Adderall is a prescription stimulant used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and other behavioral issues.
In recent years, Adderall is increasingly used as a recreational drug due to its effects on concentration, focus, and listening skills.
Some people with Adderall addiction may use substances such as weed to heighten or cancel out the stimulating effects of the drug.
When ADHD medications and weed are mixed, the chances of overdose and other serious side effects, health conditions, and Adderall drug interactions are greatly heightened.
Dangers Of Mixing Adderall And Weed
Adderall is a prescription medication that affects the central nervous system (CNS), and weed, or cannabis, is a psychoactive drug that provides a euphoric high.
When combined these two substances can cause a range of health issues, particularly among people with pre-existing heart problems.
Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat)
Both Adderall and marijuana can lead to increased heart rate and arrhythmia. Over time, using the two together may result in the development of more serious cardiovascular problems.
Increased Overdose Risk
Another potential danger of mixing the two substances is the increased risk of Adderall overdose.
Some strains of weed are CNS depressants, and may mask the stimulant effects of Adderall. As a result, people may be inclined to use more Adderall than they typically would.
Increased Risk For Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues may be exacerbated when Adderall and weed are combined, especially if a person has a pre-existing mental illness such as schizophrenia.
Using cannabis and Adderall may also trigger hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions.
Why People Mix Adderall And Weed
Adderall contains four kinds of amphetamine salts, including dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate.
By itself, Adderall abuse can produce a rush of energy and euphoria. Inhibitions may fall away and people will feel much more sociable and talkative.
Weed, on the other hand, can act as both a stimulant and suppressant, depending on the formulation of the drug.
Typically, people mix Adderall and hallucinogens such as weed due to the counteracting effects they have. As a result, people can party longer.
Side Effects Of Adderall And Marijuana Abuse
Below are some of the most common negative side effects associated with Adderall and marijuana use. These effects may be heightened or diminished when the two substances are used together.
Adderall Side Effects
Side effects of abusing Adderall may include increased anxiety, panic attacks, headache, dry mouth, high blood pressure, changes in sex drive, and paranoia.
Marijuana Side Effects
People who abuse marijuana may experience altered senses, mood changes, impaired memory, psychosis, hallucinations, and decline in verbal ability or cognitive function.
Treatment Options For Adderall Addiction
If you or a loved one are addicted to Adderall use, help is available in the form of evidence-based treatment services at Bedrock Recovery Center.
Addiction treatment programs for Adderall abuse may include:
- short-term inpatient treatment
- support groups for young adults or college students
- dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
- medical detox
- outpatient treatment for drug abuse
- group or family therapy
- 12-step programs
- individual counseling for people with opioid dependency
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- motivational interviewing
Seeking help at a substance abuse treatment center will assist you in confronting Adderall withdrawal symptoms and other long-term effects of drug use.
Find Substance Use Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center
Call the helpline at Bedrock Recovery Center today. Our team can go over prescription drug treatment services, and answer any questions you may have about our highly accredited program.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-stimulants
- National Institute of Health (NIH) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507808/
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/