There are people who swear that getting your dog stoned is really bad for it and there are those who say it’s just as beneficial as it is for humans. The truth is that we’re built very differently from dogs. Also, we obviously weigh much more than they do. These and other factors need to be considered before getting your pet high.
In recent years, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has reported a lot more cases where dogs and other pets have come in after accidentally ingesting marijuana. And it doesn’t always end in fun and games.
Dogs are capable of getting high off marijuana just like we are. They can get stoned from second-hand smoke, but in most cases where owners have worried their four-legged friend seemed a bit off, the dog has snuck into the owner’s stash and eaten a bit (or a lot) of marijuana.
Dogs will usually pace, pant, lose their balance, and look distressed after ingesting pot. They will begin to exhibit these signs about 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion, or sooner if inhaled. Usually, the dog is fine after a couple of hours.
In some cases, however, the dog can suffer greatly. Marijuana can cause the dog to vomit, have seizures and even die. Even though death by marijuana toxicosis is rare, it does happen, especially when the dog has ingested large amounts of marijuana.
Not all the consequences of feeding dogs cannabis are negative. Sick dogs have gained back their appetite after ingesting just a little. They’ve also shown signs of pain relief.
Just as many humans are turning to medical marijuana to help their ailments, many pet owners are doing the same. There is even a marijuana edibles company in the San Francisco Bay area called Auntie Dolores, that sells medicated treats for dogs called Treatibles.
Despite the growing trend of dog owners medicating their sickly or aging dogs with cannabis, the American Veterinary Medical Association hasn’t taken an official stance either way. So, if you’re going to do this with your furry buddy, try to use CBD oils, which work best on them. Also, make sure you only try out small amounts and keep your eye on the dog to make sure there aren’t any negative side-effects.