Can a Dog Benefit from Hash Oil?

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Introduction

As several states continue to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana, people continue to create different ways to indulge in it. A few of these different ways include things like cannabis oil or hash oil. The term hash oil refers to a very concentrated form of cannabis oil. Many people consume this oil or apply it to their bodies and suggest that it has vast health benefits. 

The benefits for humans have been studied, and similarly, the same has been done for dogs. According to research, cannabis oil could possibly treat seizures, nausea, stress, anxiety, pain, arthritis, and some symptoms of cancer. But it, like any other medicine, comes with great risks for your pet - accidental overdose, an allergic reaction, and other bad possibilities. It's important to always work with your vet before deciding on whether or not your pup should partake in cannabis oil treatment. 

If you're curious, though, and want to know more about how cannabis could could help your dog, how you can tell if your dog has accidentally overdosed on cannabis oil, or simply want a better understand of what hash oil is, read on! We've got the ultimate doggy-hash-oil guide laid out for you! 

Signs Your Dog Could Benefit from Hash Oil

It can be hard to tell whether or not your dog could benefit from hash oil. First things first, you should always discuss this possibility with your vet before administering any kind of medication to your dog. However, if your pup suffers from any of these following conditions, it might be time to discuss with your dog-tor about whether or not hash oil could benefit your dog.

If your pup suffers from things like chronic pain - whether it's back, neck, joint, or more - then hash oil could be beneficial for your dog. According to research, when hash oil is utilized, relief is provided as the cannabinoids in the marijuana interact with the endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors that run through the body. 

If your poor pup suffers from seizures, anxiety, nausea, and other gastrointestinal issues, cannabis oil could be the key to helping your poor pup get some relief. If your dog suffers from any of these things and traditional medicines don't seem to be helping, chat with your vet about the possibility of hash oil application (if legal in your state). 

Of course, like any medication, your pup runs the risk of overdosing on cannabis oil. If you accidentally give your pup the wrong dosage or he or she gets into the hash oil without your supervision, you'll need to be extremely cautious. Your pup could suffer from THC  toxicity. This could make them either incredibly ill or even kill them. 

Body Language

If you are worried that your pooch may have overdosed on hash oil, watch for:
  • Cowering
  • Panting
  • Weakness
  • Drooling
  • Head bobbing
  • Ears back
  • Freezing

Other Signs

Here are a few other signs that your dog might be giving you to tell you that there has been a miscalculation with his or her cannabis oil prescription:
  • Aggression and agitation
  • Drooling
  • Hyperactivity
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Coma
  • Depression
  • Seizures

The History of Cannabis Oil and Dogs

Hash oil is a deeply concentrated form of cannabis oil that is - supposedly - more potent than cannabis oil itself. Hash oil, often called honey oil because of its golden color, is used to make balms, edibles, topical treatments, or can be smoked, vaped, or dabbed (by people, of course). 

Hash oil is typically used with dogs topically to provide relief from sore muscles, anxiety, nausea, and other GI issues. 

Where did hash and cannabis oils come from and how did they begin to be used for relief? Some research suggests that cannabis concentrates began to be formed and proliferated in the early 1940s, adapting from the pre-20th-century botanical extraction technologies that brought cannabis to the US Pharmacopeia to begin with. 

As we've begun to legalize recreational and medical marijuana in the United States, the focus on THC oil (cannabis oil) has been revamped, leading to a rise in hash oil enthusiasm since 2012.

The Science of Cannabis Oil for Dogs

Cannabis oil is a liquid that's derived from the marijuana plant that's concentrated into an oil that can be applied to your pup topically or orally. But, how does a liquid from a plant help heal your pup and remedy his or her pain? 

The marijuana plant contains trichomes, which are glands on the plant that contain essential oils and ratios of cannabinoids. When people create THC oil, they craft it with many different cannabinoids together (including THC and CBD). 

These cannabinoids in the marijuana will interact with the endocannabinoid system in you, or your dog's, body (a series of receptors that run through both of your bodies). This interactaction with the receptors of your body will help to subdue or modulate factors like anxiety, nausea, seizures, and pain. WIth the proper dosage, it shouldn't damage your dog's livers, kidney, GI tract, or get your pup high by any means. 

Training Your Dog to Take Cannabis Oil

Though dogs are typically pretty all-about whatever treat you're trying to give them, it can be hard to adjust them to taking cannabis oil. You've seen this sort of behavior before. Think about the last time you tried to give your pup a pill from the vet - remember how long it took to train your pooch to take the pill without trouble? 

Encouraging your dog to willingly take the cannabis oil your vet has prescribed could be equally as difficult. Whether you're applying it topically or orally, giving your dog hash oil could prove to be a little tricky. 

First, if applying topically, make sure your dog is well-versed in the "sit, stay" command chain. If your pup won't stay still, how can you be expected to apply the oil? Next, make sure your pup is entirely on board with the "no" and "leave it" commands. If your pup starts to lick the oil off, you might risk a bit of an overdose. If your pup can't deal with the oil and can't stop licking, consider applying the dreaded cone collar to your pooch while the oil absorbs. 

Next, if you're planning to give your pooch an oral dose of cannabis oil, consider training them to work with a syringe or an eye dropped. Some dogs won't have an issue with this, but others might find it a bit intimidating. To combat this, practice with water for a few weeks before you begin giving your pup cannabis oil. Repeatedly give your dog over-the-top praise when he or she does well so that you can reinforce positive rewards for doing well.

How to React if Your Dog has had Too Much Hash Oil:

  • Contact your vet immediately!
  • If instructed, induce vomiting.
  • Call the animal poison hotline.
  • Bring your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Reconsider how and where you're storing your hash oil.