Combining drugs like cocaine and weed is more prevalent than many realize. However, combining drugs can also be riskier than many individuals realize. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, and marijuana can act as a stimulant or depressant depending on the strain, a user’s expectations, the amount ingested, and individual factors.
Two of the most commonly used recreational drugs are cocaine and weed. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for an individual who abuses cocaine to other substances. There are many why some people choose to mix cocaine and weed. Some think the two substances offset or eliminate each drug’s harmful effects. Others believe that the combination of weed and cocaine actually improves their high experience.
The reality is that combining cocaine and weed can result in severe side effects and put the individual at a higher risk of overdose.
Mixing Cocaine and Weed
Cocaine is derived from the coca plant native to South America and is classified as a stimulant. A cocaine ‘high’ is characterized by euphoria, increased confidence, and excessive energy. Cocaine use also increases heart rate and blood pressure, potentially leading to a heart attack or stroke. Hyperactivity, anxiety, and paranoia may also occur with cocaine use.
Marijuana, also referred to as weed, includes the dried leaves, flowers, and buds of the cannabis plant. The chemical in the plant that induces the ‘high’ is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, which is an intoxicating substance that can affect those who ingest it in a variety of ways.
There may be both positive and negative effects from marijuana. Some people report a depressant-like response to THC—a relaxing or calming effect. Others indicate a stimulant effect, reporting having an elevated mood, euphoria, anxiety, or increased heartbeat. Also, marijuana has some mild hallucinogenic effects.
Persons may combine weed and cocaine for a variety of reasons, the most common of them being the following:
- The assumption that using the two substance together will intensify euphoric feelings
- Expecting the depressant effects of marijuana will counteract the stimulant effects of cocaine
- Withdrawing from cocaine will be less uncomfortable to marijuana’s effects
However, there are several adverse effects and negative consequences of using cocaine in conjunction with weed.
Negative Effects of Combining Marijuana with Cocaine
Decreasing the stimulant effects of cocaine using marijuana can lead to larger amounts of cocaine and drug dependence and addiction. Both cocaine and weed can cause cardiovascular issues, such as tachycardia. This condition can damage the heart muscle, cause heart attacks or blood clots, resulting in strokes. Mixing weed with cocaine increases these risks.
Cocaine causes blood vessel constriction. When weed is combined with cocaine, it prevents the blood vessels from constricting. Cocaine enters the bloodstream much faster this way and can result in an accidental cocaine overdose.
Persons with a cocaine addiction tend to encounter more severe withdrawal symptoms if they are also using weed. Long-term marijuana abuse often leads to rehospitalization for cocaine addiction or dependence.
Using cocaine and marijuana simultaneously can result in increased anxiety and paranoia because these are the effects of both substances on their own. It is never wholly safe to mix cocaine and weed. Combining cocaine and weed is never recommended, and in extreme cases, can prove lethal. Attempting to calm one drug’s adverse effects with another can lead to increased use and possibly, an overdose.
The combination of weed and cocaine can lead to cardiovascular damage and result in heart attacks, blood clots, and stroke. Weed impacts the availability of cocaine in the bloodstream, thereby increasing the overdose risk.
Because marijuana blunts the effects of cocaine, an individual who mixes cocaine and weed is at more risk of developing an addiction, dependence, or substance use disorder. Cocaine users are also more likely to become aggressive or be involved in assaults, accidents, and injuries.
Overall, people should not use marijuana and cocaine should in conjunction. The perceived positive effects are not so beneficial to outweigh the adverse consequences. Mixing these two drugs is dangerous and should always be avoided.
Finally, cannabis use has been shown, in at least one study, to make young brains more sensitive to the first exposure to cocaine.
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