About 800 race dogs raced the Iditarod trail along with their mushers, taking on the 975-mile journey that started last March. Four-time champion musher Lance Mackey made the headlines by revealing that he gave cannabidiol oil to his race dogs, even as the head veterinarian was against it.
Mackey ignored the vet’s suggestion saying that CBD was not included in the list for banned substances, as stated on the Iditarod rulebook.
CBD enhances recovery times
Lance Mackey, finishing 21st on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was interviewed by Anchorage Daily News and told that his dogs were taking CBD oil to enhance their recovery times and performance.
Mackey went to Stuart Nelson, the race’s head veterinarian, who then discouraged the idea of giving cannabidiol oil for competing dogs. However, Mackey went against Nelson’s advice and cited there was nothing on the guidelines that indicated cannabidiol as a banned substance in the race.
CBD or cannabidiol is derived from the source plant Cannabis sativa L., which also produces marijuana. This substance contains high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which causes psychoactive effects or ‘high’ for users. However, CBD has a shallow level of THC, making it non-intoxicating.
CBD has found a growing market in pet lovers, having owners try it for their pets and finding that it benefits the health and wellness of their beloved animals. This substance is typically used as an adjunct to pain treatment, managing seizures, and other uses, although the federal government is yet to publish official regulation regarding CBD.
As a cancer survivor, Mackey considered medical marijuana treatment throughout his four-year successive wins from 2007. However, marijuana got banned by Iditarod officials by 2010. Mackey pointed out the other competitor’s jealousy on his wins as the main reason for banning marijuana use from the competition.
A year after marijuana was banned, Mackey bagged his fourth championship in 2011.
Cannabidiol for pets
CBD oil became a hit for being the miracle remedy as touted by users over the recent years. Many people who have tried CBD praised its efficacy for many health issues like chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, and more.
Over the years, CBD manufacturers have become creative when it comes to the type of cannabidiol product they make. Today, there are gummies, tinctures, lotions, and other innovative products infused with the substance. CBD pet products have been widely received in the market, particularly from pet owners who want to discover what the fuss is.
CBD for pets are mostly in oil or treat form, promising to deliver alleviation of anxiety and pain, among others.
Pet experts, however, say that it’s safe to consult a veterinarian regarding the use of CBD oil for pets so that it can be properly evaluated whether it’s appropriate to give CBD oil to improve the pet’s specific condition.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race commenced and ended in March, with Thomas Waerner taking the championship after spending nine days and 10 hours running the race.
Rookie musher Kaci Murringer took the Red Lantern win as the last official finisher of Iditarod.
Jim Lanier, a 79-year-old retired pathologist and oldest musher, withdrew from the race at Rainy Pass early on the race. He cited health concern amid the coronavirus outbreak as the reason for his early exit.