Did you know that animals can get high too? There are plenty of cases of pets and livestock dancing with Mary Jane. Unfortunately, many don’t enjoy the feeling as much as some humans, and, in large doses, cannabis can be harmful to animals.
But two cats in Massachusetts got totally spaced out, man! The woman who owned the cats had been growing several marijuana plants in pots inside her house. After a problem with her grow lights, she moved the plants onto her porch so they could still soak up some sun for a little while. However, the porch was accessible to her cats, and she soon discovered that they had a penchant for the ganja. She returned to find some of her pots tipped over, soil spilled everywhere, and multiple half-eaten marijuana plants strewed across the floor. Like any good social media user, she filmed what had happened to her beloved marijuana plants. Her two cats were lazily sprawled out under a couple of deck chairs, not moving too much and looking totally stoned. While it can’t be said for sure if the two cats were actually high, they appeared to be in no pain and were quite happy and relaxed. According to Ronald K. Siegel, who wrote the book Intoxication: The Universal Drive for Mind-Altering Substances, many animals are fully aware that certain plants offer different ways to get high. He has observed that many different species return to specific plants to experience their mind-altering properties again and again. Pictured below is one of the naughty cats who got a lot more than they bargained eating their mom’s plants! However, when you see what these cats looked like close up, I think you’ll agree that this will be their first and last dance with Mary Jane! There are many more well-known instances of animals getting high. Just last year, a herd of stoned sheep terrorized a village in Wales. The sheep wreaked havoc after chowing down on a bunch of marijuana plants. According to witnesses, the sheep began to roam the streets in a daze, ran in front of traffic, and they were even breaking into villagers’ back yards. This cat is so stoned that it doesn’t even care about getting its beautiful fur covered in soil! This is exactly what Siegel had to say about animal drug use, “After sampling the numbing nectar of certain orchids, bees drop to the ground in a temporary stupor, then weave back for more. Birds gorge themselves on inebriating berries, then fly with reckless abandon. Cats eagerly sniff aromatic ‘pleasure’ plants, then play with imaginary objects. “Cows that browse special range weeds will twitch, shake, and stumble back to the plants for more,” he added, while “elephants purposely get drunk off fermented fruits.” However, as you can tell, the woman’s other cat didn’t fare much better. Although, admittedly, it is still able to keep its eyes open! So it’s no surprise, that upon finding several unattended cannabis plants, that the two cats decided to have a munch. After all, cats are no strangers to using recreational substances – including catnip! I imagine this is what these cats looks like in the act of getting stoned… Cats go crazy for a little catnip, but did you know that the substance is actually used as a relaxant or sleep aid for humans? Yes, the magical treat that perks your cat up and makes him more playful will probably put you right to sleep. You can watch the two cats living the high life here: Despite its effects, roughly 33% of cats are strangely unaffected by catnip. This appears to be the result of genetics, but those unfortunate few could give cannabis a try. After all, those two cats in Massachusetts sure seemed to enjoy themselves! However, it turns out that it’s not just cats that enjoy catnip. This dachshund went wild the first time he tried it: But on a serious note, it’s probably not a good idea to let your pet have access to recreational drugs!