What is THC? What does it do to dogs

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THC works the same way in dogs as it does in human beings—it gets them high. While people deliberately consume compounds that rich in THC to enjoy themselves, dogs may or may not find humor in the ‘high.’

Even though THC-rich cannabis has medicinal values and you might think that giving the same to your furry friend is a good idea, it can come with a few repercussions. On the other hand, a calculated dosage of THC can help dogs with their anxiety and behavioral problems. 

If you have more questions about THC being good or bad for your dog’s health, then read on. 

What is THC?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound of cannabis plant, which is responsible for creating the ‘high’ in the brain. Cannabis plant contains more than 400 chemical compounds, most of which have considerably large concentration of THC, CBD, which has 0.3% of it. For this very reason, CBD has been excluded from the list of ‘controlled substance’ via Farm Bill, 2018

So, when humans, or in this case, dogs consume cannabis, or its compounds, THC connect with cannabinoid receptors and activates endocannabinoid system of the body, which gets them ‘high.’

Possible effects of THC on dogs

Cannabis is enjoyed by humans because they can work their brains through it. They have the knowledge of the mind alterations that take place after its consumption. The situation is different in the case of animals. 

So, when you give THC-infused chemicals, they sure as hell get high, but they usually don’t enjoy it. Instead, they become scared and disoriented because of it. If given in overwhelmingly high doses, it can also lead to coma or cause seizures. 

Some of the symptoms of THC intoxication in dogs include-

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Whining 
  • Dilated pupils
  • Low or high heart rate
  • Staggering 
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Tense muscles
  • Excessive drooling 

The above symptoms lead to a condition called Dog Ataxia, which can be toxic to your furry friend. Dogs are also more sensitive than humans. Thus, it takes a lot of time for THC to get out of their system. 

So, what can be concluded from the above matter is that THC is not good, nor healthy for dogs. 

Why CBD is good for dogs?

The question should be how CBD is good for pets because there are a lot of simple and safe reasons. To begin with, there is almost nil, or less than 0.3% of THC present in CBD, which makes it absolutely safe for consumption, for both humans and dogs. 

Apart from THC, there are numerous health benefits of CBD. There are many dog owners who claim to have seen tremendously positive changes in their dogs.  Some of these changes are listed below. 

  1. Reduced anxiety and depression:  Just like humans, CBD-infused products do wonder to serotonin levels in dogs as well.  A daily dosage of CBD helps dogs behave calmly and decreased anxiety also helps them fall asleep quickly and peacefully. 
  1. Better behavior: It has been noticed quite often by the owners that few weeks after CBD-intake, there is a dramatic (and positive) change in their dog’s behavior. They become more disciplined and active and also learn new behavior quickly. 
  1. Pain Relief: Researches have shown that CBD has powerful analgesic effects. It can successfully heal joint and muscular pains, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, etc. in dogs. 
  1. Stimulates appetite and metabolism: If your dog is suffering from an eating disorder or experiences lethargy or laziness quite often, then a daily dose of any CBD-infused treats can really in the stimulation of its appetite. It also reduces inflammation in dogs, which results in a better appetite and lesser digestive issues. 


The bottom line of it all is that higher dosage of THC is not good for the health of your dog. However, a daily dose of CBD has proven to improve its physical and mental health. If you are wondering which CBD-infused products would suit your friend the best, then start with CBD oil, capsules, and dog treats.  There are a lot of CBD-infused products available in the market right now. Choose the one that suits your dog the best.

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