Can Animals Get High On Marijuana?

ram-RACannabis can have tremendous benefits for sick creatures, but veterinarian Dr. Andrew Springer Browne, who has treated numerous pets that got a hold of their owners’ pot brownies, warns that animals should never ingest THC. Via the The New Inquiry:

Yes, an animal can get high on marijuana, but I would call it a very bad trip rather than being stoned or high.

The main clinical signs in dogs are low body temperature, dilated pupils, increased sensitivity to noise and movement, being unsteady on their feet. The animals are usually distressed and whimpering or howling. With really high doses they are collapsed, with a slow heart rate, barely responsive. This can last 24 to 48 hours. Usually they survive.

I would say though that any amount of marijuana is too much for an animal. Also, marijuana can have a variable amount of THC in it and also may contain contaminants like fungal spores, pesticides, or fertilizer.

15 Comments on "Can Animals Get High On Marijuana?"

  1. BuzzCoastin | May 26, 2013 at 10:33 am |

    most animals have plants and substances they use to get high
    many enjoy naturally fermented foods
    but the only animal I know the likes pot are humans & some pigs
    but the pigs are only into it for pig reasons

  2. nozodurendozuuo | May 26, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    Some Dogs and cats do indeed seek cannabis for it’s intoxicating effects and I believe deer also seek it out.

    The issue is in the dose. No animal (nor many humans) Enjoy eating edibles which are very often incredibly potent. It comes down to the dose. I once knew of a dog who would chew through denim pant pockets to get to a baggie of cannabis inside. I know of a cat who would beg for pot leafs to eat. That said, it’s cruel to get animals high against their will or to overdose them.

  3. OregonIan | May 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm |

    Whoever wrote is ignorant about cannabis and I would assume has an anti-canabis agenda. When pot is eaten and digested by the stomach it is processed very differently than smoked- this goes for people and animals. Depending on dosage, of course, it can have very strong psychedelic and narcotic effects and can last for up to a day or two.

    “Usually they survive”- that is a huge lie. It is impossible to eat enough weed to die from. However, it could be dangerous for someone with a compromised heart. Also, to warn against “fungal spores, pesticides, and fertilizers is an anti-cannabis red herring. Yes, those things are dangerous for any creature to ingest, but that has little to do with cannabis itself . We should also be worried about these substances in the food we feed our animals.

    That being said, I think it’s selfish and stupid to force anyone- people or animal to ingest cannabis and accidents should be avoided.

  4. gigamonkey | May 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm |

    This doctor is wrong. People are using Cannabis right now to help their dogs fight cancer. Look into it. Pretty amazing. If a dog eats cannabis can gets sick look into what else it ate. A chocolate brownie without the pot will really mess a dig up.

    • Ted Heistman | May 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm |

      So can pot. First of all dogs weigh less than people. So a small dose for a person is a huge dose for a dog.

    • Animals shouldn’t become home medical experiments.

  5. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few dogs over the years who were quite partial to the herb.

  6. Kilgore Snuffy Trout | May 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm |

    my cat just rolled me a joint

  7. Ted Heistman | May 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm |

    I witnessed a crazy hippy give her dog daily treatments of a cannabis tincture. The dog hated it. She was treating him for a benign growth on his neck. It seemed like it might be working. But the dog definitely, knew it didn’t want the treatment, and it would get disoriented and stressed out afterwards. The dog was on his last legs and suffering. Its tough having an old dog you don’t want to put down, but I thought what she was doing was stupid. She was a complete pothead herself. In Olympia WA you get a lot of people that think pot is the cure for everything.

    I am for legalization, but I have witnessed both extremes, living in Olympia WA around lots of pot heads kind of tempered my view of pot.

  8. Adamas Macalz | May 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    This isn’t entirely true… I used to get my dog high and go running for a couple hours… he was ecstatic the entire time… sometime I would stop and he would just run in circles until I started back

  9. BustedinTucson | May 27, 2013 at 11:02 am |

    My chihuahua was very sick and seizing violently when we threw out the barbiturates the vet gave us. She also counciled us that he should be put down soon because he wasn’t going to get better. No being should be stoned without their consent but with death the other option we gave Yoda full extract cannabis oil. That was six months ago and he has not had seizure since. We stopped giving him oil two weeks after starting treatment, he did not enjoy it, but I can’t believe thc is toxic to dogs if my ten pound chihuahua survived the prolonged heavy dosage he recieved

  10. OMG PET WEED MADNESS! sly piece of propaganda here.

  11. Bruteloop | May 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm |

    People often hate being people so they ingest stuff that makes it seem better sometimes and get off on that. Obviously that can have good and untoward outcomes. As far as I can understand, animals are pretty content just getting on with being themselves. Don’t impose your own needs and fascinations on them. If they need it they will have most definitely have found it in their past if it is produced in nature. Don’t Disney-fy them more.

  12. doodahman | May 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm |

    This is nonsense. “Howling” whatever. Maybe if they ingested raw leaves that were sprayed with anti fungals or pesticides. But from smoke? Not effing hardly Dr. “Browne” if that is your real name. My girl’s cats Chico and PC will not leave moi alone until they’ve had not one, not two face fulls, but their fill of smoke. And in my experience, it’s really hard to get a cat to do something it don’t want to.

  13. sonicbphuct | May 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm |

    I had a dog that got into a bag and ate at least 6 grams. She then found the bag of food (40 lb) and enjoyed herself a bout of the munchies to the tune of at least 5-8 lbs. When I got home, she was just rolling on her side, farting and burping with a stupid smile on her face [no kidding, she was really smiling]. Since she only had 3 legs to start with, I carried her out and she spent the next hour and a half crapping. She never stole another bag off the table, but she did sit awkwardly close when someone was smoking.

    Of course, as a matter of principle, I disagree with getting any animal high. If the animal does it, fine – but having a human do it ->to<- them is just F*'d up.

    On that note:

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