Heroin Laced Weed Symptoms
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.
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.
The following provides more information about heroin and weed separately, and also details on how you can identify heroin-laced weed symptoms.
When heroin enters the brain, it floods it with dopamine, which is a feel-good chemical associated with reward responses. This why heroin is so addictive. When a reward response is triggered by the flood of dopamine, your brain compels you to continue seeking out the substance triggering that response, which is heroin in this case.
Since heroin depresses the central nervous system, it slows essential functions including breathing. This is what leads to overdose and death for people who use heroin.
When someone smokes marijuana, the THC goes from the lungs into the bloodstream and then the brain. If marijuana is consumed it usually takes longer for it to have an effect. THC acts on certain brain receptors, and a marijuana high usually includes altered senses and perception, impaired memory, hallucinations, and relaxation.
While there are some potential risks of using marijuana such as the higher potential of getting into an accident, it’s generally not considered as dangerous as heroin, nor as addictive. People may become psychologically dependent on it in the sense that they find it difficult not to use it, but it’s not the same as an addiction to opioids.
So, since heroin and weed are so different from one another, there is a real concern about what happens when weed is laced with heroin. People may think they’re only using weed but then develop heroin-laced weed symptoms.
The following provides more information about heroin and weed, and more specifically, heroin-laced weed symptoms.
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.
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