. They may benefit the horse in many ways and are much more natural and organic than any synthetic medicines on the market right now. This is why we’re so proud to offer our own equine products in our collection.

The newest product in our line of CBD pet products is our Panacea Pets Equine CBD tablets. These 75mg CBD hemp oil tablet contains 50mg of natural CBD and is a perfect way to increase your horse’s health. They’re pure, potent, and entirely THC free- take a look here to find out more about what this great product could do for you.

Of course, it’s not just equine products that we offer. Whether you’re looking for delicious CBD gummies, helpful tinctures, or something else entirely, Panacea Life will have the perfect product to help you feel healthier and happier.

If you’d like to find out more about what we could do for you, we’d be more than happy to speak to you and make some recommendations on what products would suit your personal needs the best. You may email us at [email protected] to find out more, or fill out the contact form on our website to speak to a member of our team today.