Is Dogbane Hemp Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Dogbane Hemp

The Dogbane Hemp is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, slow heart rate, tremors, vomiting, and weakness.

The specific epithet cannabinum and the common names hemp dogbane and Indian hemp refer to its similarity to Cannabis as a fiber plant (see hemp), rather than as a source of a psychoactive drug. The Dogbane Hemp is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows throughout North America and the United States. It is a poisonous plant. It’s scientific name Apocynum means “poisonous to dogs”. All parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause cardiac arrest if ingested, with an exception to hummingbird moths which feed on it.

The scientific name for this plant is Apocynum spp.. Additional names for this plant include American Hemp, Bitterroot, Bowmans Root, Choctaw Root, Dogsbane, Indian Hemp, Rheumatism Weed, and Snake’s Milk.

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