Cannabis for Horses? The Latest Research on Equine Cannabis Medicine

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Cannabis for horses has a long history and a promising future. Some believe that society is putting the cart before the horse when it comes to all matters related to medicinal cannabis. This is especially true when it comes to helping the animals entrusted to our care. So perhaps historical literature will shed some light on how useful cannabis has always been as a medicine. For the naysayers, cannabis for horses has been around for along time. But, modern equestrians want to know: Is it safe? Does it work? The Bonded Relationship of Horse and Human Goes Way Back Much of the world was first explored on foot and horseback as new lands were discovered, conquered, and settled. Ancient cave paintings and the early founding texts of our culture describe a deep bond with the horse. As with any important ally, horse or otherwise, the health of the animal was of paramount importance to human endeavors. In the days before modern medicine came to be, natural cures were the primary form of treatment. According to CuChullaine O’Reilly, author of the Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration, cannabis had a firm place in the medical kit of those who, like O’Reilly, undertook long journeys on horseback. The Historical Use of Cannabis to Treat Ailments in Animals The first-known writings describing the use of cannabis to treat ailments among horses appeared in the book The History of Four-Footed Beasts, written in 1607 by Edward Topsell. It discusses the widely-used practice of mixing hemp seeds with a horse’s ration to promote rapid weight gain. Historical use of cannabis in horses also extends to the treatment of colic and pain relief. French Renaissance writer, physician, monk, and Greek scholar, François Rabelais discussed it widely in his writings. Rabelais commented on cannabis, “If of its juice you…

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