CBD Oil For Horses: The Facts & The Benefits

CBD Oil For Horses: The Facts & The Benefits

Posted by Marijke van de Water on 2019 Jan 21st

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is the short form term for cannabinoids which are found in the medicinal hemp plant. There are over 100 different cannabinoids in one hemp plant, all of which have health properties. Aside from the cannabinoids the hemp plant also contains important compounds called terpenes (also found in other herbs as well as fruits) which determine the taste and the smell of the plant and its oils. Terpenes are also medicinal and work synergistically with the cannabinoids to enhance their health benefits. It is the cannabinoids and the terpenes together that give the hemp plant its health properties for so many different health conditions.

These medicinal compounds are mostly found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. Therefore, medicinal hemp is grown to enhance the leaf and bud growth to maximize the levels of CBD. CBD’s also contain health promoting antioxidants.

Why Is CBD Oil So Popular?

It has been discovered that ALL people and animals (with the exception of insects) have an endocannaboid system throughout the body which provide receptors for these medicinal compounds. This indicates that the body has an innate ability to process, metabolize, and utilize cannabis. And, it means that CBD oil has the potential to help many different body systems and organs including the digestive system, cardiovascular health, the immune system, the musculo-skeletal system, and the brain and nervous system.

Is CBD Oil Psychoactive?

CBD Oil should not be confused with marijuana. Even though they are both derived from the Cannabis plant they are different species of the same plant. Medicine produced from Cannabis indica plants have higher CBD content and lower tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Medicine produced from Cannabis sativa plants have lower CBD and higher THC content. THC is the compound found in marijuana which is the ingredient that gets the user “high”.

Unfortunately, many years ago the government marked all cannabis plants, regardless of species, as a drug. As a result, most people associated all hemp plants with marijuana. This is completely untrue.

How Does CBD Oil Differ From Hemp Seeds, Oil, and Protein?

Hemp oil and seeds have been readily available for many years and are harvested from industrial (not medicinal) hemp which contains no CBD’s or medicinal properties. However, they are used for their nutritional benefits. The seeds are the most nutritious part of the plant and they are high in protein, various minerals, and healthy fats. Hemp seeds and their oils are considered to be the perfect balance of omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid). This is important since most feeds and many vegetable oils contain too much omega-6 causing inflammation and immune problems.

Hemp oil is extracted from the seed but should not be used in excess or for long-term since horses are not anatomically or physiologically designed to digest and metabolize excess oils, despite marketing claims.

Hemp protein is what is left over after the oil is extracted from the hemp seeds. The remaining seed meal is then processed into a powder. It is relatively high in protein and contains a lot of fibre. To keep the oils fresh keep both the seeds and the oils refrigerated.

Which Product Should Horses Use?

Any products that contain THC are not desirable for horses, nor is THC necessary for them to experience the many health benefits of cannabis since CBD’s on their own have many health properties. We don’t want to put our horses at risk to experience any adverse symptoms from THC such as changes in mood, increased anxiety, hallucinations, or other changes in brain chemistry. And, it is likely that adverse symptoms or other side-effects are not observable to the average horse owner possibly causing them long-term stress. Remember, our horses are highly sensitive beings that react and respond to many things in their external environment. They also have no need to get “high” in order to get well.

Fortunately, the industry standard limits the THC content in all CBD oil products to less than .3% THC. This minimal amount of THC is processed before it can be absorbed making the CBD, including Riva’s Remedies CBD Oil, very safe for all animals.

Which Horse Health Conditions Should CBD Oil Be Used For?

CBD Oil can safely be used for those horses who are afflicted with pain, inflammation, stiffness, sluggish digestion, anxiety, and those horses with chronic stress. Use it for horses on stall-rest, horses with herd-bound issues, high stress levels, chronic illness, and sore joints or muscles. CBD Oil also has a beneficial effect on various immune problems as well.

Overall, CBD Oil can promote a sense of greater physical, mental, and emotional relaxation for horses who have the following health conditions:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Soreness and stiffness
  • Poor Digestion
  • Low Appetite
  • Immune Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Poor hair coat, mane and tail
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Nervous Disorders
  • Vaccinosis (vaccine reactions)

Why Is Riva’s Remedies CBD Oil a Good Choice For Your Horse?

Riva’s Remedies is founded from over 25 years of experience with a specialty in helping horses get well with natural health care, diet, nutrition, and natural medicines. Our mission is to always do the best we can for all horses. Our approach is a truly holistic one whereby we use plant-based medicines as part of a complete healing program. Our products have been trusted and effective for tens of thousands of horses for all health conditions, and we will therefore always choose the best quality ingredients based on the welfare of the horses.

Our decision to offer CBD oil is not based on trends but is based on our knowledge and experience with herbs and the value that they can bring to improving the lives of all horses.

Our Product Guarantees

√ Riva’s CBD Oil uses 100% of the whole plant to extract the oil in order to ensure that all of the synergistic healing effects are intact and that the oil contains the full spectrum of medicinal ingredients. This method is superior to isolates which strip out all of the other naturally occurring healing substances including the other cannabinoids.

√ In contrast to a cannabis tincture where the active ingredients are dissolved in alcohol, the oil extracts are more potent and much richer, also resulting in a superior product.

√ The extraction process is done with carbon dioxide and does not use any harsh or toxic solvents.

√ The oils are 3rd party laboratory tested right back to the soil, and are guaranteed to be free of toxins.

√ The oils are 3rd party laboratory tested to confirm potency.

√ Our CBD oils are in a carrier oil of organic and clarified coconut oil containing health promoting medium chain fatty acids.

How Much Riva’s Remedies CBD Oil Should Horses Take?

The Riva’s CBD Oil for horses is a 2.0 % concentrate meaning that one ml (20 drops) contains 20 mg. The general

range for horses is 40 - 100 mg daily depending on the chronicity or the intensity of the symptoms.

Start with ½ tsp (50 mg) of Riva’s CBD oil once or twice daily and increase to one full tsp (100 mg) once or twice daily if needed.

Note: CBD oil will take effect from 1-2 hours, however if taken with food it can delay the absorption. The effects of the oil can last from 6-10 hours.

What Can You Expect From Giving Riva’s CBD Oil To Your Horse?

CBD oil has been used for many years on both people and animals. It has proven itself as safe and effective for a variety of ailments and can be used for horses of all sizes, ages, and breeds. To give your horses the benefits of the Riva’s CBD Oil visit our store and purchase yours today.

My 30 year old Arab, Tribute injured his pelvis in January 2018 and though he healed OK it would take him 3 or 4 tries before he could get up some days. I was thinking that I would have to euthanize him because it was no quality of life. But then I started him on the Riva’s CBD oil for horses and within days he was able to get up. Now he is walking and even sometimes cantering in the fields. He still has some occasional bad days but for the most part he can get up on the first try!

…Judy McEachern