Combining drugs can be pretty dangerous, depending on the drug and amount. One standard combo is Adderall and weed. Why this combination?
Adderall is a highly prescribed drug and is frequently abused and sold on the street market. Therefore, we often hear people mixing the two, but there hasn’t been enough research on the side effects and whether it’s entirely safe.
It might not seem like a significant issue, but the combination of Adderall and weed can have dangerous consequences if you aren’t careful or particular about your medical history.
We’ll dive into each drug, how they affect you, and what happens when you combine them.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system and is typically prescribed for those suffering from some form of ADHD.
Adderall increases the dopamine and norepinephrine levels inside the brain.
Adderall comprises four different kinds of amphetamine salts, including Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate, and Amphetamine Sulfate.
However, it’s often used as a stimulant by non-ADHD people to improve performance or pleasure. There are some minor side effects of racing heart, dry mouth, headaches, shaking, etc.
What is Weed?
Unlike Adderall, weed typically comes naturally since it’s considered a medicinal plant. Adderall on the other hand is chemically made.
Weed (or pot, marijuana, or cannabis) is a psychoactive drug often smoked or consumed. Weed is often thought of as innocuous. The main psychoactive component in the drug is known as THC. This provides users with a euphoric and relaxing high.
However, it can come with some negative feelings as well, and that can come with some severe side effects that make it unsafe for some users if not careful.
These negative feelings can be amplified by the potency of the weed or the user’s tolerance levels. People sometimes report side effects such as paranoia, anxiety, depression, and appetite stimulation, to name a few.
Adderall and Weed Effects?
Many people report varying side effects when combining Adderall and weed. Additionally, there hasn’t been much research to support whether it’s dangerous or not, but there are a few side effects to be wary of; increased heart rate, addiction, and suppressed appetite.
1. Increase in Heart Rate
One of the side effects of both of these drugs is an increase in heart rate. This means if you have a heart condition or not sure if you do, this combination could be lethal since it doubles the potential heart rate.
This then causes your heart to work harder than needed and can lead to issues such as increased stimulation and will cause your heart rate to spike.
Another side effect is both drugs have addictive components. Adderall is physically addictive since it ”increases the quantity of norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the brain. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that increases the brain’s response to events, ” (NACA) and your body can become addicted to that sensation.
Weed, on the other hand, is natural and does not have the same addictive qualities that Adderall has. Still, it’s often believed that weed can have psychological addiction and people are emotionally attached to smoking weed versus their body craving it.
3. Surpressed Appetite
The last side effect both drugs have is a suppressed appetite. You might not feel as hungry when under both substances, leading to unexpected weight loss.
Since Adderall and weed have mostly opposing side effects, it can be assumed you may have some weed side effects and some Adderall side effects. But the danger is you won’t know which one.
That’s why we highly advised against mixing both drugs unless you consult your trusted physician first. It’s important to take your background into consideration and how your health is.
It’s especially dangerous for those with any type of heart condition and it’s important to check with your doctor before trying.
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