Marijuana Abuse and Drug Interactions

Marijuana Abuse and Drug Interactions

Marijuana is an illegal drug in most states, although it is now available in some places by prescription for medical purposes. Smoking marijuana can cause changes in the brain and in the way a person thinks. The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydro-cannabinal (THC) and, when smoked, the substance moves quickly from the lung, through the bloodstream and to the brain. THC connects to receptors in the brain and causes a release of dopamine, which produces a type of high. People who use marijuana are at risk of addiction to the drug. People who are addicted to marijuana are unable to control their use and may develop a tolerance to the drug, needing more to achieve the same level of intoxication. Marijuana can also interact with other drugs, so people who abuse marijuana put themselves at great risk for dangerous side effects.

Marijuana Abuse and Orlaam

Orlaam, also known as levomethadyl, is a narcotic analgesic used to treat addiction to illegal narcotics. Orlaam helps prevent the withdrawal symptoms in a person who is addicted to narcotics. It is used as part of a medically supervised detox program where the Orlaam is gradually reduced until the person eventually becomes drug free. Orlaam is not a cure for addiction but can be a part of an overall treatment program of therapy, counseling and ongoing support for addiction. If someone is abusing marijuana while taking Orlaam for addiction treatment, serious side effects can develop. Orlaam combined with marijuana can cause respiratory depression, low blood pressure, sedation and coma.

Marijuana Abuse and Parkinson’s Disease

Drugs like apomorphine, used to treat Parkinson’s disease, work in the central nervous system to treat the involuntary movements produced by the disease. Using marijuana while taking any drug that depresses the central nervous system can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness and confusion. People who use abuse marijuana while taking prescription apomorphine or other drugs used to treat Parkinson’s put themselves at increased risk of accidents while doing normal tasks. Driving or engaging in any other activity requiring mental alertness should be avoided if these two drugs are used at the same time.

Marijuana and Other Drug Interactions

Marijuana also reacts with drugs used to treat glaucoma and certain types of cancer. If you or someone you love abuses marijuana and takes prescription drugs for glaucoma or cancer, it is important to let your doctor know. Although these drug interactions may not be life threatening, they do require close monitoring to ensure the treatment for these conditions is not being affected. Marijuana use and abuse can complicate these conditions and make treatment more difficult.

Finding Help for Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana abuse can cause serious and sometimes fatal reactions with other drugs. Although using marijuana can seem harmless in the beginning, addiction to the drug can develop over time and cause other treatable conditions to become more serious.

If you or a loved one suffers from marijuana addiction, we are here to help. Our toll-free helpline counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about marijuana addiction and the types of treatment available. We can help you being your journey to a drug free life. Please call now.