Horse Tests Positive For Cannabidiol, Trainer Gets Suspended

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The horse ‘Touch Blue’ was recently tested for cannabidiol, and the result turned out to be positive. However, more interestingly, Bret Calhoun who trains horses paid $500 as fine, and he is serving a suspension for the offence. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ruled that the trainer would need to spend 10 days of the punishment from April 14 to 23, 2020. The KHRC would stay the rest of the days in the term “on the condition that no Class A or Class B medication violation occurs in any racing jurisdiction within 365 days from the date of this ruling.”

For an uninitiated, the consumption of CBD is deemed a ‘Class B’ substance breach under the KHRC’s classification. It voted without opposition to categorize cannabidiol as a ‘Class B’ substance in 2018.

As per the recent verdict, Calhoun gave up his legal right to an official hearing in front of Ellis stewards board. Chester Thomas’s banner that owns and operates races with ‘Touch Blue’ should surrender the portion of the race purse the horse made. She won a race at Ellis Park’s course for the first time on July 06, 2019. However, the recent event has disqualified her from taking part in future races.

Cannabidiol is one of the two most active components in cannabis sativa plants, with the other one being tetrahydrocannabinol. It is usually derived from industrial hemp to be used as an ingredient in products that are meant for medicinal purpose. Hemp-derived Cannabidiol has no mind-altering effects on the user, as tetrahydrocannabinol does. That said, if cannabidiol is obtained from marijuana, then it might have an effect on the user’s mind.

It is extensively available in every American state under varying levels of legality. People often consume CBD for pain relief, sleep issues, anxiety relief, and inflammation.

Even the WHO considers it a safe substance for consumption by human beings. However, cannabidiol is an issue as far as a racehorse is concerned. That is why the KHRC set a substance classification for cannabidiol a couple of years ago. Back then, the KHRC Equine Medical Director Mary Scollay was quoted as saying that “It’s a prohibited substance. There’s no scientific evidence for use in horses.” Nevertheless, certain websites promote cannabidiol’s use in horses in an aggressive way, and some individuals recommended its equine use on social media.