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CBD for Horses: Canada’s Equine Cannabis Brand is a World First

Published on July 2, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020

Can you say four-twen-neigh?

You’ve likely heard about CBD and its potential to be infused into dog treats to treat everything from pain to anxiety.

But we admit, this one threw us for a loop.

Recently, Toronto-based company CannaHorse announced it was launching “the world’s first ever legal cannabis brand dedicated to horse health.”Join the Leafly Canada CommunityThe company said in a press release that it is seeking to provide a plant-based solution to traditional pharmaceuticals.

And the company says it won’t just be a one-trick pony: they hope their products will help everything from pain and inflammation, to anxiety, exercise, surgical recovery, and overall wellness.

Last week, Health Canada proposed a new class of cannabis products called Cannabis Health Products (CHP). This is Health Canada’s answer to those in the industry calling for CBD products to include a natural health product number. Unlike regular natural health products, Cannabis Health Products will only be allowed to be sold in existing cannabis retail outlets.

CannaHorse is likely pleased, however, since Health Canada says they will explicitly allow CHPs intended for animal use.

While the ethos of the company may seem promising, it’s clear they are at the beginning of their journey: no product lines have been announced yet.

The company says that before it markets its drugs it needs to obtain clinical trial data. Luckily, they have enlisted former University of Guelph Professor Dr. Michael Lindinger, a Canadian nutraceutical expert, to help conduct clinical trials on the formulations which the company hopes will eventually be sold across Canada.

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Harrison Jordan
Harrison Jordan
Harrison Jordan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoys reading and writing about the regulatory affairs of cannabis in Canada and around the world.
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