Luvi Silverberg
November 10, 2022

How to Get a Dog Unstoned


It's happened to the best of us. You're at home, minding your own business, when your dog suddenly starts acting strange. He's circling around the room, whining and clawing at his face. What could it be? Did he eat something? Should you take him to the vet? Or should you just wait this out until he passes out?

Your dog is unstoned because he ate your brownies.

If you've noticed your dog acting strange—yipping at the top of his lungs, biting everything in sight, or running away with your shoes—it may be because he ate your brownies.

Your dog is not stoned; he's unstoned. What does this mean? In summary: a dog who eats marijuana will feel calm and relaxed after about 30 minutes to an hour. But if you give him too much pot (about 10 times more than needed), he'll feel extremely anxious instead. He'll become paranoid and overstimulated as well as start hallucinating; these effects can last up to 24 hours!

To help get your furry friend back to normal again as quickly as possible, try giving him some Benadryl or diphenhydramine (an over-the-counter antihistamine). This will help combat any allergic reactions from the weed and ease any discomfort caused by ingesting too much THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis).

You are stoned and you have no idea what to do.

You are stoned and you have no idea what to do.

  • You can't call the vet because they will know you are stoned.

  • You can't walk the dog because you are stoned.

  • You can't put the dog in a cool, quiet place because you are stoned.

Call a vet.

If you or your dog is stoned, call a vet.

If your dog has consumed marijuana and you are concerned about him, the best thing to do is call the vet immediately.

Don't call the vet.

If your dog is stoned, try not to worry. It will pass on its own in a few hours and your pet should be fine. However, if you are stoned yourself, then maybe it's best to call someone else who can drive you home or help you out of the situation. If you are high and driving while operating heavy machinery (like a car), please avoid doing so at all costs!

Walk the dog around.

The first step to getting a dog unstoned is to walk the dog around. The exercise helps to clear the body of toxins, which will make him less likely to bother you.

Put the dog in a cool, quiet place.

The first step to getting your dog unstoned is to take them somewhere quiet and cool. The second step is to keep them there as long as possible, ideally until the high wears off, which can take hours or even days depending on the amount of THC ingested, how it was ingested (by smoking vs eating), and the sensitivity level of your particular dog.

If your dog has a history of being anxious or aggressive when confronted with loud noises or other stimuli, this may not be an option for you. In that case, call your vet immediately for advice on what steps to take next.

Wait it out.

The amount of time you should wait before bringing your dog to the vet depends on your dog's size and weight. If he's acting normal, he is most likely fine. If he seems uncharacteristically lethargic, retching or vomiting, or having trouble walking—or if you just want to be safe—take him to the vet.

It can take anywhere from two hours to two days for marijuana's effects on dogs to wear off.


The first thing you need to know is that your dog should not be put down.

It's true: dogs don't understand the concept of "going to sleep," so if you put them in a cool, quiet place, they'll just wake up and start wondering why everyone forgot about them. This can cause them further anxiety and stress. It's a vicious cycle!

The next thing: try not to panic. If you're worried about your pet's condition, call your vet immediately—but don't expect an answer at 2 AM on a weekend when there are no emergency care providers available.


We hope you found this article helpful. Remember, the best thing you can do for your dog is to make sure that they don’t eat any more brownies and that they get plenty of exercise and rest. If they still seem unstoned after a few hours, consult a vet immediately.