Heroin and weed are two very different drugs when compared to one another. Heroin is a depressant that binds to opioid receptors in the brain, making it highly addictive. Heroin is also incredibly dangerous, and tens of thousands of people die each year because of opioid-related overdoses.
Marijuana, nicknamed weed, on the other hand, is a commonly used recreational drug that is legal in several states for both medicinal and recreational usage. While the safety of marijuana is hotly debated in the U.S., most would agree that it doesn’t carry with it the level of risk of heroin, since a marijuana overdose is considered nonfatal.
Unfortunately, people who think they’re purchasing weed on the streets actually find that it’s been laced with other more dangerous and addictive substances, including heroin.
One of the reasons a drug dealer might not let someone know that they’re lacing weed with other substances is because the weed is low quality and it needs additives to produce an effect. Some drug dealers may also combine heroin and weed in order to get the user addicted to heroin, and have more repeat business.
So what are the heroin-laced weed symptoms?
Heroin-laced weed symptoms can include feeling very drowsy or incredibly lethargic after using the marijuana. There are also severe heroin-laced weed symptoms that can occur including slowed breathing and heart rate, confusion, and losing consciousness. If someone inadvertently sues both heroin and weed and they’ve never used heroin before, they don’t have a tolerance for the drug, and they can overdose very easily.
In general, the effects of marijuana laced with anything else can include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
So what can you do to avoid heroin-laced weed symptoms? Ultimately the only way to protect yourself against combinations like heroin and weed is not to use any illegal drugs. In certain states like Colorado, since recreational marijuana use has become legal, it’s regulated, and you can avoid the potential to experience heroin-laced weed symptoms, but this isn’t the case in most states.
The result of heroin and weed in people with no tolerance for opioids can be an overdose, and it’s important to be aware of this risk.
If you or a loved one live with addiction or are using drugs recreationally and want to stop, The Recovery Village® can help. Reach out to one of our representatives today to learn how you can start on your path to recovery.