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CBD For Horses 101

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

CBD For Horses

Horses are strong, majestic creatures that often make great companions. However, as many horse owners know, the responsibility of taking great care of a horse is not a light task. We know that many horse owners want the best for their horse, however, what does that necessarily entail?

Just like other animals, horses experience medical conditions that can leave owners questioning what are the next steps to take, and even what options they have. Although CBD is not a substitute for a Vet visit, it is important for owners to know their options and even the potential benefits that CBD can have on their equine friend. Whether your horse is getting older, is a retired racehorse, or simply experiencing pain, we believe that CBD can aid in the recovery.

So what exactly is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana, CBD will not result in a feeling of euphoria. Over the past years, numerous studies have highlighted the potential of CBD. CBD has been recognized for its benefits on human and animal health.

Myth Vs. Fact

There are many myths and questions about CBD, marijuana, and cannabis. We are here to help. Think of Cannabis as an umbrella. Both marijuana and hemp fall under the cannabis umbrella, and although both have very similar properties, their differences are important.  Cannabis plants are composed of over 80 cannabinoids, two of which are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is where most people get lost.

Hemp-Derived CBD

The CBD derived from the Hemp plant, such as GoGreen Hemp CBD Pellets and Peppermint CBD Horse Oil Tincture, will contain 0.0% THC in them. Why? Because when extracted, CBD oil from the hemp plant will contain small traces of THC, which then will be extracted to 0.0%. This is important to understand as the product that you will be giving your equine will not result in any intoxication.

CBD For Horses How Will It Interact?

Horses, like all mammals, have what is called an endocannabinoid system. The ECS interacts with cannabinoids produced by the body to help maintain overall homeostasis. Because the ECS is in charge of the nervous system and immune system, it is imperative that the ECS works efficiently. Interestingly enough, CBD is able to interact with the receptors, known as CB1 & CB2 and it is able to help support the overall function of the ECS.

Immune Function Support:

Cannabinoids act as immune suppressors; they reduce inflammation that is occurring in the equines body. Because the equines Endocannabinoid System can help regulate the overall function of the equines immune system, CBD, which can bind to receptors CB1 and CB2, can potentially aid in immune function support.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is one of the most common health concerns that horses face, more specifically retired racehorses. This condition can lead to permanent damage to the cartilage that surrounds the horses' joints. Unfortunately, the condition is not reversible, however, due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can help alleviate any discomfort caused by the condition. In return improving the horses' quality of life.

Choosing The Best CBD For Your Horse

It should come as no surprise that as a horse owner, you would want the best CBD product for your horse.  It is important when doing your research to look for the following:

Lab Tested

This is a must! Make sure that the CBD products you purchase come with a third party lab test. An indication of a reputable and transparent brand is QR codes on product packaging. The lab results will indicate exactly what is in the product as well as what is not!

Broad Spectrum CBD

Additionally, we recommend broad-spectrum CBD oil as opposed to CBD isolate. CBD isolate is cheaper for companies to use and, therefore, many companies use it. However, it is important to choose a company that uses broad-spectrum CBD if you want all the benefits that other cannabinoids offer.


Taking reviews into account is important, but, being aware of how authentic a review is also imperative. Reviews can tell a consumer a lot about a product, looking out for a company that has verified reviews will help you choose which CBD company is for you.

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