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What is Marijuana Poisoning?

Cannabis sativa, or the marijuana plant, is a centuries - old plant which has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. This plant contains more than 400 chemicals, one of them being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol , commonly known as THC. 

THC is what brings about many of marijuana’s psychological side-effects and is similar to the chemicals that are made within our human bodies called cannabinoid chemicals. Receptors of cannabinoid are located within specific areas of the brain that are associated with our memory, pleasure, thinking, coordination, and sensory functions. Many people use marijuana recreationally for pleasure, although it is illegal in many states. Marijuana is also used for medicinal purposes in some states.

This plant is toxic to dogs, especially if a great amount is consumed. Marijuana is toxic to dogs and the animals usually come into contact with the plant by ingesting the supply of the drug that belongs to the owners. If dogs ingest at least 3 g / kg, toxicity can occur. Symptoms usually begin within one hour and may vary depending on the amount eaten.

Marijuana poisoning in dogs is a result of dogs ingesting the marijuana plant. Marijuana contains a chemical which produces various harmful side effects and cause poisoning in dogs.

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Symptoms of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has eaten marijuana, the severity of the symptoms is relative to the amount he consumed. Symptoms of Cannabis sativa poisoning include:

  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Hypermetria
  • Incontinence
  • Vomiting
  • Mydriasis
  • Body tremors
  • Bradycardia
  • Hypothermia
  • Agitation
  • Ataxia
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachypnea
  • Nystagmus
  • Excitability
  • Seizures


Dogs can become poisoned by marijuana in various forms. Different ways of marijuana ingestion that can greatly affect dogs include:

  • Inhalation of smoke
  • Ingesting pills or tinctures
  • Eating edible items that contain the plant, such as brownies, candies, cakes, breads, and other baked goods
  • Drinking liquids that contain marijuana oils, known as “shatter”, BHO, or “dabs”

Causes of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Causes of marijuana poisoning in dogs are the ingestion of the plant parts. The following may take place within one to three hours after consuming marijuana. Specific causes of poisoning are due to the following:

  • Central nervous system activity
  • The release of neurotransmitters in specific areas of the brain (frontal cortex and cerebellum)
  • Cannabinoids produce neuropharmacologic mechanisms 
  • THC is lipid soluble and easily distributed into organs and fat
  • THC affects the tissues of the liver, brain, and kidneys

Diagnosis of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has eaten marijuana, it is important to take him into the veterinarian even if he consumed a small amount. Although marijuana is an illegal drug in many states, it is still important to be truthful with your veterinarian in terms of your dog’s ingestion of this drug. The veterinarian will perform a physical examination, including blood work, urinalysis, and biochemistry profile. The urine will be tested for cannabinoids, and the veterinarian may also perform a gas chromatography test and a chemical ion test, called a mass spectrometry. Although it may take a few days for the results to come back, the veterinarian will still be able to come up with a diagnosis of marijuana toxicity by looking at the urine in the dog’s symptoms.

During the diagnosis, if your dog is agitated due to the chemicals of the drug, the veterinarian may need to sedate him. Benzodiazepines may be used to help calm the dog in order for the veterinarian to continue with his diagnostic techniques and to begin treatment.

Differential diagnoses do exist with marijuana toxicity, and these are prescription drug overdose, such as antidepressants, drugs that stimulate the central nervous system, xylitol, hallucinogenic drugs, and other similar human medications.

Treatment of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Marijuana poisoning can be serious if your dog consumed a large quantity of the plant. Due to the varying toxicities that dogs have, treatment methods will vary. Techniques the veterinarian will use to treat your dog may consist of the following:

IV Fluids

IV fluids may be necessary if your dog has been vomiting in order to prevent dehydration. Antiemetics may also be administered through the IV; maropitant and ondansetron are typically the medications of choice. Sedation may be given if your dog is overly excited. Diazepam and chlorpromazine may be given to assist in any negative central nervous system effects.


Your dog may be given a medication to prevent him from vomiting. Due to the toxic properties of marijuana and the sedative effects your dog may be having, any vomiting your dog does must be controlled and monitored. Repeated vomiting also can cause dehydration. Your veterinarian may decide to induce vomiting if your dog has a high level of toxicity and will follow this up with activated charcoal. 


Your dog’s oxygen levels and blood pressure will need to be monitored the whole time he is with the veterinarian and being treated. In severe cases of marijuana poisoning, many dogs are put on a ventilator or respirator. Thermoregulation is also conducted in severe cases.

Recovery of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Marijuana toxicity can be very serious if treatment is not administered as soon as possible. Once your dog recovers, your veterinarian will discharge him. When home, you will need to closely monitor his recovery and follow any instructions your veterinarian has given you. 

Your veterinarian will give you detailed directions on how to care for your dog and will tell you what you need to watch for in terms of any new symptoms. Depending on your dog, if his gastrointestinal tract was severely irritated from vomiting or diarrhea, your veterinarian may suggest a special bland diet while he is recovering.

It is important to keep any follow-up appointments with your medical professional so you can be assured your dog is becoming well once again. To prevent marijuana toxicity, it is important to keep all marijuana and all types of substances that contain marijuana out of the reach of your loved one.

Marijuana Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Breathing Difficulties
Won't move

My dog ate less than 2 grams of weed and is sleeping and won't move but twitches randomly. Also is breathing weird randomly this is bout 5 hours hours after she ate it

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Blue evaluated at your nearest emergency clinic to assess whether she needs supportive care, activated charcoal, or any other forms of treatment. Most dogs do recover from accidental ingestion of marijuana, but it can take between 1-3 days for the effects to leave their body, and she may need supportive care while that is happening. Some signs of marijuana toxicity include ataxia, dilated pupils, 'glazed' eyes, drop in body temperature, increase or decrease in heart rate, bizarre behavior, hyperesthesia, disorientation, somnolence, depression (may last 18-36 hours), coma, excitation is seen occasionally, drooling, tremors, respiratory depression, or death. Without examining her, I cannot say whether she needs care or not, so it would be best to have her seen. I hope that she recovers uneventfully.

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toy poodle
8 Years
Fair condition
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My dog ate half a pot brownie that was over 4 weeks old. She ingested it about 2 hours ago. She seems lethargic and is a little wobbly when she moves but reacts to her name. Hasn’t vomited or eaten since. I really don’t have the money to take have money to take her to the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how much of the brownie that she ate, or what the marijuana content was, but Lola is a small dog who has potentially just eaten a toxic dose of chocolate, or marijuana, or bacteria that may have been growing in a spolied brownie. She needs to be seen by a veteirnarian as soon as possible, as she may need supportive care at this point.

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Chihuahua Terrier mix
1 year 2 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, vomiting

MY dog ate under a gram of weed at about 8 pm, he's now very lethargic and he's vomiting. with these symptoms I'm aware he's been poisoned but my main question is: Is this dose fatal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
The problem with weed is that no two plants, buds, leaves etc… are the same because it is a natural product; I cannot find any specific information on the amount required to kill a dog, but I would recommend that you call the Pet Poison Helpline as they have a lot of information on thousands of different poisons. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dogs can't die for cannabis alone. They have an endocannabiniod system to process cannabis. Does not cross blood brain barrier. Won't stuttering down heart or respiratory . Can't say that about their drugs.

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Portuguese Water Dog
1 year 4 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unresponsive to name calling
Breathing normaly

My 10-13 pound Portuguese water dog ate about 10 9.6 grams of weed cookies and has been sleeping for about 3 hours since he ate them. I have no idea what to do or how to help him but if there’s any advice on how to make him feel better faster that would be great

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
There are many effects of marijuana poisoning in dogs and it also depends on how much was in each cookie; if Bubba is unresponsive you should take him immediately to a Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for treatment, there isn’t anything I can recommend you do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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About 5 months
Moderate condition
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Uncontrollable peeing

My puppy she's about 5 months got ahold of a pretty big marijuana joint she ate over half of it before anyone realised she had it. At first she was kinda acting aggressive then she just laid around and ate a little bit she hasn't drank any water. Now she's sleeping but starting to react when I call her name. This happened about at 3pm. I don't know what to do she keeps peeing but she's asleep when I try and more her she shakes and whines. Can't got to vet right now they are closed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Symptoms of marijuana poisoning are generally seen within two hours and if there was tobacco in the joint as well we need to be concerned with nicotine poisoning as well. If your Veterinarian is closed you should call the Pet Poison Helpline for further advice before your Veterinarian opens. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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1 Year
Mild condition
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We don't have the money to take my sweet girl to the vet but we suspect THC poisoning. We don't have any in my home but this morning at the dog park she ate something and since early afternoon she has not been herself. She is not vomiting and has a normal appetite. It just seems to be her behavior, and her having some trembling. Also her heart rate is about 110 but is regularly irregular. Is there anything I can do from home to help my sweet girl?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations

The resting heart rate of a dog may be between 70-120 beats per minute (Merck Veterinary Manual) so Rey’s heart rate is still within physiological range, plus younger dogs have a higher heart rate than older dogs. The irregular heart rate may be due to some existing heart condition (murmur or some conduction disorder) or due to some type of poisoning; there is an infinite number of possible poisoning opportunities at a park, I would recommend taking Rey to her Veterinarian regardless of cost but it is important to keep her hydrated and comfortable. Without knowing for 100% the cause of the poisoning and examining her, I cannot really recommend anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog went very sluggish, and wobbly. She dribbled urine and flinched went I stroked her head. Heartbeats were slow, 60 bpm. Happened within 1-2hrs after ingestion. Getting the fluids under the skin, charcoal in her belly and some testing that verified THC. $380-$440, worth it!

Wow that's's going to cost me $1400-2000 to keep him overnight, administer fluids and give lipids.....very pricey emergency clinic

My 12 year old poodle is at this very minute at the vets . He has had a hacking cough for a few months and a friend said to try cannabis oil as a remedy as it cured many illnesses in humans .. I am so we allowed it .He put about a match head of the thick oil into some cheese and gave it Gucci . Dog started shaking head , sensitive to touch and sound and started stiff joints , vomiting , dribly urine . lethargic and unstable in walking . Hopefully he will recover . I am so upset that this may cause his death . NEVER EVER TRY THIS ALL ..

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