Do Dogs Get High? Cannabis (Marijuana) Intoxication in Cats and Dogs

The legalization of cannabis in some states has led to publicized cannabis toxicity in dogs and cats. This is a serious condition and can cause life-threatening signs. Some people might be tempted to give their pets marijuana, especially for pets with cancer or chronic pain, but the risks far outweigh the benefits. If your dog or cat ingests cannabis, you should take them immediately to a veterinarian for treatment.

So does your dog get high? Yes! Dogs, cats, and other mammals have a similar system for processing THC as we do.

So does your dog get high? Yes! Dogs, cats, and other mammals have a similar system for processing THC as we do.

THC stands for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the primary component that produces the “high” in people. It also has many other effects on the body that are important to understand when discussing intoxication in pets.

Other cannabinoids are toxic to your pets, like cannabidiol (CBD), which can be toxic at very low doses compared to THC.

Cannabidiol (CBD), the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis, is non-psychoactive and does not cause intoxication. However, recent studies suggest that it can be toxic at very low doses compared to THC. While there are no reports of serious adverse reactions or fatalities due to CBD toxicity alone, because it’s so potent and easy to over-dose on, it’s best not to give your pet any CBD products whatsoever.

Cannabis plants produce hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids (including THC). Of these compounds, CBD is by far the most researched one—and also the most misrepresented one because of its popularity as a wellness supplement among humans who want to avoid getting high while still enjoying some of marijuana’s purported benefits such as pain relief and reducing anxiety or depression symptoms.

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Since you may come across this ingredient in pet products like hemp chews and treats marketed for dogs or cats online, it’s important for all animal guardians including veterinarians themselves know about this potential danger so they can inform their clients accordingly.”

Unlike people, dogs and cats cannot metabolize these compounds as well and they can quickly become intoxicated after ingesting cannabis products.

Unlike people, dogs and cats cannot metabolize these compounds as well and they can quickly become intoxicated after ingesting cannabis products.

The initial signs of cannabis intoxication in dogs are similar to the symptoms seen in humans: crying, salivating, tremors and muscle twitches. In cats, cannabis intoxication is rare but has been reported to cause vomiting and dilated pupils.

The take-home point is that dogs, cats, and other pets can become seriously ill after ingesting cannabis products of any type.

The take-home point is that dogs, cats, and other pets can become seriously ill after ingesting cannabis products of any type. The toxic effects of marijuana are not limited to your own species. While THC may only be dangerous at very high doses in people (and even then there’s plenty of debate), it’s been shown that THC can be toxic at very low doses compared to dogs and cats. If a pet has eaten a significant amount of marijuana product, they need medical attention immediately!

The most common signs of toxicity in dogs occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion and often last between 2-6 hours depending on how much was ingested.

  • The most common signs of toxicity in dogs occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours after ingestion and often last between 2-6 hours depending on how much was ingested.
  • Cats are generally more sensitive than dogs, and therefore the signs may be more severe and earlier onset (within 20 minutes) when compared to dogs that have ingested this substance.
  • It takes very little cannabis for a dog or cat to become intoxicated. For example, ingesting an entire small bag of commercial marijuana treats could result in intoxication in some dogs or cats, depending on their weight. Cats may become very hyperactive after consuming marijuana treats due to the THC content found in them!
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Conclusion

Cannabis toxicosis can be a serious problem for your pets. If you suspect that your pet has consumed any cannabis product, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will likely induce vomiting to prevent further absorption of the drug from the gastrointestinal tract and treat any signs that may occur after ingestion.