The Right Way to Use Cannabis for Your Pets

No, you don’t want to get your dog high — but cannabis can still be good for them.

5 min readAug 11, 2022


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For years, the world has lamented helicopter parents and their obsession with keeping their children in safe little bubbles — but those parents have nothing on today’s pet parents. Modern pet parents are looking into every ingredient in their pet’s food. We are analyzing every treat, toy, and set of casual wear.

We want our pets to live better lives — and many pet parents believe that cannabis might just be the answer.

Is Cannabis Truly Safe for Your Pets?

Given how much we all care about our pets, it stands to reason that we don’t want to give them anything that will hurt them. In a world where many people are still on the fence about using cannabis themselves, it makes sense that they might wonder if it is truly safe for pets.

The answer is yes — and also no.

Cannabis comes with a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. Though there are estimated to be between 80 and 100 cannabinoids in a standard cannabis plant, each with their own effects, the average person really only knows about two — CBD and THC.

This is where a lot of the confusion comes from. CBD is generally considered to be safe for many pets. THC, on the other hand, is toxic for them.

While you can’t share your favorite brand of edibles with your dog because of its THC content (and some other ingredients, no doubt), you can buy some CBD for pets. Pet stores sell them. Dispensaries sell them. Vets can’t legally sell them because of current federal restrictions — but if you ask your vet in the right way, they can help you to explore what benefits CBD can bring.

It is believed that a CBD study being funded by the AKC will see these restrictions lifted soon.

Can You Just Give Your Dog Cannabis-Based Products?

There are a lot of cannabis-based products on the market, and that should make you think twice while shopping. As much as we all want to believe that people make pet products because they love pets — the truth is that many of them are just in it for…