Marijuana’s legal status has most certainly taken a turn for the better towards humanity and man’s best friend. Opinions of millions of individuals who’ve had their dog's life saved or improved with cannabidiol (CBD) products have changed their views on cannabis. From treating joint pain and arthritis to many other common ailments, some veterinarians are now backing the medical effects of cannabis for K-9s.
With products like YoPup chill out biscuits, Honest Paws, and HempMy Pet, there are no doubts that dogs are getting stoned too. It happens when dog owners purposefully administer it to their dogs either for medical or recreational reasons and when they get into your stash. The ASPCA reported that since the mid-2000s when medical marijuana became legalized in certain states, cases of stoned dogs have increased as much as 50 percent.
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How do dogs get stoned?
Some dogs get stoned by prescription, edible treats, eating buds off your plant, second-hand smoke or by taking a shotgun directly from their owner's mouth.
Other dogs even get stoned by eating the cannabinoids found in human feces! Feces contains psychotropic compounds that get people high, and areas, where homelessness is common, will have a higher rate of stoned, stray dogs roaming the hood as cleaner streets.
The impact that weed can have on a dog depends on a few different factors.
Just like humans, a dog’s body size and weight coupled with the amount of THC/CBD can have different effects on various dogs.
Second-hand smoke is the primary source of a dog getting stoned. How high your dog gets also depends on how long they were exposed to the smoke and concentration of smoke.
If smoke is being directly blown into their face, you might as well pass them the joint and remove the pizza from the coffee table.
Can your dog die from ingesting too much cannabis?
Dogs have to ingest a large amount of cannabis to actually die; however, it doesn’t take a lot for an adverse effect to happen. Dogs who ingest too much cannabis are put on supportive care and intravenous fluids, and it can take one to three days for recovery.
The worst thing a dog can eat is cannabutter because of the heating process that is used to infuse the butter alters the chemicals in cannabis making the chemical composition unpredictable for dogs. Most dogs who die from ingesting too much cannabis are usually very small, sick or old.
I once witnessed two large pit bulls devour a 200g slab of hash like it was a forbidden Wonkers bar. Suffice to say they slept for 2 days with intermittent devouring of bowls of rice.
If you haven't puffed with your dog recently and struggling to find out if he/she is a stoner here are some of the signs to look out for:
10 Signs Your Dog is a Stoner
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1. Your stash is missing and you discover the plastic remnants when you take them outside.
2. You wake up and your dog is drinking the bong water.
3. Your cannabis plants look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
4. Your dog can take a shotgun as well as give you one without drooling on the joint.
5. Your friends come over and your dog singles out the one who is packing the dank.
6. You take your dog for a walk and he pulls you to the dispensary.
7. Your dog has his own connections and Uber account.
8. Your dog prefers to chill with you instead of getting laid.
9. You notice that your dog is eating you out of house and home.
10. You no longer trust your dog alone without locking up your stash.
Jokes aside, the medical benefits of cannabis for dogs include:
- Loss of balance
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Blood pressure
- Lethargic issues
- Breathing problems
- Skin disorders
Advancements in the medical cannabis industry for dogs has made a huge difference in terms of the quality of life for dogs who are suffering from the above conditions.
They can probably find their own plug