Because getting high is natural, and humans do not want to feel alone in this stoner world, here are some animals that love to get high:
1. The Doggie Doper
We have all heard the story of the dog who ate the pot brownies. The dog starts acting weird, drooling, walking in circles. Then, the owner discovers a plate of brownies missing. Each year, thousands of high dogs go to the vet. Let’s be honest though; they are eating it for the food, not to get high.
But the reality is the marijuana (in small doses) is less harmful to them than the butter and chocolate which cause them to vomit. Like humans, dosing is essential. Dogs have a considerably lower tolerance than people because their weight is so much less. Dogs also sober up a lot slower because their metabolism is slower. If your dog eats a large amount of brownies, you should take him or her to the vet, but even a small amount will likely give him a stomach ache 🙁
Dogs can also get high from second-hand smoke, but it’s minimal and harmful to their psyche. Here’s the difference, we know that what we do gets us high, but dogs don’t expect the high, so don’t understand it, which of course can be freaky for them if you think about it. When you blow smoke in your dog’s face, he or she may as well be smoking too. Of course, the intensity of his high depends on the exposure. Just be kind to your doggie, and don’t get him high.
2. Wallabies on Opiates
Just south of Australia sits the Island of Tasmania. Full of parks and wildlife, it is a treasure for tourists from around the world. It is the only place in the world where you can find Albino wallabies. Coincidentally, this island is also the producer of 50% of the world’s legal opium.
The famous wallabies have been known to break into poppy fields and eat significant amounts of the opioid flowers. When food is hard to find, they rely on farmer’s crop to survive.
The former state attorney general Lara Giddings once told a parliamentary estimate hearing, “We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles…Then they crash. We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high.”
3. Horses going Loco
Locoweed is the most widespread poisonous plant in the Western United States. It is responsible for the loss of more than $300 million of annual income due to deaths of poisoned livestock. Horses go crazy for this stuff, as the name suggests. There are over 300 species of locoweed across the United States which means it’s hard to identify for novice eyes and can be found in almost any pasture. Before much was known about the plant, farmers thought the animals who consumed it caught locism, or “craziness.”
The plant is a neurotoxin. In large amounts, it is catastrophic. However, in small doses, it is hallucinogenic. Livestock who eat exhibit odd behavior. They may overreact to various stimuli, become shy, or and rear up and flip backward. They may also walk with a lack of coordination. Like many drugs, the plant is addictive and over an extended period of time can cause psychological damage.
4. Reindeer and Magic Mushrooms
Reindeer in the Arctic Circle deliberately search out toxic mushrooms with hallucinogenic properties. They dig for them in the snow and seem to have an innate ability to find the rare mushrooms. Amanita muscaria mushrooms create an altered state of mind for those who eat it, human and animal alike. Siberian natives, enchanted by the strength of the reindeer, used to collect the urine of the reindeer after eating the mushrooms and drink the psychoactive pee to contact the reindeer spirit. They discovered the plant is much too poisonous for humans to eat directly, but chances of vomiting substantially decrease after the reindeer processes it once.
Mushroom expert, Andy Letcher! Wrote in his blog, about meeting a reindeer herder and trying the urine once, while living amongst the Saami. They collected the urine, boiled up in a pot and shared round.
I don’t drink and I’ve never taken any drugs. But I took some when they passed it round. Well, you have to, don’t you? They expect it. Anyway, I was high as a kite I was, high as a kite. There was an old eighty year old grandmother with us, and I fancied her, that’s how high I was. High as a bloody kite!
Consuming the mushrooms, either directly or through reindeer pee, is reported to give the consumer the feeling of flying. This characteristic is thought to be the beginnings of the story of Santa’s flying reindeer.
5. Jaguars and Hallucinogenic Vine
Like other cats, Jaguars enjoy chewing occasionally on leafy greens. Your household cat may like your house plants or grass. Jaguars of the Amazon rainforests chew on vines. In particular, they prefer the ayahuasca or Yage vine–a plant known for its psychoactive effects. When the big cats eat on the vine, they become docile and kitten-like. It has a similar effect as catnip on domestic cats.
The name ayahuasca is a Hispanic spelling for the Quechuan phrase “vine of the soul.” Shamans of tribes in Peru in Colombia still use the vine today in religious and healing ceremonies. They first took note of the plant after observing the Jaguar’s cheerful demeanor when eating it. Perhaps ayahuasca is most famous for the narcotic brew Shamans use to induce a transcendent state they call ‘jaguar eyes.’ The hallucinogenic drink is thought to give them the power of their beloved Jaguar.
6. Domestic Cat and Catnip
Hey, you know this one! But maybe you do not know how it works. Catnip is a herb related to mint. If you plant it in your garden, it is likely to grow like crazy.
While it does not work for humans, catnip will get your cat high. Nepetalactone, the particular chemical that attracts cats is found in the stem and leaves. When your cat bursts the leaves, the smell produces a “high” similar to LSD. The cat rolls around and becomes hyper. When ingested, it creates a sedative more like marijuana.
The effects for catnip only last for about 10 minutes. In addition, catnip is not addictive. If they ingest too much, they may get diarrhea or puke, but nothing serious. Sadly, only about 50 percent of cats are affected by catnip.
I bet you had never imaged all of the animals that get high. Using plants like marijuana to create an altered state of mind is natural. They have been used for thousands of years to heal illnesses and better understand our surroundings. Yet today, we demonize these treasures of our culture. When you take note of all the animals getting high in nature, you better appreciate the instinctive desire to smoke a joint.