Cocaine and marijuana, commonly referred to as “weed,” are two of the most commonly used recreational substances in the United States. Given their popularity, it’s not surprising that people combine the two. Some people believe that the combination can reduce the negative effects of drugs or improve their high. However, the combined effects of the drugs can produce dangerous side effects and increase the potential for overdose. Cocaine and weed should never be mixed.
Relationship Between Marijuana and C0caine
Weed includes the dried leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the Cannabis plant. One of the chemicals contained in the plant is the psychoactive substance delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for producing the high.
THC affects people in different ways. For some, it is a depressant causing relaxation and calmness. For others, it can produce stimulating effects defined by elevated mood, euphoria, increased heart rate or anxiety. Weed is also a mild hallucinogen. Drug use is an individual experience and people’s reactions vary.
Cocaine is extracted from the coca plant. Unlike THC, which can have varying effects, cocaine is strictly a stimulant. Effects of the drug include a feeling of euphoria, as well as elevated mood and confidence. However, as a stimulant, it also increases heart rate and blood pressure and may cause anxiety and paranoia. Too much cocaine can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
There are several reasons people may combine weed and cocaine, including:
- The expectation of amplified euphoria
- The belief that the depressive effects of weed will counteract the stimulating effects of cocaine
- Alleviating the negative effects that occur when a cocaine high fades
However, there are quite a few negative consequences that can occur when weed and cocaine are mixed.
Side Effects of Mixing Cocaine and Weed
Combining weed with cocaine can lead to:
- Development of drug tolerance, dependence, or substance use disorder
- Damage to the cardiovascular system, including potential heart attack or stroke
- Increased risk of overdose
- Amplified paranoia or anxiety
While weed may blunt the stimulant effects of cocaine, this effect can lead to the repeated use of cocaine in increased quantities. If the full effect of cocaine is not felt when combined with weed, people may use more cocaine. This process can lead to developing drug tolerance, dependence or even substance use disorder.
Both cocaine and weed cause a cardiovascular effect known as tachycardia. This increased heart rate can reach dangerous levels with high doses of the drug or in people who haven’t used the drugs before. Heart muscle damage, heart attacks and blood clots leading to stroke can occur with cocaine use. Using weed at the same time increases these risks. The cardiovascular side effects can even occur in younger people with no previous health issues.
Weed use can also increase the risk of a cocaine overdose. Normally cocaine causes the blood vessels to constrict. However, weed prevents constriction, allowing more cocaine to reach the blood system faster. This increased flow can lead to a cocaine overdose.
Both weed and cocaine can cause paranoia or anxiety. When the substances are combined, the dangerous side effects are amplified. Cocaine should never be mixed with weed due to the risk of dangerous effects.
Key Points: Cocaine and Weed
Keep the following key points in mind when considering combining cocaine and weed:
- Cocaine and weed should never be mixed
- Some people may combine the substances to increase a high, prevent the negative effects of the drugs or help alleviate the symptoms following a cocaine high
- Weed can blunt the effects of cocaine, so people may consume higher doses more frequently, leading to drug tolerance, dependence or addiction developing
- The combination can damage the cardiovascular system and cause a heart attack or stroke
- Weed increases blood levels of cocaine which then increases overdose risk
- Paranoia and anxiety produced by both drugs individually are amplified when the drugs are taken together
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