VIDEO: After eating edibles, “stoned dog” is unable to stand up. Outrage? Nah.
A video of a dog unable to stand on its own after eating some cannabis-laced edibles is making the rounds of the Internet today as a warning of the perils of legalized marijuana. But we see something different.
The video, posted in April, shows a Siberian husky named Loki having a tough time indeed. The dog’s tongue lolls out of his mouth, he’s unable to stand. He’s stoned, all right.
According to the shock value-heavy U.K. Daily Mirror, the British tabloid known for paying out legal settlements after printing untruths which posted the video on Monday, this video is “shocking.”
We’re not so sure.
First of all, there’s intent. According to the video’s maker, the dog was not intoxicated for sport. It appears that a less-than-vigilant cannabis user left an edible unguarded, and the dog ate it.
“This guy loves to get into things,” wrote Tony Costa, who posted the video to YouTube. “After investigating we established that he had went into one of our friends bag and ate his rice krispie treat filled with marijuana.”
Second, he recovered — fully.
“After contacting our veterinarian friends we knew it was just a waiting game,” Costa wrote. “We kept careful watch on him for the next 20 hours. The next morning he was still high and able to walk, by that evening he was back to normal running around. And today he is back to getting into things again, guess he didnt learn his lesson :).”
What this is is a reminder of two things. One, keep your medical cannabis secured at all times and away from pets and children (and unsuspecting adults as well). Two, if by some chance someone does get into your stash, they will be OK. It may take a while.
For those who are outraged: Imagine if the dog ate prescription pharmaceuticals, a cigarette butt, or a dog dish of beer. Then imagine the outrage.
Reports of pets ingesting marijuana are on the rise in the United States, as a news story every few months or so reveals. As always, the formula appears to be the same: make the pet comfortable and wait it out — and try not to do it again.