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The Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Weed

The Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Weed
 
 

 

Adderall is a stimulant drug that excites the central nervous system and is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

In contrast, marijuana or weed is a psychoactive drug with recreational purposes that often gives the user a relaxing sensation. Separately, they may have their benefits, but when mixing Adderall and marijuana, there can be cause for concern. Our Stuart, Florida, Banyan Treatment Center is breaking down the ins and outs of Adderall and weed, two well-known substances, as well as the very real risks involved with combining them.

Facts About Adderall and Marijuana

Marijuana and Adderall both have various physiological effects and serve different functions in the body. The main conditions that Adderall is used to treat are narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It comprises a mixture of amphetamine salts that improve focus, attention, and impulse control by raising the levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. Due to its potential for abuse and addictive characteristics, Adderall is a Schedule II restricted substance. Only usage under the direction of a medical professional and at the recommended dosage is recommended.

Then there is the cannabis plant, also referred to as marijuana, which contains a hallucinogenic substance known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The two main uses of it are recreational and therapeutic purposes. You can consume marijuana by smoking, vaping, or eating edibles. Cannabis has a variety of effects depending on the strain and the user's tolerance. Common side effects include euphoria, changed time perception, increased appetite, and possible memory impairment. Growing data suggest that marijuana may be useful in treating several medical diseases, including conditions that cause pain, nausea, and/or muscle spasms.

Regardless of having different methods of action and intended uses, and despite some benefits, both Adderall and marijuana have potential risks and adverse effects. Increased heart rate, high blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, and mood swings are just a few of the negative effects that Adderall can produce. Marijuana can impede judgment, coordination, and cognitive function. Additionally, marijuana usage has been linked to possible harm to mental health, including an increase in suicidal thoughts.

Although Adderall has viable medical uses, it can be addictive, and it is often abused. Some people will take the drug without a prescription to improve their focus. Others will simply take it for its euphoric effects. Its misuse can be dangerous regardless of the reason, but some people will go one step further and mix Adderall with weed in a combination sometimes known as weederall.

What Happens When You Mix Weed & Adderall?

Those who have experience mixing Adderall and weed sometimes report that the drugs decrease unwanted effects of the other. Weed, for example, is sometimes said to reduce undesirable emotions related to Adderall, like agitation and distress. In contrast, Adderall may help with fatigue or lowered cognitive functioning from marijuana.

Although the two may seem like the perfect combination, mixing stimulants and depressants can also come with serious consequences. Because everyone is unique, effects can be unpredictable, and not everyone will experience a harmonious interaction. Alone, long-term abuse of Adderall can lead to arrhythmia, increased blood pressure, and addiction. A prescription drug detox can help addicted users quit, but some of the other health problems may be irreversible. Long-term marijuana abuse can be problematic as well and affect brain development leading to impaired thinking and memory problems.1

In some cases, mixing Adderall and weed could exacerbate these harmful effects. Because marijuana can initially lead to an increased heart rate and Adderall has the same effect, a person on both drugs may have a racing heart. Over time, this side effect could lead to cardiovascular problems, especially if there is already an underlying heart condition. Another potentially dangerous side effect of mixing weed and Adderall is the increased risk of abuse. Together, the drugs may create a more pleasant and desirable high.

This increased euphoria can lead to a strong desire to use it again and lead to a faster onset of addiction. Regular users will likely need a medical detox to safely detox off of these substances and stop for good. There is also the potential to overdose on Adderall more easily. Because weed masks some of Adderall’s effects, users may end up taking more of the drug than they realize.

Heal From Polydrug Abuse With Banyan

Unnecessary drug interactions of any kind can be dangerous. It is important to always consult a doctor about mixing substances. If you have become addicted to any substance and cannot stop, get help. At Banyan Stuart, our residential drug rehab helps people overcome various substance abuse problems and find lasting sobriety.

Begin your journey to sobriety today by calling 888-280-4763, and learn about the many benefits of pursuing Florida addiction treatment with our Stuart rehab center.

Source:

  1. NIH- Marijuana DrugFacts

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Sources:

  1. NIH- Marijuana DrugFacts
 
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.