We get it: Edibles are tempting for both humans and our animal counterparts.
But although it’s hard to do, it’s especially important to keep tempting pot brownies and other weed edibles away from pets.
Stopping them from snacking on your stash could be the difference between life or death for your furry friend.
THC Reactions in Pets
If your pets ever happen to ingest THC, you may notice them appearing dazed, disoriented, and overall confused. Their eyes may glass over, and they may begin to drool or even start becoming hyperactive and easily startled.
When this happens, your pet is usually unaware of why they’re feeling strange and may have difficulty walking and maintaining their balance. This is the best-case scenario.
In the worst cases, THC ingestion can affect the heart rate and body temperature of pets. They could end up having seizures, falling into comas, or even dying.
The size of your pet and how much THC they have ingested will affect the severity of present symptoms. Signs of toxicity can be seen anywhere from five minutes to 12 hours after an edible has been consumed.
The reason why THC is toxic to pets but not humans is that dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains than we do. Just a small amount of cannabis to a human may go undetected, while a dog may feel full psychoactive effects after having only a nibble of a pot brownie.
What to Do if a Pet Has Ingested THC
If you notice that your dog has eaten a pot brownie or other weed edible, be sure to take them to the vet as soon as possible. You can also call the Pet Poison Helpline for immediate advice.
CBD Reactions in Pets
Although THC is potentially life-threatening to animals, CBD is not the same.
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a chemical derived from the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause a high or have any psychoactive effect. CBD products are often derived from hemp and not a marijuana plant at all.
CBD edibles for pets are often used for their anti-inflammatory properties, anti-nausea effects, anti-anxiety effects, and even to help pets get their appetite back.
Safe Weed Edibles for Pets
While you should never feed your pets anything from your stash, several websites offer specialized weed edibles for pets.
You’ll often find edibles in the form of oils, soft chews, or treats. Oils and tinctures are the best way to measure exactly how much CBD your pet is ingesting. Unsurprisingly, however, your pet may prefer treats or soft chews for their flavour. When purchasing weed edibles for your cat or dog, be sure you’re buying from a reputable seller who has specifically made the treats for pets. It’s always better to pay more and be safe than to gamble your pets’ life on a cheap treat.