Should you get your dog or cat high? You’re feeling great. You love your pets. Why not share the good feeling?

Don’t do this.

No. You shouldn’t.

Dogs (or any animals, for that matter) don’t respond to weed the same way we humans do. Cannabis lowers a dog’s blood pressure and heart rate but elevates anxiety and stress. It makes the animal lethargic and may cause an irregular heartbeat or incontinence.

And size matters. A Chihuahua is in more danger than a Great Dane.

Your pet’s system overloaded with THC may lead to seizures, comas and severe depression. Veterinarians  report lethal cases of pets choking on their own vomit while unconscious.

Though dogs and humans have cannabinoid receptors in the brain, dogs have more of them, and thus, are more susceptible to marijuana. They get higher—for longer.

And if your dog or cat gets into the pot brownies or the laced chocolate dibs, the risk of harm and even death, especially for cats, is even greater. Chocolate is known to be bad for cats and dogs, causing seizures, diarrhea, and vomiting. It’s dog and cat poison.

And you don’t want to poison your pet.

What’s more, dogs can’t interpret the high. They don’t know when or if it will end and so are thrust into hyper stress mode. And they’re more susceptible to injury while high (just like humans). Besides, getting a human or animal high without their consent is highly (pun intended) unethical.

But you can give your pets CBD. It’s non-psychoactive so won’t get your pet high.

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Do this.

Just because the government has been asleep at the wheel on CBD (and still is), doesn’t mean you should be. Since the DEA still lags on de-scheduling CBD, there is no great wealth of studies confirming or disconfirming the medicinal benefits of CBD on animals. But that doesn’t mean there’s no medicinal benefit to animals.

CBD is used to treat numerous medical conditions, including arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. It’s been used to treat autism, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, epileptic seizures, and ulcerative colitis, to name just a few conditions responsive to CBD treatment.

So, if you watched your ten-year old, anxious, snippy Australian Shepherd turn from anti social, mistrusting, and nervous to puppy-friendly, chill, and peaceful (she was practically throwing peace signs on July 4th), then you might believe in CBD’s power as an anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory.

I did.

Clearly my Aussie has arthritis. She has a hard time getting up and down. And that’s probably one reason she’s been so grouchy the last couple years. She’s also inherently or environmentally-induced anxious. My family and I rescued her as an 18-month abused puppy with severe anxiety. 

Not since being on CBD, though. She’s been on a steady diet of once a day, two squirts in the mouth of CBD oil for four months now and clearly she feels better. She can run with her housemate, the two-year old Husky, who she ignored before starting CBD; now they play and wrestle. And finally she’s warmed up to people she’s known the last ten years but never before greeted.

She’s a new dog.

Every dog has its day.

Every animal is different—as is every human. They come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. While CBD may not cure your pet’s cancer or other terminal disease (there are too few studies that link CBD to curing disease), it may help abate symptoms.

CBD comes in a variety of media—sprays, tinctures, edibles, and lotions—and is easy to administer. Full spectrum CBD oil is hemp extract with a wide range of Cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, chlorophyll, terpenes, protein, and fiber. Nano-enhanced CBD oils are fast acting oils ten times more absorbent than other CBD oils.

With any product purchase, be sure you’re getting the most effective CBD oil for your pets and read the packaging for quality and dosing.

For your pet’s sake, no THC, yes CBD!