You’re probably well aware that if you’re a pet owner, it’s very important that you keep your cannabis stash somewhere that your four-legged friends can’t get into. However, you may not be aware that you could be getting them high just by smoking around them. Second-hand cannabis smoke can lead to accidental intoxication in pets, which can easily become become distressed and disoriented if you hotbox a shared space.
Because your pet likely weighs a whole lot less than you (unless of course you’re the owner of a very large dog, or perhaps a horse), it won’t take very much cannabis to get them high. Even the small amount of THC – cannabis’ intoxicating compound – found in second-hand smoke can affect them. And that’s not to mention that dogs have way more cannabinoid receptors (the chemical receptors in the body that interact with cannabis) than humans do.
All of this means that getting a dog high is way easier than you might expect.
In some cases, even third-hand smoke can affect pets. Third-hand smoke if what you call the smoke that lingers in things like the fabric of your furniture or in your clothes. Cats and short-snouted dogs are particularly sensitive to third-hand smoke. This means that smoking either outside or in a well-ventilated space is best if your pets react poorly to cannabis.
If you must smoke inside with all the windows closed, you might want to consider using a vaporizer. Vaporizers can reduce some of the risks associated with second- and third-hand smoke, but they can still affect your pets.
Chances are that if you own a pet, you like that furry little thing more than most of the people in your life. So, you should consider their wellbeing before lighting a joint while Fluffy is sitting on your lap.