Has your dog eaten weed butter? Are you worried weed butter will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We know it’s scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at weed butter and whether or not it can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Weed Butter?
Weed butter also referred to as cannabutter, is a mix of cannabis and regular butter. It’s commonly used in cooking, such as in making cannabis edibles, especially baked treats such as brownies and cookies.
There are two different types of weed butter: one that contains THC and ones that contains CBD. The CBD version of weed butter isn’t psychoactive, which means you don’t get high.
Cannabutter may also be used to help people with pain (such as cancer pain), be used as a sleep aid, and more.
While humans can safely eat weed butter, what about dogs?
Weed Butter & Dogs
Weed butter that contains THC can be extremely toxic to dogs, while cannabutter that only contains CBD is safe for dogs.
Dogs are more sensitive to THC than humans. The reason is that dogs have more CB1 receptors in their brains than we do. This is the very part of the brain that’s most affected by THC. A dog will become intoxicated by THC within an hour or less after eating the weed butter.
Death from eating cannabutter is rare, but it can happen if the butter contains a high amount of THC.
Symptoms of Weed Butter Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten weed butter:
- Dilated pupils
- Increased appetite
- Urinary incontinence
- Increased heart rate
- Increased respiration rate
If your dog is showing any of the symptoms above, then call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Weed Butter Ingestion in Dogs
First, you need to know there is no antidote the vet can give your dog. That means treatment will be based on supportive measures, which treat symptoms as they appear.
After examining your dog and running some lab work, the vet may try to induce vomiting and/or use activated charcoal. They will also monitor your dog’s vital signs, including his respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, and more.
For dogs that are unconscious, the vet will be concerned about possible aspiration pneumonia. So, they will monitor your dog to keep this from happening, if possible. Your dog may also develop hyperthermia. In that case, the vet will ensure your fur baby has warm bedding and heat to keep him warm and comfortable.
The vet will treat any other symptoms as they arise. Your canine companion may also require an IV for fluids and administering necessary medications.
The good news is that most dogs will make a full recovery after eating weed butter! And we bet that your dog will stay away from weed butter in the future!