CBD has become popular in the horse community for many of the same reasons humans have gravitated to it over the last couple of years. Just as many family physicians warm against adult use of CBD due to what they perceive as a lack of research, most veterinarians caution getting on board with the cannabinoid. That hasn’t stopped owners from experimenting on their horses. While this sounds risky at first glance, keep in mind that mammals have consumed hemp, the source of CBD, for centuries without any apparent toxicity and while I agree we need all of the studies we can get, a body of evidence exists suggesting cannabidiol’s (CBD) safety.

Hemp Supplementation is Already a Staple in Livestock Feed

Throughout the livestock industry, the practice of supplementing feed with hemp is commonplace. Hemp’s oils contain CBD, and the seed is rich in protein, magnesium, and Omega 3 fats. Adding hempseed cakes to the diets of dairy cows “resulted in the maximum yields of milk and Energy Corrected Milk( ECG is an industry term for comparing the efficiency of cows)” for researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2010. A study published in March 2019 found that hemp supplementation to chicken feed improved their cholesterol and gut health. Scientists testing dairy goats the previous September saw similar improvements to in cholesterol. Along with livestock experiments, many commercial farmers report adding hemp to their animals’ diets makes them healthier overall. Read More…

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