THE DANGERS OF MIXING MARIJUANA WITH OTHER SUBSTANCES
- October 9, 2018
The fact of the matter is simple: mixing mind-altering drugs is NOT a good idea. Besides the dangers of combining alcohol with another chemical, each recognized drug produces different effects on the human body. For example, mixing a stimulant with a hallucinogen can result in violent side effects. Plus, overdoses are always a major concern. However, based on recent news reports, some members of the marijuana community are combining the drug with other substances to “increase” or “stimulate” a powerful high. What makes this habit so dangerous? Let’s take a closer look at three popular options and consider the impact on human health.
Toil and Trouble
Based on a chart provided by TripSit (a group that seeks to reduce harm), the group’s researchers have determined that cannabis itself falls into a generally safe category but have exercised precautions about the following drugs:
- Psychedelics: hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms, DMT (also includes a lesser-known variety called 5-MEO-xxT)
- Ketamine: This drug is used to treat depression. Marijuana experts do not believe combining this drug with weed is potentially harmful.
- Caffeine: While not identified as an addictive drug, caffeine has been known to increase the effects of marijuana products
- Alcohol: Mentioned earlier, alcohol should never be combined with marijuana. Doing so can result in severe nausea, vomiting, and discomfort.
Why Mixing is a Bad Idea
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that mixing marijuana with any other substances can produce dangerous side effects. Regardless of popular belief, cannabis is still a mind-altering narcotic, and its effects can be increased by another foreign substance. Here are a few warnings the CDC has issued concerning marijuana being mixed with other chemicals:
- A combination of marijuana and alcohol can induce severe impairment (worse than the effects of alcohol alone)
- Smoking marijuana and tobacco can result in overexposure to harmful chemicals and result in long-term health problems.
- Marijuana can impair the usefulness of prescription drugs or aggravate the side effects.
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