Can Marijuana Interact with My Anti-Depressant?

Can Marijuana Interact with My Anti-Depressant?

Marijuana is having a major comeback in American consciousness right now. Due to its decriminalization in certain states, many people are thinking of this drug differently—some people actually believe it to be a healthy, organic substance with no risk. However, the truth is that many risks are associated with this drug, including significant interaction risks that medical professionals do not completely understand. However, many mental health experts agree that marijuana and anti-depressants should never be mixed.

Is it Safe to Take Marijuana?

Pharmaceutical experts refer to marijuana as a “dirty drug,” because it contains over fifty different chemicals. These substances can vary by the strain, which means their intensity is unpredictable. It is unclear how these chemicals affect the efficacy of anti-depressants, but users may experience any of the following reactions:

  • Erratic behavior
  • Strong depression symptoms
  • Mania
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Aggressive behavior

Combining these drugs may cause people to lose track of which chemicals they have taken, which can lead to overdose. Simply put, while marijuana is certainly a natural substance, it is still far from safe.

Depression and Marijuana Addiction

Many factors are related to combining marijuana with anti-depressants, like the psychological issue that led to the use of antidepressants in the first place. These drugs, most often benzodiazepines, cause a mild high when first used, and they carry a high risk for abuse and addiction. While many people believe that marijuana is not physically addictive, it is certainly psychologically addictive, and people who suffer from depression will be especially prone to marijuana dependence. For the same reason, people with depression or anxiety disorders should not drink alcohol or use narcotics while on antidepressants. There is always a risk of interaction complications, addiction and overdose.

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If you suffer from depression or anxiety and your medication does not help, then do not turn to marijuana for additional relief. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime for immediate, attentive, confidential help. Our admissions coordinators are standing by to offer the following help:

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Whether or not the legalization of marijuana is a good idea is an ongoing discussion, but combining marijuana and antidepressants is usually a bad idea. If you have questions about combining these drugs, or if you need help for yourself or a loved one, then please call now to begin recovery as soon as possible.