8 Things You Need To Know About Dogs And Marijuana

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Dogs with Marijuana around neck: Dogs and MarijuanaTo legalize or not to legalize, that is the question. But it is just one of many questions we need to ask as dog owners in a country where the status of cannabis is in flux.

While we cannot predict whether your dog will be as excited about the legalization of pot as you are, we can help you better understand the possible items to think through before administering it to your canine companion.

We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions surrounding dogs and marijuana and researched them to provide answers for you.

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Cannabis vs Marijuana

The language used to describe the cannabis plant varies widely because it has many nicknames (marijuana, weed, pot, reefer, ganja and Mary Jane). The botanical name for a hemp plant is cannabis but we may use these terms interchangeably.

Can Dogs Get High?

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Yes, dogs can get high a few different ways.

  1. Ingesting marijuana leaves/buds directly
  2. Ingesting food laced with marijuana (cookies, butter, etc.)
  3. Secondhand smoke

What Happens If A Dog Eats Weed?

What happens if a dog eats marijuana? The dog gets high. And, if a dog ingests too much, then it could die. This video shows the marijuana effects on dogs and what you should do if your dog gets into your edibles.

What Does Marijuana Do To Dogs?

Size plays a significant role in how cannabis effects dogs. If two dogs—one 8 years old, 75 pounds and the other 12 weeks old, 3 pounds—get into the same size stash, the smaller dog will have a different reaction than the larger dog.

Some dogs also become more “paranoid” after getting high; this is often shown by them panting and pacing. It’s a challenge because you can’t determine which dogs will have this reaction until they are high.

How Does Marijuana Affect Dogs?

Below is a list of the affects of marijuana on dogs.

  • Lethargic
  • Breathing problems
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Loss of balance
  • Urinary incontinence

Is Marijuana Bad For Dogs? (Research Studies)

Is marijuana safe for dogs? There are cases where some dogs have had longer lifespans thanks to the use of marijuana. Despite the opening for funding due to a hemp provision in a 2014 farm bill, however, there is very little research that has been done to date. For this reason, we are unable to provide you with 100% accuracy as to whether marijuana is bad, good or safe for your dog.

Since 2016, there have been two clinical studies by Dr. Stephanie McGrath, a neurologist and assistant professor at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She studied the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in dogs with arthritis or epilepsy.

Is Cannabis Poisonous To Dogs?

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the risk of cannabis poisoning in dogs is moderate to severe. If your dog accidentally eats marijuana, you should call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control immediately. The ingestion of too much marijuana can be life threatening.

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe depression
  • Walking drunk
  • Lethargy
  • Coma
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression
  • Dilated pupils
  • Coma
  • Hyperactivity
  • Vocalization
  • Seizures

What About Medical Marijuana For Dogs?

Cannabis for dogs is a hot topic of debate. Some people are administering medical marijuana to their dogs on their own, while some pot shops are even selling dog treats laced with pot. Unfortunately, due to a lack of research, it’s unclear the proper dosage amounts for dogs, so administering it yourself can be dangerous to your dog. Different types of weed and cannabis oil for dogs has similar effects on dogs as they do to humans—increased appetite and decreased nausea. Medical marijuana has provided dogs relief for arthritis and cancer, but it is still not approved by the AVMA, ASPCA or any other organization.

Is CBD Oil Okay For Your Dog?

Yes, it is if it made with no more than 0.3% THC. This is the only kind that you will find when you buy from the companies that we recommend. You can read more about the companies and products that may help your pet most in our CBD oils review.

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More Research Needed

While we aren’t saying marijuana is bad for your dog, we aren’t saying it’s good either. There just isn’t enough research on dogs and weed right now. The dosage amount for dogs is different than it is for humans, so it can be a scary result if your dog has too much. We warn you to be careful and keep your dogs safe. We know for sure that these foods should be avoided, so reference it in case your dog ingests something else it shouldn’t.

Warning: It can be dangerous to give your dog marijuana. If your dog needs it for medical reasons, be sure to follow your vet’s protocol closely. As with any drug, giving your dog more than recommended, or giving it to your dog when it’s not necessary, is irresponsible. 

Do you think your dog needs medical marijuana?

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Raegen Dawn Ogden
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I have a German shepherd that’s a year and a couple months old. He has seizures and we give him medicine prescribed from the vet down here, but we also give him CBD oil capsules because when we don’t give him the capsule he will still have a seizure. I dont know if it’s the mixture of the two or that the CBD is building up in his immune system. But we ran out of the CBD capsules we have and got some more from a man who makes them for his son who had seizures but Is seizure free now. But these pills look a little darker than usual like they could have a little bit of thc in them and I dont see my dog act high but he does get very sleepy and its sometimes hard to wake him up which scares me but we cant not give them to him because he would have more seizures and im just wondering what I should do
Lexi
I do not feed my dog edibles, nor would I. The THC potency is too high and the other ingredients aren’t safe for dogs. My dog however loves weed smoke. She sits beside whoever is puffing at the time. Licks the smoke and if someone throws it out in the yard she will go find it and eat it. (Doesn’t happen too often because I use tips, my friends throw theirs) She doesn’t act like these dogs though. She usually just goes to sleep or wants cuddles.
Kandy Daniels
Giving my Baby a 10:1 now. Suppository style do to tumor’s on end. He’s doing Great..!!!
Shane
The only way weed will kill any one, your dog or cat included is if a ton of it is pushed out a plane and lands on them and crushes them!!!! It will make them sick/high but I have yet to hear of any death attributed to marijuana. Please post some proof of your supposition instead of spreading false information
Helen
Thank You Shane I’m hoping you’re so right. ❤️✊
Lisa
Hiya guys. I’ve heard that prolonged use of cannabis products (edibles) for dogs is potentially toxic as there livers cannot process it? It’s similar to the effects of chocolate ingestion over a prolonged period of time. Is there any truth to this? I have a 86kg/190 pound Boerboel male who suffers with elbow displaysia & I’m considering using edible cannabis products for him but have a lingering concern about what a canine liver can handle for a prolonged period. Any suggestions or info on this topic will be much appreciated. Many thanks.
Alex Schenker (Admin)
Hi Lisa, can you elaborate on which cannabis products/edibles you’re referring to? I ask because the term “edibles” gets thrown around a bit loosely these days. Are you referring to oils such as CBD or hemp or edibles containing THC? Also if you wouldn’t mind sharing your research, we can dig in and give our readers more accurate information on this topic, thanks!
Thcadvocate
My dog has spinal cancer as well as some cancer the grows into her nervous system. I was told if removed they grow aggressively and my dog will be miserable. I started give gabbapenton my dog started having small seizures or strokes. Even though it’s supposed to stop them. I removed all meds and went cbd. Dog perked up and starts living a normal life. 2 years later I’m seeing a bit more stiffness and pain. So I used my thc vape pen a small blow through her nose and my dog runs around like a puppy at 14 years old with spine cancer and unremoveable tumors pot saved my life and it’s saving my dogs get over pharma
Dart Barreras
You really need to rewrite every “Marijuana” to “Cannabis”… for the sake of all things good. Thank you. <3 PS:Less robots on the "ask a dog vet now" area if possible!!
CHARLES THOMAS
My bulldogs are so my healthier now after chewing marijuana stalks!!
Jennifer Smith
I love cannabis. I guess my dog loves it too!
Jennifer Smith
My dog loves to sniff on my cannabis edibles! I think they also love the effect!
Courtney
There definitely needs to be more education and information out there about animals and cannabis. This video makes me sick. It is seriously not funny what these poor pets are feeling. I almost lost my dog due to her eating cannabis. Cannabis that was put up high and in a sealed container, which she hunted down and chewed her way into. These pets cannot tell us how they’re feeling, if they’re scared, or in health danger. My 100 lb lab pup ate muffins that only had cannabis sugar dusted on top, but ate many…which equaled to Alittle over 100 mg of THC ingestion. She was definitely high, very sick the first day, very lethargic the second, and started having severe tremors on the third. Several weeks later, she is still periodically having tremors while she’s resting or whenever she gets anxious. When this originally happened, I immediately took her to our emergency animal clinic and then followed up weekly with our vet, and even the veterinarians in my area have very little or no information on treating this. Unless there is an actual health need that requires you to give your pet cannabis, don’t do this to them. Don’t blow it their face, don’t feed it to them because they act funny. They don’t always like it. And it’s a shame to see how people laugh because their pets are high. You can cause life long problems for these poor animals. Which is not only extremely scary but very costly. I personally wish there had been more information out there for me to read so I knew what was happening and how to help her.
Tivne
My dog had eye problems but her meds are causing harm now and I am hoping for an alternative. I know THC reduces eye pressure…but I also don’t want my puppy to be high or sick from pot. She also has tumors that bother her the vet said they can do surgery but the tumors always come back…I want her to be comfortable in her last days…What is the lowest dose to give a 7 lbs dog to reduce her interocular eye pressure? Anyone’s constructive thoughts are welcome.
Tone
The easiest way would be to blow smoke in her face honestly 2 or 3 slow consistent blows should be more than enough she’s only 7 lbs and you’re not trying to get her baked just relief
Thcadvocate
Use a thc pen you do not have to inhail for every hit its 90% thc 10 gbd since in vape form no threat to the dogs lungs. My dog has spinal cancer is 14 and runs around like a puppy
siggy
thank you!! very well said!
Tyler Ford
There’s more info than you think. Very little actual science has been done about k9’s and cannabis. CBD proven to be helpful. I keep hearing people say that it’s like dogs eating chocolate….who did these studies that compare the effects of pot and chocolate and says there body reacts the same way. Here’s a thought be a better pet owner. .. i noticed right away when my puppy chihuahua might have ingested some but i don’t know that for sure took him to the animal hospital incase he got to roach poison. Completely different effects i found out roach poison your dog will act more amped up racing heart etc. Since 2016 there’s only been a few studies on the effects of thc and k9. There has been no conclusive evidence of either being good or bad. Alcohol is bad for us and kills our liver yet a glass of red wine can help you. Just because your dog ate too much (which sux) but it is very rare that any complications happen. My chihuahua now likes it sometimes a little smoke blown his way he’ll actually jump up in my lap so he can get some. He then likes to search for things play with his toys then sleep. When i took him to the animal hospital he wasn’t able to keep his eyes open and just wanted to sleep. Dogs aren’t all that different from us when it comes to pot it’s about correct dosage which is where “good” pet owner comes in you should know your dog well enough to know if your dog doesn’t like the effects or the effects are too much. My pit before he died would move a little farther away when he didn’t want the effects. Which brings me to another point… in humans how is it that someone can sit in a hotboxed car breathing the second hand smoke yet still pass a drug test? Because they thc levels are greatly reduced to very small amounts think about it how are we getting high if we’re blowing out all the thc? I remember when it was legalized in Washington and i smoked some oil that was much stronger than anything I’ve had before and with a very low tolerance. ..effects i was nauseous and actually threw up couldn’t keep my eyes open due to it making me feel sick to try and focus on anything i just wanted to sleep it off. Sounds pretty similar to dogs. Here’s my suggestion as an animal lover and someone that just wants dogs to be happy… first off if your going to get your dog high you should probably wait till they’ve matured (just incase there is any effect on developing young dogs minds to be on the safe side until more studies have been done) then if u decide to…for anyone who has never done any drugs. .. make it an experience for them give them a treat our two let them experiment with how they feel, i like to compare it to mushrooms the kind not sold in stores. . Treat them like you were tripping with a friend and it was thier first time. ..set the mood reassure them that thier ok and thier a good dog. Then change thier minds to something else if thier not liking it aka a treat or favorite toy. Pot always makes everything taste better your dogs will agree. Make sure you go on the lighter side smoke is easier to give them a more accurate dosage, one you can see the effects almost immediately, it doesn’t last as long, edibles your assuming you know how much to give them. Edibles and dogs eating actual bud is different if they eat the weed a large portion of the thca will not become thc the edibles if done correctly you’ve turned the thca to thc by heating it. If your dog doesn’t like it, it may be too much or a strain they don’t like same for people try something with higher levels of cbd in it and a low thc. When i do give my dog some i usually use oil that’s not been made using butane. I get something that’s got as much cbd in it as possible and enough thc to have the desired effect. I use oil opposed to bud so that it is more pure and he doesn’t need very much meaning less smoke which he doesn’t care for as will most dogs. If you want to make sure it’s a very small hit then hold it in longer before blowing it out to absorb more of the thc out of it. There’s no science to prove anything right now but what we do have is tons of experience people have been getting thier dogs high for a long time and you’ll here good and bad stories. Then examine them further what were the conditions did the dog get into some edibles did it inhale some smoke, etc. I know to lots it’s as simple as use your head, know your dog, and moderation. But to people that believe every horror story they hear without actually doing the research or having enough common sense, there has been little to no actual research that’s been done and no conclusive answer so anything anyone tells you including your vet can’t tell you definitively anything really. If they are telling you like it’s aknown fact then you know for a fact that this person already doesn’t know what their talking about and that’s a fact. If your getting your dog stoned just to laugh at them then grow up. Treat your dog like you love them because they dont have the option of leaving and finding a new family. Pots not a deadly drug we need to fear…more research. ..of course! We always can use more research but until that’s been done we can only use our best judgment. Personally cbd oil from the vet doesn’t do much for my chihuahuas anxiety and pot doesn’t always help either different stains have different effects. ..if possible when you find a strain that seems to have the desired effect try to stick with that. Like people most may not want to go out where there’s alot going on until it’s built somewhat of a tolerance to it and the levels it can handle. For the first few times just have only people close to it be around and try to make it enjoyable for them. Sometimes your dog will just want a little and fall asleep in your lap that’s where i notice the help with anxiety those little noises from Neighbors or whatever else that normally make him edgy and not let him get into a good deep sleep. Instead he’ll start snoring and not react to things outside the house. They’ve prescribed dogs pot unofficially for years fir dogs With cancer or other life threatening illnesses especially when it’s taken your dogs appetite. Like i said pot always makes things taste better. I’m just so tired of misinformation… until there’s actual studies on k9’s and weed it’s most likely misinformation or opinion. So ask them is this a fact or are you assuming something and why? If they tell you fact at this point in time probably bs if they say it’s because the vet told them. … the vet doesn’t have access to information that we don’t so how do they know better. They studied animals but not pot. And assuming someone else is right about a something neither side knows for a fact is true is just reckless. There are so many bad vets out there allot of good ones but too many bad. No one should know your dog better than you so the best option is to use your best judgement. Do some research using studies done on humans as a way to setup a hypothesis and take it slow. Your not going to have an answer in your dog’s lifetime unless you feel it’s worth trying. Because if they haven’t started yet it’ll take a few generations of dogs to get any kind of data on the long term effects. Make your dog happy, a happy dog lives longer. And even if it took a year off thier life did it make the rest of thier lives better? That’s how you know if you should or shouldn’t is thier quality of life better with or without it, something a very can’t necessarily answer your the one that’s there everyday your the one that’ll know. ☺
Nevadadawg
I have a 45 pound dog that is a retriever/cattle dog mix. He is a rescue and had a rough start in life. Even though quit spoiled he goes into these fits where he is terrified. It could be wind or a car ride etc.. He becomes crazy and unmanageable and can’t calm down. Vet gives us doggie Valiums which don’t work and I am loathe to up the dosage. What works is I have started making batches of cannabis infused oil. I bake the cannabis to decarb it then put it in a crock pot with organic coconut oil and let it rest on low overnight. when he starts to get crazy I give him a small amount( pencil eraser size) He chills very quickly and will relax. He sleeps some but mostly just chills out and enjoys the ride. His heart rate and breathing get back to normal and when let out to stretch his legs will run and have a ball. I am careful how much I give him and have not seen any side effects. I use about half ounce to a pint of oil. He has regular vet checks and I feel very confident that I am not doing him harm but helping. There are lots of opinions but I would argue that nobody knows that sweet boy as well as I do. I don’t understand the opinion that if it comes from the drug store its fine but I am irresponsible for giving him a natural substance. I do agree that it is very important to have a good idea of dosage.
Tivne
I don’t have any idea how to do this, and I don’t think it’s approved (pot) in my state yet, I need to find out…but my dog has eye pressure and mammary tumors as well. She is 13 and surgery options for both issues are off the table. She only weighs 7 lbs. I am afraid of overdosing her since she is so tiny. Would I just use more coconut oil in her case? I don’t want my baby to miserable in her last days and the vet said one of her meds is degrading her eyes and to stop giving it to her…but now I am afraid she has too much pressure. Any thoughts are appreciated.
Janice
Very interesting my daushund die Aug? A friend said to ease his pain blow pot smoke on him… He was 15 years old.. I didn’t cuz I don’t smoke pot.. He did wait till I fell asleep to die..he stroked out.. I’m crying now miss him… RIP Odie
Romit
It is great information, right dosage and use can be helpful for pets. So one must keep into consideration that dosage being used for medical marijuana
Tatiana Wilson
It got me when you said that CBD is okay for dogs for as long as the owners follow the recommended dosage of not more than 0.3% THC. I am not sure about how CBD can help my dog, so I will go to the vet to ask all about it. My brother just suggested it to me after seeing my pet a little bit lethargic. Hopefully, it turns out that it can really help. I’ll just make sure to follow the rules.
melfordblue
My dog seems to like it. I can be in my house with the back door open with her sitting in the garden, when she gets a whiff of it she comes in and sits next to me. I don’t know whether she likes the smell or effect or the fact that not long afterwards I’ll probably get some snacks out and there’s a great chance of getting some food.
Joy
I have a 10 year old 60lb Catahoula hound . She has two torn acl’s for the last three years. Just in the last six months , she has gone down hill. Not getting around to good, breathing hard, and in pain. Vet had her on Tramadol but gives her costapastion. Now i’m Researching marijuana for her. These days it is scary! You here about it being laced with other stuff!
This will be a last ditch effort before putting her down as I don’t want her suffering. Any information will be greatly appreciated .
Buttman
Really unlikely to be laced
Erin StJean
hey my name is Erin StJean and Inmake my jack Russell with similar issues peanut butter cookies I like knowing what is in them this many recipes later my dogs love the peanut butter recapies iv yiu would like to try it I use CBD cocanut oil always bought from online dispensarys that are licensed I can send you links to the site I use and the recipe my dogs love all it takes is a small portion of cookie and her seizures go away she seems not in any pain acts like a puppy but never acts like dogs high in that video… feel free to contact me erin_dalestjean@hotmail.com or facebook Erin Greenwood StJean
Tivne
You have to get it from a dispensary. Colorado, Washington state as well as other states have legal dispensary. Don’t go to some street thug. You have no idea what is in that!
Greenmachine
I truly don’t mean any harm by this but, “some street thug,” is more likely to give you a lessor quality weed rather than lacing it with something nefarious.
Josh
My 80 pound blue nose has what is called cluster seizures.he developed epilepsy at the age of 4.it started w 1 seizure a month then the next month it doubled.i researched for days and found out as long as the seizures were not frequent and didn’t last longer than a minute that I should just monitor him,if the seizures start becoming more frequent or lasting more then a minute or so then I should start being concerned (obviously every case is different)well last month he had 44 seizures in one night,I rushed him into the vet.he suffered neurological damage from his brain not being able to reset itself from so many back to back seizures. Thought he was gonna die.long story short,the phenobarbital worked for 2 weeks and the seizures started coming back.he wouldn’t sleep for 3-4 days cuz the seizures happened 9 times outta 10 when he was sleeping.and I honestly feel like he knew that cuz he fought sleep for those days,he would pace all night long and whine like u never heard a dog whine before.the not sleeping was effecting him like it would us,it was making him a dog that I didn’t recognize, aggressive, acting very weird.seemed like he didn’t know wtf was going on.i gave him half a weed cookie and he slept for the first time in 4 days and zero seizures that night. I said frig yeah and made a big batch in my crock pot the next day(plenty of slow cooker weed butter recipes on YouTube).hes been on a small amount t of butter now for 2 weeks twice a day and no word of a lie,night and day difference. When u couple the phenobarbital w a small amount of thc it works wonders.and I don’t k ow if this proves my poi t or not but 1 week ago I was like,jesus maybe I’m effing up my dog,hes obviously high all the time now,kinda wobbles around like a drunk person maybe I’ll take him off the weed butter for a couple of days to see if the phenobarb has leveled off in his system and maybe we can take him off the butter all together…24 hrs later he had another seizure….put him back on the butter that night,haven’t had another seizure since.my vet and I are on the same page,she says I cant legally tell u to give ur dog thc but nobody knows you’re animal better than yourself, if u are finding that this is working for you then keep doing it,if ur dog is walking around like a zombie and sleeps all day long maybe u have him to much.i recommend experimenting w the dosage and finding what works for u.hope this helps if u have a dog w epilepsy. Any more questions email me at threeprecenter@gmail.com my name is Josh.
Tivne
I am so glad you found a solution for your pup. It makes me so frustrated that this natural, rather benign plant(compared to scripts) is an issue. I know my dog would benefit and get relief from her gloucoma and mammary tumors (they itch her) but I am nervous because I don’t think my state has approved pot yet…and probably never will… last I heard it was up for a bill… So stupid I should have to stress out over this. I feel sorry for my dog because I know I am denying her comfort that SHOULD be available at a time like this. I think it’s inhumane in a way but I do my best with her…
Raquel
First of all not all the the information on this article is correct. If a dog gets into your stash it is like eating greens outside with even benefits behind that. What I am trying to say a dog can only feel the affects of weed if it is decarboxilated. In other words burned already and although it acts as an irritant when blowing in face small
Amounts will not hurt them. If you intentionally get your dog high just for your entertainment that is wrong but if you are trying to subside anxiety or pain then it would probably help.
JanB
My 7-pound, Chihuahua mix had to be euthanized because she had THC poisoning/toxicity. We have no idea where or how she ingested it, but we can only surmise someone threw their leftover butt into our yard because she had not been outside of our fenced yard (5 1/2 foot privacy, wood fence). It affects different dogs differently, and of course the size of the dog matters. It is the THC that killed her. She had labored breathing, very low heart rate, and sliipped into a coma. Don’t give your dog marijuana unless you know the risk. Would I give my dog a CBD bisquit for dogs, probably – the THC is removed. Would I ever knowingly give a dog marijuana – absolutely not – a dog does not have the ability to chose. Again, know the risk.
M R S. Garland C.. Hunt
Absolutely do not give any dig cannabis. It can and will kill them, especially small dogs.
If they recover their personality/temperament may be altered permanently.
Nevadadawg
You have very strong opinions on this subject, May I ask if you are a vet or have training? I would say that the key as with any medicines is dosage for size, and watching for allergic reactions.
Tivne
Poor little thing…I am so sorry for your loss…but thank you for sharing. I am ambivalent about what to do for my poor little pup (13 yo) who has multiple health issues. I’m glad to hear a contrary point. Bless your little fur baby. <3
Chris
A roach wouldn’t kill the dog. If weed killed the dog (highly unlikely, and you never said it did for sure just listed symptoms) it would have taken much more then a roach even for a small dog like that
Amara
So I have a 4 mouth bugle chwawa Pom mix she got a hold of my mothers medical marijuana and she was bobbing her head back and forth and now she is nodding of and sleeping her stomach is really hot and her nois is dry please tell me what to do
BIG Savage
Nothing. Just supply water and a kind hand to hold them. They will be fine.
Carolyn
My dog got a hold of a nick of weed. He’s 5 years old do you think he’ll be alright
Josh
I don’t want to be critical of weed, although I haven’t used it and don’t intend to. But my 200 lbs St Bernard has seizures and even on the phenobarbital he gets two minor seizures once a month. What I don’t like about this discussion is the fact that there is no, absolutely no, guideline for how much to give, and what to give, proportional to weight. It’s a bit typical of the as yet non-scientific data on use of marihuana in general, since here, in Canada, and in most of the US, it has been illegal for so long so it was impossible to do proper research either for humans or animals. So we have to go by incidental comments and build our own experience. For larger breed dogs, vet bills are prohibitively expensive since any med treatment is a multiple of smaller dogs. Phenobarbital is not that expensive (about $50 per month), but it does not fully solve the issue for my dog. I’d like to give him edibles, but have no idea as to the quantity.
Mark
I have an 11lb 1 1/2 year pom. 1-2 times per week I give her about 0.1gram of organic plant. I make sure not to give her enough to make her dizzy or uncomfortable.
Carolyn
I think you should just give it second hand smoke because if you don’t know the amount it’s better to blow smoke in his face‼‼
RAquel
Have u tried CBD oil for dogs. It is the healing part not the THC part. I give it to my Koa who is 100 pound staffy. He was a bait dog before we got him and it left his memories with anxiety. It has helped him. They also have the 1 on 1 ration CBD oil and THC. MY FRIEND TOLD ME ITS THE BEST OF WORLDS. Speak to your doc. I got my stuff at a local pharmacy where I get my meds.
Alli
I just bought CBD/THC 6 mg of each. I was going to give to give my 100 lbs bully a drop a day. I’ve read a lot about the THC being bad for dogs so now I’m not sure what to do. Any suggestions would help.
Thank you
James R. Steffel Jr
Give him a half dose(.03mg) and he should be fine
James R. Steffel Jr
I have a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever.He is larger than the average adultale,by about 40 lbs.At close to 100 lbs,I give him a half of a edible gummy or brownie.In either case, it’s about .05 THC.Seems to work well for his anxiety ( especially when there are a lot of people around,),and I have noticed zero side effects
Rocky
I have fead my pit edibles before and he’s just fine… he gets super relaxed and just falls asleep for a while…
Peter
Never ending scare tactics made by non-users and illogical people with a degree. How many dogs have died from eating cannabis? 100’s? 1000’s? 0? “Life Threatening” Fak…everything COULD BE considered life threathening. “The young boy drank life threatening amounts of water during the hockey game.” What is a life threatening amount of THC for a dog? Nobody has a clue so stop using these fear mongering words when discussing cannabis.
My dog recently ate 1/2 a brownie that fell on the floor and was tossed the woods for the ants to enjoy. He was stoned 8hrs. I stayed up with him to make sure he didn’t freakout at any point in time. He was mostly sleepy. After a few hrs I took him for a pee. He was wobbly going out, but after was hyper and energetic until he saw the couch again. Dogs experience the same symptoms humans do. It last longer with them due to body size, but it won’t kill them or cause any serious problems. That statement is far more accurate without an education to back it than the comments some of these vets and doctors are putting out there who have never consumed cannabis themselves.

Point is, don’t feed your pet cannabis as they can’t express their choice to consume drugs, but if your pet does consume cannabis, just know that in 2-10hrs they’ll be fine.

Kim
My 13lb, 14 year old mini schnauzer recently became extremely lethargic after a short walk around our town. I let her sleep that night and in the morning when she is normal full of energy, she was same, extremely lethargic and her eyes were bothering her. Vet said most likely ate a marijuana butt. I watch her constantly so she doesn’t eat things on a walk because people throw out all kinds of things. If you have an older, small dog you don’t know what could be wrong with it when they act like that! It took her 4 DAYS to completely be back to normal. People need to be aware what can happen to your dog if it eats cannabis. NOT all dogs will be fine in 2-10hrs!
Monique Guevara
I think the same may have happened to my dog what did you have to do for her?
Ms. Courtney "Cork!" A. Coleman
Not scientific, canines die from THC, suppressing their heart rate they slip in a coma.
GrizCO
The information in this article seems very out of date. The only people who refers to dispensaries as “pot shops” are anti marijuana advocates. I’m no PHD but I have formal education in Cannabis (cultivation, breeding, extraction, genetics). As far as dogs getting sick from eating raw cannabis, I would like to see your sources. Harvested cannabis, i.e. nugs, joints and processed marijuana, it’s possible that some of the oils and resins on the flower could affect your pet. Overall, there is no evidence of cannabis ever killed anyone or anything without additional contributing factors. With animals it is most likely the toxins like chocolate and artificial sweeteners (Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs.) found in many edibles. Understand that CBD and THC are different things. By all means give your dogs, kids, grandparents etc. CBD. Cannabis is the only source for THC. However, interestingly enough it is not the only source for cannabinoids. Human beings also produce cannabinoids, that is the reason we have an endocannabinoid system. This system is actually the largest group of receptors in the body. Most CBD products have trace amounts of THC. That small amount of THC activates your endocannabinoid to make better use of the medical properties of the CBD. That high feeling from THC is your brain telling you that it has more than enough THC, thanks. Too much CBD can make you feel loopy. Neither side effect is deadly. The reason your body holds onto THC for so long, is because your body is not rejecting it like other drugs that leave your system within 72 hours or sooner if flushed out. That being said, dogs are one of the many species, like humans, that have an endocannabinoid system. Meaning, dogs have receptors for THC and CBDs and it is not a foreign substance to them.

I recommend using CBD products for dogs over getting them high. If for any reason, dosage. It is too difficult to determine how much is too much from smoke since the dog can’t tell you. CBD products tell you how much is in each product, and dogs don’t need the THC, they are happier than we are most of the time already. Imagine that your dog already sees in Blacklight (UV Spectrum), do they really need a psychoactive?

Jimmy
All of us in colorado calls them pot shops
Peter
Ya lots of people still call them pot shops, but I agree it’s an old term. Depends on where you live and your circle of friends. Dispensaries is what we call them.
M R S. Garland C.. Hunt
Exactly.
Sebs
The best comment read on this topic. Every article you can find on the internet is mostly biased. Non are peer-reviewed or have citations.
M R S. Garland C.. Hunt
That was a waste of time trying to impress with your complete lack of scientific knowledge on the ACTUAL SUBJECT…
DOGS DO DIE FROM INJESTION OF CANNABIS.
Thcadvocate
Proof?
Tivne
Thank you for that. I heard it’s the THC that helps with tumors and eye pressure problems. Both of which my 13 yo dog has… would CBD be if any benefit? I also don’t want my dog to feel crappy and high either. So I am not sure how to proceed. She is only 7 lbs and I feel like she could easily overdose on cannabis with THC…Any thoughts? Would CBD help her eye pressure and her tumors with no THC?