Graduated Dosing Procedure
Because of the unique nature of cannabinoid based remedies, the smartest approach to find an effective dosage of CBD is to use a Graduated Dosing Procedure. Dosage will depend on weight, age and condition of horse being treated.
OUR VIEWS ON HORSE DOSING
- Horses metabolize chemicals differently than humans and dogs. For example, there is a compound that is commonly used on horses that requires a dose ¼ of what is required for dogs.
- Horses appear to be very efficient at absorbing phytocannabinoids.
- We believe that over-dosing is common, and not just with horses. This is why we have a suggested dosing plan. CBD response works in an asymmetrical bell curve, meaning that more product does not always create a greater effect. There is a sweet spot that works best for each individual horse as well as with humans. Starting at 25 mg for your horse will help you get to this point. Many horses find relief for symptoms at this level.
What is Graduated Dosing? Graduated dosing is a process whereby, you start with a small baseline dose and then increase the dosage slowly and incrementally over a specific time frame to determine the point at which the dosage becomes effective in treating the specific condition or symptom.
Graduated Dosing for Horses
Step 1: Determine your horse’s initial baseline daily dosage. (Suggested starting dose of 25mg CBD daily)
Step 2: Establish the incremental (step) dosage you will use to slowly raise the daily dosage level for each step. (Suggested increase of 25mg)
Step 3: Start administering the CBD at the daily baseline dosage for a full 7 days (25mg daily). Note any changes in your horse’s symptoms or condition. The 7 days gives the CBD time to build an accumulative effect.
Step 4: After 7 days at your baseline dosage, if you are not receiving the desired results, then increase the dosage by one step (25mg) to create a new baseline dosage.
Step 5: For the next 3 days (Day 8 – 10), administer the new increased dosage (25mg + 25mg). Note any changes in your horse’s symptoms or condition and document.
Step 6: Repeat. After 3 days of administering at the new dosage level, if you still have not obtained the desired results then continue to raise the dosage by 25mg every 3 days until you find the minimum effective dose that relieves symptoms. For example, if your animal’s minimum effective dose turned out to be 125mg it would take approximately 19 days using the graduated dosing procedure to dial-in the most effective dosage.
Step 7: Refine the dosage. Once you find the dose that works for your animal, you can refine the dosage by reversing the process and lowering the dosage by small 5mg steps in 3 day increments to dial in a more exact dosage.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a prescription required from my veterinarian to purchase Innate Remedies Equine Formulations? No, all of Innate Remedies products, including our Equine Formulations, can be purchased without prescription and shipped to all 50 states.
- Will Innate Remedies make my horse high?No, Innate Remedies Equine formulations are100% THC free and will not cause any type of intoxication or high.
- Will CBD work for all horses? Yes and No. All animals, including humans and horses, can benefit from supplementation of phytocannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD). All mammals have an endocannabinoid system responsible for regulating and creating homeostasis among the various biological systems including, the immune system, skeletal system, neurological pathways, endocrine system, etc. There are many health benefits associated with the use of cannabidiol to maintain and stimulate a responsive endocannabinoid system. The anecdotal and pre-clinical evidence for cannabidiol as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic,anti anxiety, and anticonvulsant is well established. While one horse may respond positively to cannabinoid use, another may not benefit at all. Before choosing to purchase any CBD product, you should gather as much information as you can as to its effects and uses. After reviewing the research, the last step will be to obtain a premium-grade broad spectrum CBD oil and see how your animal responds to these cannabinoids specifically.
- Which works best? The Oil or the Hemp Supplement? Innate Remedies Equine formulations come in 1000 mg Broad Spectrum CBD oil or as a Phyto Cannabinoid Rich Hemp supplement in pellet form. The oil and the hemp supplement are intended for daily use. The oil can be directly applied to the horse’s mouth which makes it the most bio available or added to your horse’s daily supplement. The oil can also be used on special occasions such as trailering approximately an hour before the event to relieve any stress. The hemp supplement is intended to be used as an additive to any other daily supplements. To date there are no studies showing CBD to be counterproductive to any other supplement but can actually accentuate the results.
The milligrams listed on the label is the total CBD in the bottle. Based on a 50 mg daily dose, the 1000mg CBD oil will last approximately 20 days, and the one pound PCR Hemp supplement will last approximately 60 days, based on 25mg doses.
- Is CBD safe at high dosages? What are the side effects? There are multiple studies demonstrating the effectiveness of CBD in treating various conditions. Most of these studies conclude that CBD (cannabidiol) is safe and virtually free of side effects. A review on the Safetyand side effects of cannabidiol by the NCBI for example suggests that controlled CBD (cannabidiol) administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and animals.
- What about Competition Rules and Regulations? Global competition rules regarding horses are very strict on the matter of treating your animal before a competitive event. FEI and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) warn that the use of products causing a calming or stimulating effect in the performance of the horse is prohibited. As of April of 2019, broad-spectrum CBD was included in this list. To be safe, we recommend not dosing your horse 72 hours prior to any competitive event and always refer to your industry’s governing board regarding prohibited substances.
It is important to note: CBD products are not approved by the FDA for the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of any disease. When seeking to add any new supplement to your animal’s diet you should seek the advice of a veterinarian.
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Can you give your horse too much CBD Oil? The answer is no. There hasn’t been any evidence that you can overdose or intoxicate your horse, dog or even yourself if you take too much CBD Hemp Oil. However, when it comes to CBD for animals, your horse or dog might become calm, sluggish or even sleepy if the dosage is too high. Mammals actually tolerate CBD oil fairly well. The body will use what it needs and then expel the rest.
CBD in equines does not have the same calming effect that it does with dogs or even people. However, we have found that horses are less anxious while still performing at a high level, trailering calmer and not as spooky in new arenas. If you are using CBD for your horse on stall rest, we do recommend doubling the dosage. Your horse will let you know how much or how little he or she needs after a couple of days.
Unlike human dosage, equines have an extremely sensitive intestinal system. So administering the right dose of CBD for animals is extremely important. You cannot use the same dosage guidelines for humans with the equine family. Dosage for humans and dogs is typically figured out by the weight. Horses and other members of the equine family, the calculations are much different. Typically 25 mg a day is the correct dosage for all members of the equine family. We recommend cutting that dosage in half for miniature horses.
When it comes to CBD, more isn’t necessarily better. As a matter of fact, once your horse is on CBD for several months, you might find that your horse needs only half a dose. Your horses will let you know quickly if they need more or less. You will be able to tell by the way they are moving and eating.
CBD For Horses
Did you know that you could give CBD products to your pets? Several studies have shown that CBD is not only good for you, but also for your pets of all sizes. The only thing you need to consider is the proper CBD dosage for horses to help achieve the desired results. In this article, we will take a look at CBD for horses, and how to administer it.
Horse owners and breeders who have given CBD to their horses have offered positive feedback. While most veterinarians prescribe placebos and artificially synthesized medication, CBD could be a great alternative treatment for a variety of ailments.
CBD For Horses
There is little or no CBD for horse research but the available data shows that giving CBD derived from the hemp plant stimulates the horse’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) the same way it stimulates the human ECS.
The accounts show that horses can tolerate the effects of CBD without inducing any euphoric or negative side effects. Some of the specific ailments and conditions that you might consider giving CBD to your horses include:
- Chronic pain resulting from laminitis and arthritis
- Leaky gut and ulcers
- Anxiety during stall confinement, transportation, and shows
- Healing from an injury or surgery
- Insulin resistance
- Cushing’s disease that causes oxidative stress on the immune system
- Appetite regulation
Contrary to popular belief, hemp-derived CBD products do not have any THC. This means that you are well within the regulations on doping as enforced by the United States Equestrian Federation and the FEI. They even announced the results of a study in September 2019 showing the positive results for the use of cannabinoids.
For this reason, it is unlikely that your horse will pass a drug test. However, some CBD products have traces of THC, and it is advisable that you discontinue giving CBD at least 7 days before a competition.
The Right CBD Dosage for Horses
According to the results of various CBD for horse research, the proper dosage will be determined by the weight of your horse. When buying CBD for horses, a reputable company will provide the right dosage on the label depending on the weight of the animal. However, it can be confusing.
For example, if you have a CBD tincture, you should see the number of milligrams of CBD in the bottle before you open. In addition, some CBD products are very diluted, so, you will need to study the label and ensure that it is specific and detailed.
The label should have information about the CBD content per dose, whether the CBD is organic or not, and the percentage of THC. By law, CBD products should not have more than 0.3% THC content. This amount is not enough to give the horse any psychological effects and it will not show up on doping tests.
If you have never, given your horse CBD before, ensure that you start with a small dosage and work your way up depending on the severity of the condition. It will take approximately two weeks before the horse starts experiencing relief.
For small horses, giving between 25 to 50 milligrams every day will be enough. For full-sized horses that weigh around 1100 pounds, give between 75 and 170 milligrams daily. For larger breeds, then giving between 120 and 200 milligrams will be enough to last them the day. The bottom line is that there is no standard CBD dosage for horses, and trial and error is necessary when finding the right dosage for your horses. However, dividing the dose into two is better than giving the full dose once every day.
How to Administer CBD For Horses?
When administering CBD to your horses, you need to figure out the best mode of application. You will need to know how long CBD oil takes to work to choose the best mode of application. Here are the several ways that you can administer the CBD to your horse:
There are several ways of administering CBD orally. You could add the CBD to the food, give the horse a CBD capsule, or give them a CBD gummy. However, it takes longer for the horse to experience the effects since it must pass through the digestive system.
However, you could administer CBD oils and tinctures under the tongue. It will take effect much faster than when swallowed, but the effects do not last as long. You could also administer the CBD in the form of extruded, not the pellets that use binders. This way, you will provide improved bioavailability.
This mode of application involves the application of the CBD under the tongue and holding it there for at least 30 seconds. It provides good bioavailability and it takes effect much quicker than other modes of application. However, it is not recorded for animals since most droppers are made of glass and could injure them.
For this one, the CBD is applied directly on the skin and it is the best way to reach the affected or targeted areas. It will not only be good for the horse but to you as well.
Choosing the Right CBD For Horses
There is an overwhelming amount of CBD manufacturers and for this reason, you need to keep these things in mind:
Condition or Symptoms
This should be the first thing you need to consider. For example, if your horse has chronic inflammation, you may want to consider a product that you can apply topically. This could be a CBD infused balm or spray.
Since horses are large animals, you will need CBD products that are specifically designed for large animals. You could also consider getting CBD supplements that are formulated for horses.
Not all CBD products are created equal, and most brands are cutting corners to get their products to the market faster and at lower prices. For this reason, you need to ensure that you pick a well-respected and reputable company. This will ensure that you are getting high-quality CBD products that meet the mark and regulations.
Even though there is limited CBD for horse research, the available information is very encouraging and there are long-reaching benefits on the endocannabinoid system, and this will provide relief from physical and mental elements.