Concerns Of Mixing Marijuana And Other Drugs

mixing marijuana and alcohol

Marijuana is a drug made from the dried plant material of the cannabis plant that elicits psychoactive effects when ingested. There are several methods for ingesting marijuana, which include eating (baked into food), drinking (steeped into tea), and/ or smoked (out of a hand rolled cigarette, pipe, water pipe, or vaporizer). Although marijuana is becoming decriminalized and even legal in certain states across America, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I Substance. Meaning it is defined as a drug “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” The psychoactive chemical that is present in marijuana is known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Mixing any substance with another substance can yield a variety of results, which will be dependent upon the person as well as the drugs and/ or alcohol that are simultaneously present in his or her system. 

Marijuana And Alcohol

While it is highly common for people to mix alcohol and marijuana, many people do not fully understand the associated risks. Alcohol can lead to enhanced effects of THC, which results in the drug staying in one’s system for a longer period than normal. Combining any kind of substance with alcohol, including marijuana can increase one’s risk for overdose and/ or developing alcohol poisoning. Mixing alcohol and marijuana can also lead to increased dehydration, decreased judgment, and the potential development several long-term effects such as liver disease, cardiovascular issues, gastrointestinal issues, kidney disease, decreased functioning of the immune system, cancer, and more.

Marijuana And Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressant medications are used to treat psychiatric conditions, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental disorders. Mixing marijuana with antidepressants can prevent the prescribed medication from working properly. Furthermore, marijuana could completely counteract the medication in one’s system, which could enhance the severity of adverse symptoms (i.e. depression) the antidepressant medication is used for in the first place. 

Marijuana And Cocaine

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is derived from the coca plant. When taken alone, cocaine elevates one’s blood pressure and heart rate. It can also produce anxiety. Combining marijuana with cocaine can cause cardiovascular complications, including but not limited to blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Using cocaine and marijuana simultaneously can exponentially increase one’s symptoms of paranoia and/ or anxiety. This combination can also increase a young person’s risk for overdose.

Marijuana And Benzodiazepines

There is an abundance of different kinds of prescribed benzodiazepines (i.e. Valium, Xanax, Klonopin…etc.) used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other health conditions. A common side effect of benzodiazepines is short-term memory loss, and when paired with the effects of marijuana, a teen could easily and unknowingly wind up in a precarious situation. Mixing marijuana and prescription medications can be incredibly dangerous. Taking both simultaneously can significantly reduce a person’s heart rate and blood pressure, which could lead to coma and/ or death.

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