Dangers of Mixing Marijuana with Alcohol and Other Drugs

Dangers of Mixing Marijuana with Alcohol and Other Drugs

Marijuana is a commonly used drug. It affects the brain by causing the release of dopamine, a natural chemical that has the following effects:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Heightened sensory perception
  • Laughter
  • Altered perception of time
  • Increased appetite

Once the initial euphoric feelings pass, users may feel tired or depressed.  They may have trouble forming memories and have trouble with coordination and balance.

Dangers of Mixing Marijuana and Alcohol

Alcohol addiction often results from a desire to self-medicate and mask emotions and may continue due to a fear of withdrawal symptoms. However, even if not addicted, mixing marijuana and alcohol is dangerous. This combination causes slowed motor control and reduces mental concentration. Marijuana also halts the gag reflex, making it impossible for the body to reject alcohol when it needs to and increasing the risk of alcohol overdose.

Dangers of Mixing Marijuana and Other Drugs

Marijuana is commonly used in conjunction with other drugs. When used with cocaine or amphetamine, marijuana can reduce the intensity of the high, while it increases the effects of drugs such as mushrooms or ecstasy. Regardless of the desired or undesired effects of marijuana combinations, the practice is dangerous. Individuals frequently mixing drugs may find themselves addicted to more than one substance and will require treatment for multiple addictions.

Addiction Help for Marijuana, Alcohol and Other Drugs

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