Hotboxing is the practice of smoking cannabis in an enclosed space to increase the concentration of smoke and its effects. It can be dangerous for pets, and it is not recommended to hotbox them or blow smoke in their face for several reasons. It is not the same as giving them a CBD chew to calm their anxiety or help with their arthritis. They can get high and it's not good for them. They don't understand what's happening to them and it can be frightening.
Our pets are much more sensitive to the effects of smoke than humans. Dogs have far more cannabinoid receptors than humans so intoxication can happen with the smallest amount of THC. They also have smaller lungs and a faster metabolism, which means that they can quickly absorb more toxins and experience more severe health effects. Exposure to smoke can cause your pets to experience symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and eye irritation. THC exposure can cause your pets to experience symptoms such as inactivity, incoordination, dilated pupils, increased sensitivity to motion, sound or touch, hyper-salvation or urinary incontinence. Prolonged exposure to smoke can also increase the risk of respiratory infections and lung cancer in pets.
Hotboxing pets exposes them to harmful toxins and endangers their health and well-being. As responsible pet owners, it is our duty to provide a safe and healthy environment for our pets, and hotboxing is not a part of that. We still have so much to learn about this plant. Don't experiment with your pets. It's not a safe or responsible practice. Keep your babies safe and make sure all of your cannabis products are locked away from your curious pets.