Cannabis in the right doses is very therapeutic for dogs as it can help battle cancer, siezures, joint damage, anxiety, arthritis, and a multitude of other things. Yes, some vets have had cases where there have been cases where seizures, coma, neurological depression, and dehydration have been reported. I myself have been told by a vet that a dog could have a seizure. But vets didn’t factor in the medium which the cannabis was consumed by the pet, so who knows how true this statement is? If a dog ate an edible containing a high percentage of chocolate and raisins, this would be a recipe for disaster as both are toxic to dogs. Again, proper dosing and a proper medium are agents in this equation. Given the right dose and medium, it will be therapeutic for the animal.
It can also help with things such things as aggression, hip or joint problems, temperament, pain relief, glaucoma, behavioral problems and skin conditions. And one more thing to make you feel even better about the wonderful things cannabis does for animals is that no dog or cat has been reported to have died from cannabis consumption. My little Jack Tzu consumed two ounces of stolen strained buds from cannabutter I had made one night out of the trash. Yes, she was higher than a kite, but she survived without any devastating effects. In fact, I felt she matured mentally (no more unrolling multiple spools of yarn and wrapping the furniture in the living room with rainbow-colored strings).
On a final note, no animal should ever be forced to eat edibles for personal entertainment. Edibles for pets are designed to deliver therapeutic and positive effects. Animals can benefit from the effects, but this is something you need to discuss with your vet and/or family. You also need to find the right dose for your animal depending on their weight. I designed these edibles for my 65 pound Weimaraner but I also break each treat into halves for my little 12 pound Jack Tsu. If you are making these edibles for the first time for your pet, do it on a night you can get medicated together. This will allow your pet to trust the medicine and allow you to monitor them while they experience their first cannabis edible.
Headband, the creation of Sour Diesel and OG Kush by DNA Genetics, is one of my favorite strains to pair with peanut butter recipes. The earth and fuel like tones of this strain pairs beautifully with the nutty flavors of the peanuts. It is a 70/30 Indica dominant strain that will provide 100% relief from anxiety. This strain also balances pain relief with a clear minded euphoria, relaxation and tranquility. This is the perfect strain to use when you plan to medicate and relax after a long hard day at work or of play out in the mountains. And this strain is perfect for a pooch that needs relief from the aforementioned problems dogs can face but in a healthier and much more natural way than pharmaceutical vet pills.
Mise en place:
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup AP (all purpose) flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup warm creamy honey peanut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup hemp milk
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate (humans only!)
- 1/2 gram of fully cured Headband bud
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large sheet pans
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 rolling pin
- 1 kitchen scale
- 1 coffee grinder
- Waxed parchment paper
- Cookie cutters (optional)
- ¼ cup reserve flour
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In large bowl, add the flours, rolled oats, and salt. Add the fully cured bud to the coffee grinder and pulse to a fine powder then add to the bowl. Gently combine the mixture with your hands or a wooden spoon until fully mixed.
- Now add the warm peanut butter, hemp milk, applesauce, and eggs. Using a wooden spoon mix the ingredients until fully combined.
- Sprinkle the reserved white flour on a large cutting board or kitchen island. Scrap the dough from the mixing bowl and weigh it on the scale.
- Divide the dough equally into two halves and then place one half into the bowl to set aside. Take the remaining half and place it on top of the flour. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough and evenly roll it out.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough to roughly ¼” thick. Now is the time to decide if you and your pet want round or shaped Headband Scooby Snacks. For round treats simply divide the dough evenly into 23 small servings.
- For shaped treats, use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out 23 small desired shapes of your choice. Place your shaped dough onto sheet pans lined with wax paper and bake for 40 minutes.
- Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for the shorter amount of time, the larger biscuits for the longer amount of time. only baked the round cookies in the center for about 25 minutes; they should have baked longer. They were somewhat soft inside. Decide if you want them chewy or not.
- When the time is up, pull and place on a cooling rack. Congratulations, you have just made your very own cannabis treats for your pet! But we are not finished.
- When the treats cool, gently remove from the tray and place into storage. Take the remaining dough from the bowl you had set aside. Roll the dough to ¼” thick, decide what shape you want, and cut into 23 small servings. Place onto a clean lined sheet pan and bake. Pull from the oven and drizzle melted semi-sweet chocolate over YOUR treats only. Enjoy!