Equestrian Canada and Cannabis


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. Cannabis (including CBD) is medicine, and should be treated as such. FDA approved products like CBD based Epidiolex exist and are available in Canada by prescription.

As of January 1st, 2018 the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) began to allow for CBD to be used by humans in competition up to the Olympic level. This was due, in part, to their decision that CBD does not affect athletic performance. Typically, horse sport organizations have followed WADA guidelines.

CannaHorse is poised to begin our clinical trials of cannabis products on horses in early 2020 and we look forward to sharing our safety, efficacy and withdrawal time data with the appropriate regulatory bodies.

Equestrian Canada Release


Ottawa, ON, Aug. 23, 2019 – Equestrian Canada (EC) would like to advise the community of the rules regarding equine use of cannabis, CBD, THC and hemp products.


Please note that as of Sept. 1, 2019 the presence of THC in an equine medication control sample collected from a horse competing at an EC sanctioned competition results in a Class 2 Infraction, as outlined in the EC Schedule of Fines and Penalties.


Until Dec. 31, 2019, written warnings will be issued if the presence of CBD is detected in equine medication control samples from a horse competing at an EC sanctioned competition.

After Dec. 31, 2019, the presence of CBD in equine medication control samples will result in an infraction to be determined by the Equine Medication Control Committee (EMCC). Confirmation on the infraction will widely communicated once confirmed.

Additional Info: THC, CBD & Hemp

  • THC and CBD are prohibited substances as per the EC and CPMA equine medication control programs.

  • It is illegal for any veterinarian to prescribe CBD or THC products to treat any animal.

  • No products containing CBD are licensed for veterinary use. All CBD-based products have to be considered as supplements, which are not held to the same quality control and content analysis as licensed veterinary products.

  • It is not possible to issue elimination guidelines for products that contain CBD, because:

    a) Very little scientific evidence exists.

    b) CBD products are not licensed for use in horses.

  • Because of the psychotropic effects of THC (altering of mind, emotions, and behaviour), the use of THC in horses could result in physical injuries to the horse or its rider/handler(s).

  • For more information on the use of hemp products, please see the Hemp Oil Fact Sheet.

Questions, Comments?
Questions or comments concerning EC’s Equine Medication Control Program can be directed to:

Shauna Curran-Cooper
Coordinator, Technical Programs – Equine Medication Control
Toll Free: 1-866-282-8395 x 117

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