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Treatibles, the hemp treats I give my dogs, only have CBD in them, which is naturally relaxing but cannot produce a “stoned” or “high” effect (all funny memes aside.) THC is the element in cannabis that produces a psychoactive effect. So my dogs do not “trip ballz” when I give them treats. They do calm down, though, which is very nice for me.
CBD is naturally relaxing but cannot produce a “stoned” or “high” effect.
My dogs have a few things they do, no matter how much exercise they get throughout the day:
- Bark like little seagulls when I get to the door
- Wake me up between 4:00 and 5:30 am by marching around on the bed and punching me in the face
- Sit on the floor, staring at me and groaning impatiently (they start about an hour before dinner time)
- Go completely nuts whenever anyone visits
- Bark loudly enough to startle the wine out of my hand when another dog walks by
- Go into hiding and resent me for days after I swat a fly
- Hide behind my shoes or in the bathroom during a thunderstorm or fireworks
Cannabis has helped all three of us mitigate these behaviors. CBD treats make them more chill, better company, more pleasant to other dogs, and more willing to sleep in. Never have Treatibles made them less productive (they are already a couple of little freeloaders), or remark on the size of their own paws.
It just makes them more chill, better company, more pleasant to other dogs, and more willing to sleep in.
I also give them a calming herbal supplement regularly. It takes about three weeks to have an effect, though, so I like to give them Treatibles if they are about to be in a particularly stressful situation.
The hemp treats were recommended to me by a friend who told me one time she accidentally gave her little chiweenie twice the recommended amount, causing the dog to just stare into a corner for a while. That sounded great to me. Unfortunately, there’s no completely stopping my naturally manic terrier mixes.
And after winding down with a hemp treat:
Eddie even lets Noodles sit on his head sometimes, without a care in the world! They are better hosts when friends visit, better company when I take them out, and less nervous around loud noises. Last year, I noticed that Eddie was limping a little bit. He’s a jumper, so it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he’d pulled a muscle or overexerted himself on some hardwood floors. He just seemed stiff, grunting even as he was adjusting his position on the couch.
I made an appointment with his vet the next day, but in the meantime I used Treatibles to ease the pain and discomfort. He loved it. And the next day he was, of course, totally fine and normal in front of the vet. That little faker just wanted to get stoned.
So if you have a small seagull-barking, early rising, groaning, over-eager, wiggling, anxious, fearful nutbag of a dog who is a little bit extra all the time, all I can say is that hemp helped us. If it sounds like a route for your dogs, talk to your vet first.
This post is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice.
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