Today Equestrian Canada announced they will begin testing for cannabinoids beginning with THC on September 1st, 2019 and CBD (Cannabidiol) on Jan 1st, 2020. Currently, there are no legal cannabis products for equines available in Canada and no tests for safety or efficacy have been completed. We at CannaHorse believe Equestrian Canada has made the correct decision in restricting use of cannabinoids in competition, at least until safety studies have been completed, and safe, tested products are available.
The USEF has taken a cautious approach, this is mostly a positive. At CannaHorse, we believe cannabis products are medicine and should be regulated accordingly. Until formal studies showing safety, efficacy, withdrawal times and a therapeutic threshold level are complete, CBD is best left out of competition. Having said that, the USEF statement wasn’t well-researched or based on scientific data. There are many products allowed close to and during competition that offer potentially serious side effects…
In a twist on the stories we often see about young people taking ketamine, a drug used as a horse tranquilliser, I received a press release from a firm called CannaHorse about the world’s first medical marijuana for equine use. Some people may have a problem with this, but there is no need to get on their high horses.
Can you say four-twen-neigh?
You’ve likely heard about CBD and its potential to be infused into dog treats to treat everything from pain to anxiety.
But we admit, this one threw us for a loop.
Yes, it’s a glorious age in this country, and along with all these advancements comes the latest veterinary breakthrough you never knew you were missing: weed for horses.
A new company headquartered in Toronto, CannaHorse, announced on Wednesday that they were launching the first cannabis brand “created for horse people, by horse people.”
“With more than 15 million horses in North America and Europe, the equine healthcare market is a growing billion-dollar industry. We recognize the opportunity to bring the power of cannabis and cannabinoids we see working in humans and other animals to life for horses,”
CannaHorse, a Toronto-based company “created for horse people, by horse people,” believes cannabis could be the next big thing in the world of equine health.
Medicinal cannabis has made its way to the horse industry as CannaHorse looks to be one of the first to market an alternative to traditional pain relief pharmaceuticals for horses.
CannaHorse aims to launch different cannabis products for pain relief and inflammation, anxiety, exercise and surgical recovery.
Horses are expensive to maintain and it’s a segment of the market that could definitely mean big business for CannaHorse. It’s also an area for the time being there would be limited, or no other competition for the company.
Acceptance around the world for cannabis as a health alternative is growing rather than being pegged as a mind-altering substance only. It is just going to take some more sound research and clinical tests to help get wellness products, including for horses, further into the mainstream. And if that happens, CannaHorse may have carved itself out a significant market share in an uncontested market.
First cannabis came for your pets, now it’s coming for your horses.