Excerpt from the August issue of Heels Down Magazine.
As the stigma behind marijuana use in humans continues to evolve in the U.S. and other countries through recent and sweeping decriminalization laws, some equestrians are exploring cannabis-based products for the health of their horses.
Options include using hemp, a non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant, as an alternative to wood shavings for stable bedding or even as an oil-based supplement for nutrition. Companies that have invested in hemp-based products early on are seeing a surge in demand and interest from pet owners, especially equestrians.
No, your horse won’t get high from ingesting hemp. But there are some factors to consider before deciding if hemp bedding or hemp oil could be a good option for your horse. For example, will hemp affect a routine drug test at a competition?