We all know that weed can impact everybody differently — but its effects are also unpredictable for animals — and we’re not talking about just people’s pets, either.
What happens when wildlife is exposed to weed? You may have heard about rabbits in Utah that have cultivated a liking for munching on the bud, and the Oregon deer that snacks on the herb before naptime. But if you give some cannabis to sheep wildly roaming the countryside in southern Wales, you may just have an “outbreak of psychotic sheep” on your hands.
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Remains of an illegal marijuana grow were dumped on a country road recently near a village in Swansea, Wales, the South Wales Evening Post reported. A local government official, Ioan Richard, warned that the sheep already had been “roaming the village causing a nuisance.”
Richard has continuously fought against the frequent “fly-tipping” in the area (a.k.a. illegal dumping). He warned the Evening Post of the potential dangers that could arise from the flock coming across the discarded plant rubbish:
“They are getting in people’s gardens and one even entered a bungalow and left a mess in the bedroom. I dread to think what will happen if they eat what could well be cannabis plants — we could have an outbreak of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village.”
A spokesman for Swansea Council assured they had taken care of the kerfuffle.
“The fly-tipped waste has now been removed, but we’d urge anyone with information about who may be responsible to contact either ourselves or South Wales Police.”
We have to wonder, though, if the nuisance sheep might actually mellow out after some ganja grazing? Either way, raw cannabis plant matter doesn’t have much psychoactive THC compared with cannabis that has been decarboxylated (heat added). Just sayin’.