Just like cannabis enhances music and food, certain drugs enhance cannabis.
Cannabis is the most popular is illicit substance in the USA. It’s an effective medical and recreational drug. Many people are reporting that its effects can be enhanced by combining it with other drugs. However, there are also potentially dangerous combinations which are best avoid.
Erowid is a “trip-report” aimed at harm-reduction. It includes a lot of information on drugs as well as reports from those who’ve experienced the effects. Read on for more info on cannabis combos from the Vaults of Erowid.
Ritalin and Cannabis: Dangerous Combo According to Doctors
Cannabis is generally regarded as harmless, given it’s not possible to overdose on the drug or become chemically addicted to it. This does not mean the use of marijuana, or any psychoactive substance, is not without a degree of risk. It’s quite possible to become psychologically-dependent on cannabis, which can lead to similar negative outcomes as other addictions.
Ritalin is often classified similarly to cannabis, as a drug with low potential for harm. It is often used for its mentally stimulating effects, especially its ability to boost concentration. Ritalin is often considered not-addictive but this is a myth. The drug’s effects are comparable to cocaine and it has the potential to be chemically-addictive. For this reason, Ritalin is officially categorized as a Schedule II drug.
The Dangerous Behavioral Effects of Combining Ritalin and Cannabis
On a chemical level, combined use of cannabis and Ritalin is not terribly risky in terms of physiological harm. The real danger is in how the combination distorts decision-making. The drug combination is likely to lead indirectly to negative outcomes resulting from foolish decisions. One of the chief dangers is that the drug abuser will either overdose on Ritalin or combine it with other drugs with more potential for negative interactions. The combined use of multiple drugs, known as poly-drug use, is a very dangerous habit to acquire.
As with the isolated use of cannabis, it’s also possible to become psychologically addicted to its use in combination with Ritalin. This may well lead to prolonged, excessive consumption of Ritalin, a drug which becomes chemically addictive and physical dangerous when taken at high doses over a prolonged period. The Ritalin withdrawal process is highly unpleasant; its symptoms can include psychosis and depression. Overdosing on Ritalin may cause seizures, hallucinations or psychosis.
Although cannabis can cause your heart rate to increase due to the psychological reaction it induces, over time it reduces blood pressure. Ritalin however has the opposite effect, though its ability to increase blood pressure is so weak that it barely registers as medically important.
When mixing cannabis, Ritalin and alcohol, a depressive effect can be expected. Although alcohol and Ritalin have generally competing effects and affect different brain areas, it’s likely that alcohol’s ability to induce drowsiness will win out.
Ritalin and marijuana have certain synergies as they interact on specific brain areas, including the pre-frontal cortex, nucleus accumbens, amygdala, striatum and so on. Both Ritalin and marijuana boost availability of dopamine by blocking its re-absorption. Cannabis also serves to provoke the release of dopamine from the so-called reward pathway, which is primarily located in the nucleus accumbens. Marijuana also has a known action calmative effect which results from its interaction with the neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA).
It was asserted by User 1 that feelings of fear and accompanying spikes in blood pressure and heart rate were purely psychological phenomena.
Another user, User 2, agreed with the sedative effect, echoing that any stimulatory effect was due to substances other than cannabis. This user also suggested the use of a vaporizer to avoid the ill-effects of inhaling burnt plant matter.
User 3 shared their experience of the combined use of cannabis and Modafinil. The user carefully calibrated their Modafinil dosage to a strength of of 50mg, occasionally 25mg. The user did not ingest Modafinil daily, the better to judge its effects in combination with cannabis. The user also follows a ketogenic diet and has a healthy nutritional intake. The user claimed that the Modafinil produced anti-appetite effects which counteracted the common appetite-stimulation effect of cannabis.
User 4 expressed a dislike for combining cannabis with Adderall. They felt that the Adderall counteracted the pleasurable effects of cannabis, leading to a weak high. They also said the cannabis detracted from the mental clarity effect expected of Adderall, leading to a distracted state of mind. The user also believed that combing cannabis and Adderall would induce headaches.
User 5 felt that consuming cannabis following a prolonged state of Adderall-induced wakefulness led to intensified and psychoactivity. This user also mentioned that they would, if offered, generally choose to smoke high quality cannabis if it was offered at any time following consumption of Adderall.
User 6 offered a list of the effects experienced when combining an amphetamine, such as Adderall, with smoked cannabis:
2) Creative thought
3) Intricate and in-depth thought
They stated that the subjective effect on their dialogue was to make it more insightful and witty.
User 7 recommended taking Adderall in combination with marijuana only outside of business hours. Their stated reason for this recommendation is that one can experience feelings of being mentally overwhelmed by effects of the cannabis. They stated that subjective awareness is expanded as the Adderall causes increased mental alertness while cannabis promotes a more profound processing of sensory information.
User 8 felt cannabis and Adderall (which he termed “Madderall”) were complimentary. He said that cannabis counteracted the major drawback of Adderall, which is decreased creativity. He said that particularly in social situations in which people behave conservatively, “Madderall” would make one more popular due to enhanced wit and extroversion.
Common drawback: cannabis frequently impairs spatial memory. This can lead to forgetfulness in terms of your surroundings and the placement of objects. Losing your phone or keys is a common symptom.
Contra-indicated users: combination of Cannabis and Adderall is best avoided by those with particular psychiatric conditions, such as depression and especially manic-depressive disorder. Adderall may induce mania and the mental disorientation common to cannabis will likely exacerbate the episode.
User 9 reports taking 30mg. of Adderall daily and frequently smokes cannabis. He has had an Adderall prescription for a dozen years. He found it helpful in his career but experienced difficulty in sleeping. He self-medicated with alcohol to correct this but his doctor recommended 50mg. of Seroquil as an alternative. He recommends this sleep aid as, for him, it counteracts the stimulatory effects of Adderall within half an hour. This has helped him in his effort to give up drinking. He does however recommend using Seroquil with caution as it is a powerful sedative.
User 10 relates the history of his acquaintance who takes high dosages of Adderall due to having developed a tolerance for the drug. Apparently she only feels high when using potent marijuana in combination with three 30mg. XR tablets of Adderall. It is possible her inability to easily enjoy the relaxation of cannabis is due to a pre-existing anxiety disorder.
This user says that their acquaintance greatly enjoys the combination of cannabis and Adderall as it grants her a feeling of euphoria. The user speculates that she may be suffering from an attention deficit disorder which she manages through the drug combination. She achieves greater mental clarity and speed from the Adderall and her anxiety is lessened by the cannabis.
In conclusion, it is best to know the side effects of both Adderall / Ritalin and cannabis before consuming either. If you decide to take these drugs in combination, exercise caution. Start with low doses and ask a sober friend to watch over you. Record all effects which you experience.