Cannabis dispensaries today are always coming up with innovative and exciting products. According to Wall Street analysts’ projections, the industry will grow to $80 billion by 2030.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits and possible side effects of marijuana on humans. But how does it affect pets? In this article, we examine the impact it can have on cats and dogs in your home.
Risks of Cannabis Poisoning
The FDA warns that some pet products from cannabis dispensaries can be harmful to the health of your pet. In extreme cases, cannabis can cause severe psychological and physiological damage. Some compounds can impact the function of the liver and the stomach. Your dog may look stunned and uncoordinated.
Cannabinoid Receptors in Humans and Pets
Both humans and animals have cannabinoid receptors, including C1 and C2. However, the neurological pathways differ significantly. If ingested, cannabis can overpower your dog or cat’s senses, causing stomach upset and restlessness.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component of cannabis, is highly soluble in oils. If your pet ingests edibles, it can be fatal in extreme cases. Studies estimate the minimum lethal dosage for a dog is about 3g per kilogram of weight.
How Marijuana Can Be Harmful to Pets
THC butter products from cannabis dispensaries are the most potent to ingest. If your dog has a sweet tooth, it may succumb to the temptation to consume edibles made with chocolate or cookies. Dogs can also swallow unfinished joints of marijuana.
But even second-hand smoke can be quite harmful to dogs and cats. Their sensitive cannabinoid system may not handle the overwhelming effects of second-hand THC smoke. Typically, signs of poisoning will start to show about an hour after exposure.
Signs of Cannabis Exposure
About an hour after ingestion, your pup may appear confused. You may notice the dog struggling to maintain its balance. You ought to pay attention to other symptoms such as hyperactivity, drooling, and vomiting. Check if the pupils are dilated or glassy in appearance.
Keeping Your Pup Safe From THC
Make a point of disposing of your product wrappers or containers in a sealed bin or container. Both edibles and joints can be sources of exposure for your pet. If you notice symptoms of poisoning, contact a vet as soon as possible.
Veterinarians recommend keeping the information from the merchandise that came with the weed delivery. Some products have ingredients such as Xylitol and chocolate. Both of those ingredients are safe for humans but harmful to dogs and cats.
A vet will take samples of the pet’s urine for an accurate diagnosis. The vet may give the pet some medication to stabilize their heart rate and blood pressure. The information you provide can help with ensuring your pup gets better, faster.
Marijuana may be enjoyable for humans, but so far, studies show it is highly toxic to animals. If your notice any signs of cannabis poisoning, you ought to take action promptly.