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Study reveals CBD reduced transport stress in horses

dvm360dvm360 September 2022
Volume 53
Issue 9
Pages: 21

The study results showed decreased levels of cortisol in horses after CBD dosage

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HempMy Pet and Tarleton University, a member of the Texas A&M University system announced in an organizational release1 the positive results of their Cannabidiol (CBD) Equine Study focusing on the stress of transportation.

HempMy Pet, a CBD product company for dogs, cats, and horses, stated that the objective of the research program was to explore opportunities that full spectrum CBD oil may provide to the livestock industry as a tool to mediate stressors, minimize injury during transport and handling, and promote health by minimizing overstimulation of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, commonly called the HPA axis.1

HempMy Pet and Tarleton University reported that higher doses of CBD (0.6mg/kg of body weight) are more effective overall compared to lower doses of CBD (0.3mg/kg of body weight). In both dosages, CBD was non-detectable after 24 hours with the highest blood concentration levels peaking at 4 hours after it was administered.

According to the study, there was no difference observed in the effects of CBD in male and female horses, but there was an increase in feed eating times in both the low and higher CBD dosages. The higher dosage was seen to have a much longer feed time compared to the lower dosage.

Research showed there was a decrease in cortisol levels in the transportation portion of the study and that there were not any long-lasting effects of the CBD in both the low and high dosages.1

Kimberly Guay, PhD, PAS, Tarleton University stated in the release, "My research goals are to perform as many projects as necessary to better understand the physiological and behavioral responses of animals when they consume CBD and Hemp processing byproducts such as hempseed meal. It is important to recognize the differences in these products so that we can categorize and utilize them in safe and useful ways. There is still much to be done, and we will continue to fill in the blanks that remain regarding these products in our animals.”1

The stress from transportation can sometimes affect a horse’s behavior including weight gain, feed efficiency, and excessive aggression.

Natalie Mondine, HempMy Pet co-founder and COO, said in the release, "This is our second clinical trial study overall, but it is the first study we have done with horses, and we are very pleased with the results. Being approached by Tarleton University to collaborate on a study was very exciting for us, as it shows that the interest in the therapeutic benefits of hemp are valid and have a real future in medicine."

"If we look at the science and data behind all of the research that has been done so far, it's impossible to ignore that CBD and hemp derivatives have an overwhelmingly positive effect on a myriad of health concerns and are a real alternative to pharmaceuticals."1


CBD study shows reduced stress in animals during transport. News release. HempMy Pet. Published July 28, 2022. Accessed July 29, 2022. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cbd-study-shows-reduced-stress-in-animals-during-transport-301594289.html

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