New Study Investigates the Effects of CBD in Horses

February 19, 2020 09:00:36

The past few months have seen an uptick in the number of studies looking into cannabidiol’s (CBD) medical abilities. At the moment, there’s tons of anecdotal evidence in support of CBD, and users claim it’s effective against everything from insomnia and anxiety to high blood pressure and chronic pain. There have also been inroads in CBD products for pets, but the consensus is that more research is needed before cannabidiol can be Okayed.

A team of researchers in Texas is running a study to prove cannabidiol’s effects on horses, especially its anti-stress and anti-inflammatory abilities. And for animals that are often exposed to high-stress levels and strenuous physical activity, CBD could be a game-changer.

“I have been interested in the CBD movement for a while, and primarily it is because we’re in a highly horse-populated area. A lot of the horse people I knew were already using CBD, illegally you would say because it wasn’t legal in Texas at the time,” says Kimberly Guay, a professor at Tarleton State University in Stephen, specializing in how stress affects animals.

Her team is giving a variety of horses CBD in oils and edible pellets, and they monitor their reactions such as their heart rates, inflammation, and cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and it’s associated with high levels of stress. On top of that, the team will observe the horses’ behavior to see how the physical signs of pain, stiffness or anxiety manifest after a CBD dose.

Guay says most of the horse owners she knows have reported positive results after using CBD on their horses, and she’s eager to see whether the data they uncover will support the anecdotal evidence. “The anecdotal evidence is incredibly strong, and if there is a chance to mediate stress, then I’m all for it.”

She adds that although the researchers have given some of the horses significant doses of CBD, there have been no obvious adverse reactions. “I still can’t say one way or the other, but I know there are no adverse effects, apparently.”

According to Guay, if the study shows positive results, CBD could also be looked at as a supplement for livestock used for food production. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates animal feed in the U.S., and the agency hasn’t approved CBD as a pet supplement.

“If there’s some version of the byproduct of the plant in hemp that could be utilized or incorporated into feed or whatever that could help minimize stress for livestock animals, that would be a huge benefit,” she says.

It is believed that industry actors like SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) will be eagerly waiting for the findings of this study since a whole new segment of the industry could open up.

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