Adderall is a stimulant drug that excites the central nervous system and is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.
In contrast, marijuana or weed is a psychoactive drug
with both medicinal and recreational purposes that often gives the user a relaxing sensation. Separately they can be beneficial, but when mixing Adderall and marijuana, there can be cause for concern.
What Happens When You Mix Weed & Adderall?
Although Adderall has viable medical uses, it can also be abused and is addictive. Some people will take the drug without a prescription to improve their focus. Others will simply take it for its euphoric effects. Its misuse can be dangerous regardless of the reason, but some people will go one step further and mix Adderall with weed in a combination sometimes known as weederall.
Those who have experience mixing Adderall and weed sometimes report that the drugs can decrease unwanted effects of the other. Weed, for example, is sometimes said to reduce undesirable emotions related to Adderall like agitation and distress. In contrast, Adderall may help with fatigue or lowered cognitive functioning from marijuana.
Although the two may seem like the perfect combination, mixing a stimulant and a depressant can also come with serious consequences. Because everyone is unique, effects can be unpredictable, and not everyone will experience a harmonious interaction. Alone, long-term abuse of Adderall can lead to arrhythmia, increased blood pressure, and addiction. A prescription drug detox
can help addicted users quit, but some of the other health problems may be irreversible. Long-term marijuana abuse can be problematic as well and affect brain development leading to impaired thinking and memory problems.1
In some cases, mixing Adderall and weed could exacerbate these harmful effects. Because marijuana can initially lead to an increased heart rate and Adderall has the same effect, a person on both drugs may have a racing heart. Over time, this side effect could lead to cardiovascular problems, especially if there is already an underlying heart condition. Another potentially dangerous side effect of mixing weed and Adderall is the increased risk of abuse. Together, the drugs may create a more pleasant and desirable high. This increased euphoria can lead to a strong desire to use again and lead to a faster onset of addiction. Regular users will likely need a medical detox
to safely detox off of these substances and stop for good. There is also the potential to overdose on Adderall more easily. Because weed masks some of Adderall’s effects, users may end up taking more of the drug than they realize.
Unnecessary drug interaction of any kind can be dangerous. It is important to always consult a doctor about mixing substances. If you have become addicted to any substances and cannot stop, get help. At Banyan Detox Stuart, our residential drug rehab
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