Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 06:59 pm
Can hamsters get high?
Yes, hamsters can get high because they, like us humans, have cannabinoid receptors that enable this effect. Hamsters can get high if you smoke in the same room where is the hamster.
At the same time, hamsters may have dizziness, may have a greater appetite for food, but may also have major problems with breathing and lungs.
All these effects of the weed depend on and can be different, everything depends on the hamster itself, its weight, age, and size.
In today’s article, you will find out what the effects of getting high are in hamsters and how you can get high safely without harming your pet.
Can You Get A Hamster High?
As we said at the beginning, hamsters can get high, because they, like us humans, have cannabinoid processors, which actually allow hamsters to have that feeling, that is, to get high.
Regardless of whether you smoke marijuana in front of the hamster, or your pet ingests it through food, the effect will be the same, that is, the hamster will introduce marijuana into its bloodstream.
What exactly happens in the hamster’s body?
Marijuana ingredients pass through his bloodstream and act on his endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS), which has a role in balancing his body.
When TNS binds to ECS receptors, various processes are interrupted and then the hamster gets high.
That’s why we say that smoking in the same room with your pet will cause certain signs of getting high, such as:
- appetite for food
- lung damage
Now that we know how marijuana works in the body of hamsters, let’s see which two ways hamsters get high.
Direct intake of Weed
Direct ingestion of marijuana can happen if the hamster eats seeds or edibles from marijuana, while normally it will not know exactly what it is taking into its organism.
This can happen accidentally if you have dropped marijuana seeds on the floor and your pet has found them and eaten them.
This type of ingestion of marijuana is very harmful to the health of hamsters, therefore marijuana should not be used in the same room where your pets are.
Any passive smoking of weed will also affect the health and behavior of the hamsters.
The more the hamster is exposed to the smoke, the greater the effects will appear and he will get high.
You will notice that your pet will slowly become lethargic, his eyes will be red and he will start to feel sleepy, so he should not inhale the weed smoke.
What are the effects of getting high in hamsters?
The effects of getting high in hamsters depend primarily on the weight of the hamsters, their age, and their size.
When hamsters get high, they can have short-term, but also long-term effects on their behavior and health.
Short-lasting effects are:
- decrease in heart rate
During these short-term effects, the hamsters, depending on the amount of weed ingested, may also get the effects of red eyes, a certain level of relaxation, and a decrease in blood pressure.
The long-term effects of marijuana use in hamsters are:
- heart problems
- liver damage
- lung damage
- problems with the reproductive system
Sometimes the hamsters accidentally eat some cannabis without our permission and start behaving strangely, i.e. get high.
In any case, the cannabis Sativa plant should be kept as far away from hamsters as possible, because it can obviously cause dangerous and permanent problems with their health.
Let’s read in a little more detail about the problems from marijuana to hamsters.
Marijuana causes respiratory problems
Hamsters have small lungs and are very sensitive to smoke and can easily get respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis.
Respiratory problems from marijuana in hamsters are:
- heavy breathing
- rapid breathing
- heavy panting
In such situations, you should immediately take the hamster to a veterinarian to examine it and prescribe appropriate therapy.
Hamsters can be poisoned by TNS
TNS is an abbreviated name for Tetrahydrocannabinol, a component of cannabis that, when it enters the bloodstream through cannabis smoke or edibles, can cause poisoning in hamsters.
When hamsters overdose with TNS, the following symptoms appear:
- rapid heartbeat
- poor coordination
If hamsters inhale too much marijuana smoke they can fall into a coma and die.
A vet checkup is best in these situations to help your hamster get better as best it can.
Strange behavior of hamsters
When hamsters are exposed to cannabis, they can become hyperactive for up to 24 hours.
At the same time, the hamsters become wild, they run too much, they exercise, and they can easily get injured.
They may want to eat much more than before and drink more water.
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What to do if hamsters accidentally get high?
If the hamsters accidentally get high we need to act immediately to improve their condition.
A window or door should be opened immediately so that clean air and oxygen can enter, which at such times is of great importance for hamsters.
Observe the hamster and wait to see how it behaves in the next few hours.
He will develop symptoms of bad breathing, lethargy, red eyes, and other symptoms as a result of inhaling or eating marijuana.
If his condition does not improve, you should take him to a veterinarian to help him.
How to get high safely without harming hamsters?
There are several ways to safely smoke weed or store marijuana without harming your hamsters.
Let’s look at how to successfully protect your pets from marijuana when you are at home, or when you smoke weed.
Keeping Marijuana safe when you’re at home
The most important thing is to keep the marijuana in a safe place so that the hamster cannot get to it.
You can keep it in a drawer or somewhere high up in a box so that the hamster can’t have access, because if it happens to be down on the floor the hamster can quickly pick it up and run away.
A glass box is a good solution because the hamster will not be able to open it and try the weed.
It’s most dangerous when you put out a cigarette on the floor or somewhere low, so be careful, even though when you get high, you may forget and accidentally put out a cigarette on the floor anyway.
In any case, all types of weed or something similar should be away from hamsters.
Safe smoking of weed
If you want to smoke marijuana in front of the hamsters, you should be very careful, although it is best to do it in a different room.
Because when you smoke weed, you can easily forget about hamsters and their safety. When the hamsters inhale the smoke from the marijuana they will start to behave strangely ie get high.
If the hamsters try to eat a little marijuana food then because of their size they may have big problems, and they won’t be able to adapt to the new feelings and emotions.
An overdose of TNS can lead to hallucinations, increased blood pressure, and death in hamsters.
That’s why marijuana should be as far away from hamsters as possible, regardless of whether it’s food or weed smoke.
How to grow marijuana safely
If you grow marijuana in your garden you should be very careful about your hamsters.
However, it should be emphasized that raw cannabis will not make a hamster get high, because cannabinoids need heat to convert into molecules that can be used by the ECS.
In any case, the best solution to protect the hamster from possible poisoning if they eat marijuana is to install a garden fence in the yard.
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Hamsters can get high from catnip
Hamsters can also get high from catnip, although primarily this herb is given to cats, however, if given to hamsters it is not harmful to them.
The composition of catnip contains nepetalactone oil, which allows the hamster to get high.
Hamsters will get high if they breathe in nepetalactone, and they can ingest it through oil extract, dried plants, and fresh catnip plants.
Nepetalactone acts through receptors in the nose of hamsters and affects the hypothalamus and amygdala in the brain.
Through them, the hamster actually begins to get a change in emotions as well as other effects on their behavior. Nepetalactone in any case causes a feeling of getting high in hamsters, just like in other pets and animals.
Hamsters can get high if they inhale weed smoke or eat marijuana.
The consequences can be as simple as diarrhea, drowsiness, and dizziness, or much more serious as problems with the heart, respiratory organs, and the overall function of the body.
Marijuana in larger quantities can be fatal to the life of hamsters.
Finally, smoking weed or eating marijuana should be as far away from hamsters as possible, in order to keep them healthy and to reduce possible dangers that may happen to them.