HempMy Pet and Tarleton University, a Texas A&M University System Member Announced in an Organizational Release1 the positive results of their Cannabidiol (CBD) Equine Study focusing on the stress of transport.
HempMy Pet, a CBD product company for dogs, cats and horses, stated that the goal of the research program was to explore the possibilities that full spectrum CBD oil can bring to the livestock industry as a means to reduce stressors, injury during minimize transport and minimize treatment and health promotion by overstimulation of the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands, commonly referred to as the HPA axis.1
HempMy Pet and Tarleton University reported that higher doses of CBD (0.6 mg/kg body weight) are generally more effective compared to lower doses of CBD (0.3 mg/kg body weight). In both doses, CBD was undetectable after 24 hours, with the highest blood concentrations peaking 4 hours after it was administered.
According to the study, no difference was observed in the effects of CBD in male and female horses, but there was an increase in feed intake times at both the low and higher CBD doses. The higher dose was found to have a much longer feeding time compared to the lower dose.
Research showed that there was a decrease in cortisol levels in the transport portion of the study and that there were no long-lasting effects of CBD in either the low or high dosage.1
Kimberly Guay, PhD, PAS, Tarleton University stated in the release, “My research goals are to conduct as many projects as necessary to better understand the physiological and behavioral responses of animals when they consume CBD and hemp processing by-products such as hemp seed meal.” It is important to recognize the differences in these products so that we can categorize and use them in a safe and useful way. Much remains to be done and we will continue to fill in the gaps that remain regarding these products in our animals.”1
The stress of transportation can sometimes affect a horse’s behavior, including weight gain, feed efficiency and excessive aggression.
Natalie Mondine, co-founder and COO of HempMy Pet, said in the release: “This is our second clinical trial study overall, but it’s the first study we’ve done with horses and we’re very happy with the results. Tarleton University to participate in a study was very exciting for us, as it shows that the interest in the therapeutic benefits of hemp is valid and has a real future in medicine.”
“Looking at the science and data behind all the research done to date, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that CBD and hemp derivatives have an overwhelmingly positive effect on a myriad of health problems and are a real alternative to pharmaceuticals.”1
CBD research shows reduced stress in animals during transport. news item. Hemp My 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