Why did my dog act weird around medical marijuana?

asked 2017-12-28 10:16:44 -0500

First of all, I don't use pot in any way, shape or form. Okay, my question...

I live in Washington state where recreational marijuana is legal. I have boarded my dog with various sitters and one kennel, which my husband thought the latter was sketchy, so we won't go there again. Anyway, a friend came to stay with us, and she uses medical marijuana cookie edibles while undergoing cancer treatment. I noticed the moment she took a cookie out before bed, my dog went crazy, and tried getting at that cookie after catching a whiff of it, and followed her all over the house. He NEVER does this, never, never, never. His behavior was so unusual, that I almost wondered if someone at the kennel has given him a pot edible before to keep him calm or mellow. Or am I just overthinking it? I don't know how pot works as I've never tried it myself, so I didn't know if my dog has really had a "hit" before , or if animals just act that way around marijuana. I'm soooo sorry if this is a weird question.

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answered 2017-12-28 17:39:04 -0500

I think you might be overthinking it a bit... It is possible that your dog may have known someone in the past, that he made a positive association with the smell of marijuana (even in its faintest smell) to mean human food treats or more affection are on their way. Dogs have a great sense of smell though, even going nuts for gross things like the smell of a dead animal. Other things to consider is the food type the edible was made with that made him excited. Also some dogs are much more attentive to individuals that they know are ill which could be another factor. I hope this helps!

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answered 2018-01-04 16:56:16 -0500

I'm in the medical marijuana business and I can tell you that dogs are not interested in the marijuana he was most likely interested in the other ingredients in the edible. And just further education on the subject, THC is toxic for dogs--in most cases it won't kill them, but it can make them very sick. The other cannabinoid in marijuana is CBD--CDB is non-psychoactive and safe for dogs and is being used to treat many different conditions. I give my 15 yr. old CBD oil every day and his shaky legs from old-age neurological issues stopped and he's acting like a puppy again

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answered 2017-12-28 17:28:44 -0500

The cookies must have smelled really good. I can't speak from experience but I don't think dogs are attracted to the smell of marijuana.

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answered 2017-12-28 23:46:45 -0500

No expert analysis here but it has been my experience that, just as with humans, all dogs (animals?) have their likes and dislikes. I’ve also noticed most dogs like pungent or odd odors. Seems like it calls to them. I don’t know if “like” is the correct word... I think it just stands out to them and they just have to get another whiff to find out more about it. I have also been in situations where a dog seems to obviously “like” marijuana while others will refuse to be in the same space with the stuff whether they’ve previously had contact with it or not. This doesn’t completely explain away your experience at all as I’m sure the reality of it is a mixture of everything the previous posters mentioned, but just thought I’d throw that in. Regardless of the truth, you shouldn’t worry too much about it. As long as your pup is healthy and not getting into anything you don’t want him to have he should be fine. Hopefully no one would do something like that to someone else’s pet, but to be honest I think it sounds more like your doggy was just being a curious pup! Also again, I’m no expert but just to maybe help put your mind at ease: I don’t think marijuana would have any long term effects on his behavior or mind in the unfortunate event that he was given some without your knowing or consent. Rest assured; he won’t be paw-ning your things to get his weed fix anytime soon!

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