A recent study shows that feeding donkeys marijuana buds are not recommendable. The Journal of Veterinary Investigation reported that donkeys fed on edible marijuana had their hearts beating abnormally and were lethargic. The symptoms lasted for at least 40 hours before being taken to the vet. 

The journal continued to state that the donkeys took longer to cool down from the high feeling compared to their human counterparts. In most instances, the marijuana toxicosis is witnessed by most animal vets. But with the availability of marijuana, there has been a significant potential for toxicosis among other species. 

This case study documented cannabis consumption cases in donkeys is the first as per the scientist’s knowhow. Scientists also got an opportunity to test that confirmed that the high signs were because of cannabinoids exposure. Here, they used a veterinary diagnostic lab for screening when testing cases of marijuana toxicosis in patients.

Research on determining whether the cannabinoid content caused toxicosis in donkey species was needed. For the treatment administered to donkeys consuming more marijuana, researchers recommended using gastric lavage, laxatives, or activated charcoal. Practitioners proved that the treatment mostly targeted reducing gastric absorption levels and cannabis effects significantly. 

Activated charcoal and gastric lavage are effective for cannabis toxicosis among canine ailments. According to the practitioners, the general rule on ethics of feeding cannabis to donkeys is to avoid intoxicating animals deliberately to minimize accidental ingestion issues. Canines, too, get intoxicated by feeding feces of cannabis consumption people. Other scientific research revolved around the impact of non-intoxicating CBD among dogs and horses.

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