THC For Dogs: High Or Highly Dangerous?
CBD is well known for helping pets with occasional pain, inflammation, and stress – just like it helps humans. But, is THC for dogs safe? What about THC for cats or horses?
Delta-9-THC is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp. THC is generally safe for adults and many enjoy its feel and the many wellness benefits it offers. So, we get many questions about using THC for dog anxiety and THC for dog’s pain. Unfortunately, THC is not safe for dogs, cats, or horses.
In fact, THC is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. This is because animals process many compounds differently than humans do. Many foods, supplements, and medications that are safe for humans are not safe for them. In addition to THC, animals cannot have chocolate, raisins, grapes, Macademia nuts, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, the artificial sweetener xylitol, and more.
Which CBD Products Can Pets Have?
Since THC for dogs is toxic, they should only have THC Free CBD Oil Products. This means that you should look for a CBD oil isolate, or, even better, a Broad Spectrum Pet CBD Oil. Broad spectrum means that just THC has been removed from a full spectrum oil. However, small amounts of other cannabinoids are still present, which heightens the effectiveness of the CBD. (An isolate only contains CBD.)
What Makes Hawaiian Choice Pet CBD Unique?
“Fit For Humans, Formulated For Pets,” is our Hawaiian Choice Pet CBD slogan. This is because our Pet CBD contains the same premium broad spectrum Maui-grown CBD (zero THC) oil and certified organic MCT coconut oil as all of our Hawaiian Choice products. Human can easily take this oil alongside their cat or dog.
The difference is in the dosing. The bottles come with weight charts with recommended amounts to take and a glass dropper for precision dosing. (Most Rare Cannabinoid Company / Hawaiian Choice products come with a spray cap, which is easier to administer but not as precise for doses as small as a drop.)
Also, unlike our other Hawaiian Choice tinctures, we do not add any terpenes or fruit infusions to our Pet CBD. In addition to avoiding potentially dangerous problems from THC for dogs or cats, the removal of these other compounds eliminates the risk that they could put them off consuming the oil or upset their stomachs.
What To Give (And Not Give) To Your Pet
If you’re looking into THC for dogs because you’re hoping to ease your dog’s discomfort or anxiety, especially ahead of July The Fourth fireworks and festivities, we recommend purchasing our Hawaiian Choice Pet CBD.
Whatever you give your pet, please make sure it’s made in a safe cGMP-certified facility, check third-party lab reports, and do NOT give them anything with THC, including full spectrum CBD oils – as they contain up to 0.3% THC.
As many states in the United States have legalized marijuana, there have been more cases of animals getting into their owners’ stashes. Here’s an article about how to know if your pet ate a product containing THC on NPR.
No THC For Dogs, But What About For Humans?
Although we advise absolutely no THC for dogs, However, as a human, please feel free to enjoy our THC Mood Gummies and full spectrum Rare Hawaiian CBD Oils in addition to our broad spectrum and isolate oils.
FAQS About THC For Dogs
Here we’ve compiled some of your most asked questions about THC for dogs and hope to fully answer any lingering questions:
Is THC bad for dogs?
Yes, it can be harmful and have various adverse effects on dogs’ health.
Dogs are more sensitive to THC compared to humans, and even small amounts can be toxic to them. When they ingest the compound, either through direct consumption or secondhand exposure (such as inhaling smoke), it can lead to symptoms such as lethargy, disorientation, lack of coordination, excessive drooling, urinary incontinence, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, and even seizures.
In severe cases, toxicity can be life-threatening. It’s important to note that THC is not the same as CBD (cannabidiol), which is another compound found in cannabis but does not produce the same psychoactive effects as THC. However, even CBD products should be used with caution in dogs and only under veterinary supervision.
If you suspect that your dog has ingested THC or is showing signs of THC toxicity, it’s crucial to seek veterinary care immediately. The veterinarian can provide appropriate treatment and support to help your dog recover.
It’s essential to keep all cannabis products, including those containing THC, securely stored and out of reach of pets to prevent accidental ingestion or exposure.
Can I give my dog THC for anxiety?
No, you should not give your dog THC for anxiety. CBD may be helpful for stress resilience in pets just as it is in humans. Although there are companies marketing THC dog treats for anxiety and THC gummies for dogs, these products are not safe. CBD should be given as a CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD.
How many mg of THC is safe for a dog?
We are often asked questions like “Is 5mg of THC too much for a dog?”
The safe dosage of THC for dogs is zero. It is not recommended to give any intentionally because pets are highly sensitive to the compound and can experience toxicity even at small doses.
As previously mentioned, animals have a much lower tolerance for THC compared to humans. The exact amount that can cause toxicity can vary based on factors such as the size of the pet, the concentration of in the substance ingested, and individual sensitivity. Dogs can experience adverse effects from even trace amounts.
If you believe your dog has been exposed to THC or is exhibiting symptoms of THC toxicity, it is crucial to seek immediate veterinary care.