Cannabidiol in the Equine Branch

Cannabidiol (CBD) is continually being intensively researched and implemented for its its medicinal potential to treat pain, inflammation and its ability to complement other treatments in chiropractic/manual therapy, orthopaedic and general equine veterinary practice.

CBD is also doping in FEI sports. At the moment it is on the ‘Controlled Substances’ list. However the exact amounts tolerated are not given. CBD does remain traceable for at least 7 days.

Scientific studies have concluded that CBD gel rubbed into the skin effectively reduces swelling, inflammation and subsequent pain associated with arthritis. Furthermore, synovial membrane thickness was also reduced.

„Transdermal cannabidiol (CBD) gel application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritic pain-related behaviours and exerts an anti-inflammation property…”

Hammell DC, Zhang LP, Ma F, Abshire SM, McIlwrath SL, Stinchcomb AL, Westlund KN. Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis. Eur J Pain. 2016 Jul;20(6):936-48. doi: 10.1002/ejp.818. Epub 2015 Oct 30. PMID: 26517407; PMCID: PMC4851925.
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