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

July 2, 2019
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.”

The 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.


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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 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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  • So when I found that old bottle of Equine Cannabis Salve at my old family farm, what was that considered? I think equine medicine likely included hemp, through feed and salves, for many years. That aside, this is fantastic news.

  • So what is that equine cannabis salve I found in an old barn at our family farm in Oregon. I think equine medicine has included cannabis for years, whether that was eating some hemp or in salve form, but went away along with the beneficial products that existed for humans. Regardless, great to see progress in animal medicine.