When you think of cannabis-infused foods, you probably picture pot brownies and weed cookies, not feces. But there's actually a surprising amount of THC in the feces of cannabis consumers, and dogs are getting high off it.
We've written before about the importance of keeping your cannabis stash somewhere that your pets can't get into. While medical marijuana can certainly help dogs and cats much in the same way it can people, they're also susceptible to overdoing it just like we are. However, eating cannabis-infused gummies isn't the only way that your four legged friend could get an accidental high.
A Colorado vet claims that many of the dogs he sees each week in relation to accidental marijuana ingestion has nothing to do with their owner's personal stash. Instead, Dr. Scott Dolginow - owner of Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt, CO - believes that many dogs are eating cannabis-laced poop while out for a nature walk.
"70 to 80 percent of people say they have no idea where their dogs got it, but they say they were out on a trail or camping," Dolginow told Aspen Times. "I can't believe that the owners are lying."
Essentially, what happens is that after a person consumes marijuana, a certain amount of cannabis' intoxicating compound THC will linger in their feces. If a dog were then to eat this THC-infused feces, they could get uncomfortably high, depending on the poop's potency.
While it might sound strange to hear that there's so much human excrement lying around parks or on hiking trails, finding feces outdoors isn't as uncommon. Hikers, backpackers and campers who are moving through the area have to poop somewhere, and bathroom facilities aren't always available. While the standard practice is to bury your feces six inches underground if you're going to poop while hiking, not everyone abides by this rule.
Another potential source of human feces is the local homeless population, who may be defecating in these areas when they have nowhere else to go.
"It's unlikely that many people toss an edible or a roach on the side of the trail," explained Dolginow. "It also makes sense from the level of toxicity we see."
We didn't think we'd need to say this, but you really should clean up after yourselves, people.