Canine Cannabis Consumption Increasing over Time

June 10, 2021

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As cannabis use grows in popularity and becomes less restricted in North America, more dogs are accidentally consuming products containing THC, according to a new University of Guelph study.

The first-of-its-kind study published in PLOS Global Public Health, is based on U.S. data, but the problems are similar in Canada, say the researchers.

“We found in the data that there was an association between a reduction in penalties for cannabis use and possession and dogs being poisoned with cannabinoids,” said lead author and PhD candidate Mohammad Howard-Azzeh, who worked on the study with Dr. David Pearl, a professor in the Ontario Veterinary College’s Department of Population Medicine. “There is some evidence to suggest these poisoning events are increasing in the U.S.”

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