Methods of Ingestion
Because research and data are currently limited, recommendations for the appropriate method of CBD ingestion vary. Ultimately, consumers want to gain maximum benefits from the CBD in whichever form their horses consume it, and choosing the appropriate ingestion form plays an important role in maximizing those benefits.
There are two common methods of CBD ingestion for horses. It can be consumed as
1) an ingredient in a chewable or 2) oromucosally in a tincture. In chewables, CBD is mixed in with other ingredients that have favorable tastes and can be administered like a treat. In tinctures, CBD is dissolved in an oil (often olive oil or hemp oil) and typically administered under the tongue of the horse using a dropper or syringe.
Choosing the best way to administer CBD to your horse may take some trial and error, but understanding two common methods of ingestion can serve as a solid starting point.
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