Report: 'Whoa' moment as racehorse found with CBD oil in system

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Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, had a simple reaction upon learning a lab recently found cannabidiol, or CBD oil, in a racehorse’s system: “Whoa.”

“There could be big consequences for racehorses,” Scollay told the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.

The Herald-Leader reports the positive for CBD oil, increasingly popular among humans to relieve pain, among other uses, won’t become an official result until after a hearing involving the horse’s trainer.

Both horse and conditioner are so far unidentified.

According to the report, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will set penalties for a CBD positive and THC, the psychoactive constituent in cannabis. 

Says Scollay, even as a number of websites are marketing CBD oil for equines: “There’s no scientific evidence for use in horses.”

Lexington’s Racing Medication & Testing Consortium previously recommended a suspension of up to a month and fine for a CBD positive.


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