Positive for CBD: What Would Happen To Kentucky Derby Horse and Jockey Winner?

This year at the Kentucky Derby something unprecedented happened. The winner was disqualified twenty minutes after the race. Gamblers lost millions and a long-shot named Country House was declared the new winner.

Maximum Security was found in violation of established rules. Basically Maximum Security was a road raged driver, cutting off others, not staying in his lane and menacing to at least 7 other horses in the Derby.


What if the winning Horse tested positive for Cannabis?

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission defines CBD (the non-psychoactive substance in cannabis) a Class B drug. Horsemen with a Class B offense are subject to suspension of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $1,000 for first offense. It’s unlikely that CBD will show up in a drug test. With that said, it is still a violation and may disqualify your recent victory.

The commission also finds THC (the psychoactive substance in cannabis) a Class A drug and comes with a three-year suspension and a fine of $5,000 to $10,000 for first offenders. Any levels of THC will show in a drug test. *Full spectrum CBD or hemp oils have trace amounts of THC.


What about the jockey?

Jockeys are subject to random drug testing just like other professionals. A positive test for THC would disqualify the rider. CBD oil is a bit trickier. Does the CBD extract contain a full spectrum including even trace amounts of THC? It is important for you and your horse to avoid THC, and maybe even CBD, if you want to win the Kentucky Derby under existing laws.


*Hemp Well products contain no levels of THC.