The Dangers Of Mixing Marijuana And Cocaine
Combining drugs like marijuana and cocaine is more common than many people realize. However, mixing drugs can also be much more dangerous than people realize as well.
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Two of the most often abused recreational drugs are cocaine and marijuana. It is not unusual for a person who is using cocaine to also be using marijuana recreationally. Combining the two is also not unheard of.
Many reasons are given as to why people mix cocaine and weed. Some individuals believe the two substances counteract, or eliminate, the negative effects of the drugs. Others think that the combination of weed and cocaine actually improves the ‘high’.
The reality is that pairing cocaine and weed together can result in serious side effects, and place the person at a higher risk of overdose. It is never recommended to mix marijuana and cocaine.
Marijuana And Cocaine
Cocaine is derived from the coca plant, and is classified as a stimulant. A cocaine ‘high’ results in euphoria, good feelings, positive mood and increase in confidence. Cocaine use also elevates the heart rate and blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Anxiety and paranoia may also occur with cocaine use.
Marjuana, or weed, consists of dried leaves, flowers and buds of the Cannabis plant. The chemical in the plant that causes the ‘high’ is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is a psychoactive substance that affects people in a variety of ways.
Some people report a depressant reaction to THC, a relaxing or calming effect. Others indicate a stimulant effect, noting elevated mood, euphoria, anxiety or increased heart beat. In addition, marijuana also has some mild hallucinogenic effects.
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Combining weed and cocaine is occurring for several reasons, the most common of them being:
- assumption that euphoria will be intensified
- expecting the depressant effects of marijuana to counter the stimulant effect of cocaine
- coming down off cocaine will be easier due to the effects of marijuana
Meanwhile, there are several adverse effects and negative consequences of mixing cocaine and weed together.
Negative Effects Of Combining Marijuana And Cocaine
Decreasing the stimulant effects of cocaine with marijuana can result in an increased use of cocaine. Using larger amounts of cocaine consistently can result in cocaine dependence and addiction.
Both cocaine and weed can cause cardiovascular problems. A heart issue known as tachycardia is a side effect of both substances. Tachycardia can damage the heart muscle, cause heart attacks or blood clots, resulting in strokes. Combining weed and coke increases these risks.
Cocaine causes blood vessel constriction. When weed is mixed with cocaine, it prevents the blood vessels from constricting. Cocaine enters the blood system much faster this way, and can lead to accidental cocaine overdose.
Individuals with a cocaine addiction tend to experience more intense withdrawal symptoms if they are also using cannabis. Long term marijuana abuse often leads to rehospitalization for cocaine addiction or dependence.
Using cocaine and marijuana at the same time can result in increased levels of paranoia and anxiety, since these are the effects of both drugs on their own. It is never a safe or good idea to mix cocaine and weed.
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Cocaine And Weed – In Closing
Mixing cocaine and weed is not a good idea, and can be fatal. Attempting to calm the negative effects of one drug with another can result in increased use and potential overdose.
The combination of weed and cocaine can cause cardiovascular damage, resulting in heart attacks, blood clots or stroke. Weed affects the availability of cocaine in the bloodstream, increasing risk for overdose.
Because marijuana blunts the effects of cocaine, an individual who mixes cocaine and weed are at more of a risk for developing an addiction, dependence or substance abuse disorder.
Overall, marijuana and cocaine should not be combined. The perceived positive effects are not so beneficial to outweigh the negative consequences. Mixing these two drugs is dangerous and should be avoided.
Written by Vertava Health Editorial Team
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Coke And Cannabis: The Big Guys Are Muscling Into This New Market
FILE–In this August 8, 2018, file photo, bottles of Coca-Cola sit on a shelf in a market in . [+] Pittsburgh. The Coca-Cola Co. says that it’s “closely watching” the growth of the use of a non-psychoactive element of cannabis in wellness drinks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
Coca-Cola is the latest major corporation to make a move into the cannabis industry. Expect more in the coming years.
Coca-Cola has its eye on the cannabis market. BNN Bloomberg reported this week that the American soft drink giant is in talks with Canadian company Aurora Cannabis to produce drinks enhanced with cannabidiol, or CBD — a chemical in marijuana leaves that doesn’t create a high but shows promise for therapeutic and medicinal applications, including pain and stress relief. While declining to confirm the specifics, a Coke spokesman acknowledged the company was broadly interested in the booming cannabis space: “We are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world.”
A partnership with Aurora, which has announced its own interest in infused beverages, would represent a “groundbreaking move that would signal a significant foray into the marijuana sector by one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands,” according to BNN Bloomberg.
Coca-Cola is responding to two incentives. One is the declining consumption of soda, which has led the iconic Georgia-based company to diversify into juice, coffee and tea. The other is the green wave it sees coming over the horizon, as cannabis gains greater respectability and — just as important — becomes legal in more and more places.
Coca-Cola’s move is just the latest sign that the big players are starting to feel more comfortable investing in cannabis. For most of the life of this nascent industry, large corporations have sat on the sidelines because of cannabis’ murky legal status. While cannabis in some form is legal in two-thirds of the states, at the federal level it’s still considered a Schedule 1 drug, the same as heroin.
That disconnect has meant that banks basically can’t work with cannabis companies unless they’re willing to file millions of suspicious activity reports, and without the banks on board, public companies have stayed away.
But that’s starting to change.
If Coke does jump into the marijuana space, it wouldn’t be the first beverage purveyor to do so . Drinks giant Constellation Brands Inc. (maker of Corona beer and Svedka vodka) recently acquired a minority stake in Canopy Growth, a Canadian medical marijuana company. And this past summer, Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing Co. unveiled a THC-infused sparkling water for sale at California dispensaries. Even the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America has announced support for the federal legalization of cannabis in the U.S.
It’s worth noting that for right now, all of these deals are taking place in Canada where cannabis is legal. That’s made Canada a staging ground for corporations that will be ready to muscle into the U.S. market in a big way if and when cannabis becomes widely legal here. It’s a challenge small U.S.-based entrepreneurs need to be preparing for now .
As more big companies move into the cannabis game, it will bring increased legitimacy to the industry and help the entrepreneurs who built the cannabis market. But eventually, those smaller companies risk being overrun by corporate giants.Coca-Cola’s move is just the latest sign that the big players are starting to feel more comfortable investing in cannabis. For most of the life of this nascent industry, large corporations have sat on the sidelines because of cannabis’ murky legal status. ]]>