Cocaine and marijuana are a common combination for recreational drug use.
Marijuana, or “weed,” is a psychoactive drug that has depressant, stimulant, and hallucinogenic properties. Cocaine is also a stimulant drug often injected, snorted, or smoked.
Both of these substances are highly addictive and involve greater risk for addiction when combined.
Both cocaine and marijuana have powerful effects, and when combined, these effects can be heightened and lead to a range of undesired outcomes.
Why Do People Mix Cocaine And Marijuana?
A study from BioMed Central Public Health revealed that many people combine the two drugs because the effects of one drug may work to counteract the effects of the other.
Desired effects of combining cocaine and marijuana include:
- reduced undesirable effects
- improved sleep
- better appetite
- reduced craving for crack cocaine
The study sampled 27 people aged 19 to 49 who use crack cocaine and marijuana. Many of those studied claimed to take the two drugs together in a cigarette mixing marijuana and crack cocaine.
Others smoked marijuana separately either before or after the use of cocaine, depending on their desired outcome.
Additionally, one study found that when taken together, people who use cocaine and marijuana report feeling a more intense high.
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Are There Risks With Mixing Cocaine With Marijuana?
Though this is a popular drug combination, there are multiple negative risks associated with taking cocaine and marijuana together.
The effects of mixing these drugs can involve long-term damage, and in some cases have fatal outcomes.
Increased Risk Of Cocaine Overdose
Because cocaine is a psychoactive stimulant drug, it often comes with effects that make a person feel “wired,” erratic, restless, and anxious.
A person might smoke weed in combination with cocaine (either mixed or smoked before/after cocaine use) in order to alleviate these feelings and bring the body down to a sense of calm.
But this can be very dangerous. While marijuana might mask some of the undesired effects of cocaine, the same amount of cocaine is still in the person’s system.
This can cause someone to either continue to use too much cocaine or not realize how much cocaine is in their system, leading to an overdose.
Cardiovascular Complications From Both Drugs
Both cocaine and marijuana can have harmful effects on the body’s cardiovascular system. If they’re combined, these risks can only increase.
Multiple studies published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that when taken together, cocaine and marijuana cause the heart rate to rise higher than by either drug alone.
When a single one-gram (g) marijuana cigarette was smoked and cocaine was administered intravenously 13 minutes later, blood pressure increased and plateaued at nearly 50 bpm.
Extreme changes in blood pressure and heart rate can result in a heart attack.
Both substances have also been linked to a heart condition called tachycardia, which refers to a high resting heart rate of more than 100 bpm.
Tachycardia can cause complications such as:
- heart palpitations
- shortness of breath
- blood flow reduction
- reduction of oxygen, which can lead to heart attack
Suppression Of Respiratory Functions
Cocaine is a stimulant, and marijuana has both stimulant and depressant properties.
This produces a mixed response in the body, creating problems especially in the central nervous system (CNS).
Mixing these substances can diminish brain activity resulting in:
- loss of breathing reflexes
Finding Treatment For Cocaine And Marijuana Addiction
Cocaine and marijuana are highly addictive drugs that have taken a hold on communities in multiple countries across the world. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone.
It’s not too late to seek treatment for an addiction to cocaine, marijuana, or both substances. When you call our helpline, you’ll find answers to any treatment-related questions you may have.
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- BMC Public Health—Factors that lead to the use of crack cocaine in combination with marijuana in Brazil: a qualitative study
- Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal—Cocaine and cannabis abuse in the UK: psychological effects, social prevalence and treatment
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed—Behavioral effects of cocaine alone and in combination with ethanol or marijuana in humans
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed—Cardiovascular effects of cocaine in humans: laboratory studies
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed—Marijuana and cocaine interactions in humans: cardiovascular consequences