Dangers of Combining Marijuana and Depression
Chronic marijuana users often lack motivation. Some may even seem depressed or display signs of another mental illness. According to research from the Harvard Medical School, marijuana use increases the risk of depression as well as the risk of schizophrenia. However, people who are depressed do not use marijuana more often than people who are not depressed, and they do not know whether marijuana triggers the onset of depression in those who are predisposed to it or if it actually causes the illnesses. Marijuana alone can be dangerous, but mixing or combining it with other drugs can be extremely dangerous.
Dangers of Combining Other Drugs with marijuana
Marijuana can damage a user’s health whether he uses a small or large amount. The negative health effects of marijuana become more serious and life threatening when the addict starts combining it with other drugs. Included in the following are some of the most common marijuana combinations:
- Alcohol and marijuana enhances both drugs
- Amphetamines and marijuana reduces the harsh speed buzz
- Ecstasy and marijuana prolongs ecstasy’s side effects
- LSD and marijuana heightens the peak of LSD abuse
Combining other miscellaneous drugs either to enhance or counteract the effects of a substance can be extremely dangerous. By combining miscellaneous drugs with marijuana, many users get confused and forget the last dosage, time or how they took the drug. This can be dangerous and the addict is at risk for an overdose.
Overdose Risks of Marijuana and Depression
Overdose becomes a serious risk when an addict uses or abuses drugs. This risk can be increased by combining miscellaneous drugs. Included in the following is what you should do if you or a loved one is experiencing an overdose:
- Remain calm
- Check for vitals and call for medical help
- Check your surroundings: if you see pills, syringes or powders, then inform medical personal about what you see, smell and think the addict may have taken
- Know that no matter what the outcome is that you did your best and you are not responsible for the overdose
Seeing a loved one experiencing an overdose can be extremely scary. The more observant you are of the surroundings and of the addict’s vital signs, the better chances she has for a full recovery.
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