Cocaine is entirely illegal for recreational use, while weed is currently in the center of a national debate over legalization. Regardless of the legal status of cocaine and weed, people still use both of them, and in many cases, they may combine them. They may want to amplify the high they feel, or they might use one to mitigate certain negative symptoms of the other.
Can you mix weed and cocaine is a question people often have, and they’re unsure of the answer. Below is more information about cocaine and weed on their own, and answers to the question “can you mix weed and cocaine?”
Weed is a slang name for the drug marijuana which can be used in many different ways. It comes from the Cannabis plant and people frequently hand-roll cigarettes to smoke it, or they might use pipes or add it to food or drinks to make it edible.
Weed has psychoactive effects because of a certain compound in it, which is THC. Some states have approved marijuana’s use for medicinal purposes, and states like Colorado legalized it for recreational use, but the majority of states in the U.S. still classify marijuana as an illegal substance.
It’s the most commonly used illicit drug, and while some people feel that weed is safe, there has been an uptick in the reported emergencies and medical incidents related to the use of marijuana.
When someone smokes marijuana, the THC travels from the lungs and into the bloodstream where it then impacts the brain. Most people feel relaxed and euphoric when they use marijuana, but some people may have other experiences as well such as hallucinations, increased appetite or changed perception of time.
People may also experience adverse psychological side effects like paranoia.
Marijuana works on certain cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Despite the commonality of its use, cocaine is very dangerous. It stimulates certain receptors in the brain, but a tolerance is usually created very quickly. People who use cocaine, particularly in large amounts may experience cardiovascular side effects, heart attacks, strokes or bleeding in the brain.
It’s also very addictive, while people debate whether or not marijuana is an addictive substance.
So, what about combining cocaine and weed? Can you mix weed and cocaine, or are there significant risks?
When used alone both cocaine and marijuana have health risks, and when these two substances are mixed these risks are greater. People tend to take cocaine and marijuana together to reduce the intensity of a cocaine high, but what really happens is that even though they’re not feeling the effects of the cocaine as strongly, the drug is still affecting their body in the same way. This can lead to a cocaine overdose because the marijuana is blunting the true effects of the cocaine.
If you take cocaine and weed at the same time, it may also further lower your inhibitions, leading you to take more cocaine than you would ordinarily, and since weed changes your perception of time, you might take more cocaine over a shorter length of time.
When cocaine and weed are taken together, it can also increase heart rate and blood pressure, and this can damage the cardiovascular system and up the risk of heart attack and stroke. These risks are present in young people even with no history of any health problems.
When you combine cocaine and weed, you’re going to have less control over yourself, further impaired judgment and perhaps a complete loss of control. You might put yourself or someone else in a risky situation.
When you abuse two drugs simultaneously, it also makes it more likely that you become dependent or addicted to one or both.
So, can you mix weed and cocaine? The answer is no; the substances should never be mixed.
If you mix cocaine and weed, you’re putting yourself in a dangerous situation and increasing the chances of serious complications such as stroke or heart attack. You’re also increasing your risk of overdose, dependence or addiction if you take cocaine and weed at the same time.
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