Marijuana for Dogs: a Treatment or a Poison?

Marijuana for Dogs: a Treatment or a Poison?

ASPCA

Can dogs get high?

According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelly to Animals), an amount of reported cases with pets that ingested marijuana has increased in recent years. This, and the fact of increasing popularity of medical cannabis as a cure for human beings, make it necessary to find out whether or not the weed can be used for our pets.

The animals may be affected by marijuana. How high may your dog get? It depends on its weight, health, and the amount of ingested marijuana or the time of being near the marijuana smoke. When a dog ingests marijuana, the THC from it is metabolized by the liver. Then, it is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC―the substance that has a stronger effect than what you get from simply smoking marijuana.

The plant can affect the brain and the body of an animal. But, despite the fact of being affected, the dogs do not get high the way people do. They do not have any euphoria. Instead, our four-legged friends may get a number of unpleasant side effects.

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