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Adderall and Weed

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Adderall

Adderall is the brand name for a mixture of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s use is to commonly treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. As a central nervous system stimulant, Adderall increases energy, blood pressure, heart rate and improves attention and alertness- which is why most people use the drug. Adderall use is pretty common in college and academic culture for its ability to boost attentiveness and focus. A study conducted at the University of Kentucky found that 30 percent of its student population had abused a stimulant such as Adderall in order to enhance their studying. Adderall is a schedule II drug as categorized by the DEA which indicates that the drug has certain medical uses but has a high potential for abuse. 

 Adderall boosts the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain. Dopamine is commonly referred to as the ‘feel good’ chemical. It occurs in the body when we do something pleasurable, such as eating, drinking or having sex. It is also released synthetically by drugs such as Adderall. Some people experience this also from smoking weed, which is why they might combine Adderall and weed. Norepinephrine is a stress hormone which is typically released in the body whenever we encounter a fight or flight situation. Therefore it is no surprise that the drug boosts attentiveness and alertness. 

Adderall Abuse and Addiction

Adderall abuse is different than addiction. Abuse is generally considered any use of drugs outside of a prescription which includes taking more than the recommended dosage. Whereas addiction is a chronic disease where users experience compulsive desires to take drugs. Adderall abuse is pretty common with college students. They see it as a helpful tool for cramming before exams. 

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So is Adderall addictive? It can be. Typically the addiction stems from a previous history of abuse. If the abuse is to achieve a recreational high, the body will build a tolerance to the drug which will require the user to up their dosage. At a certain point, their body will begin to crave the amphetamine. Without the drug, people who are addicted may feel like they lack focus or attentiveness at which point could be characterized as an addiction.

How long does Adderall stay in your system?

Adderall has a half life of 9 to 14 hours. This means that it takes around 9 to 14 hours for the drug to reduce to half of the initially ingested dosage. Generally, Adderall will clear out of your system completely in 3 days; however, traces of the drug can last well past that. Certain drug tests can discover Adderall use such as:

  • Saliva tests can detect Adderall from 20 minutes to 48 hours after ingestion
  • Blood tests can detect Adderall from 12 to 24 hours after ingestion
  • Urine tests can detect Adderall from 4 to 7 days after ingestion
  • Hair follicle tests can detect Adderall from a week to 90 days after ingestion

What is marijuana?

Marijuana- also known as weed- is derived from the dried flowers of the cannabis plant. It contains hundreds of chemicals, some of which have psychoactive mind-altering properties such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other non-psychoactive chemicals such as cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana is one of the most abused illicit drugs in the world, but it can be used to treat some medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, appetite loss, cancer, and mental health issues such as PTSD or schizophrenia to name a few. Marijuana is a very popular recreational drug as it can relieve anxiety and reduce pain depending on the strain taken.

There is a lot of debate over whether marijuana is harmful, and how harmful if so, and whether it is even addictive. Research is limited as marijuana is illicit in most countries, until a few countries and states within the U.S. legalized use in recent years. While marijuana use it not going to lead to addiction that looks like meth or heroin addiction, there is always the potential for someone to abuse it just as with any other substance. Certain studies have shown possible negative effects from chronic, long-term use, though those may also be tied to users smoking tobacco which is known to be very harmful. Further, it’s possible for illicitly obtained marijuana to be laced with other substances which is where significant danger can come in.

Why do people use marijuana?

Many perceive marijuana as a ‘safe’ drug with no harmful impact on the body. While it is much less harmful than most other schedule I drugs, it still has some negative side effects and is illegal in some jurisdictions even for medical purposes. So why do people smoke marijuana? Well, surveys show that “relaxation” is the biggest reasons people smoke weed. Further a study reported that “cannabis significantly reduced ratings of depression, anxiety and stress.”

How long does marijuana stay in your system?

It is hard to pinpoint exactly how long traces of weed will stay in your system as that is largely circumstantial. In general, weed will show up in a drug test via:

  • Saliva up to 48 hours after use
  • Urine up to 21 days after use 
  • Blood up to 36 hours after use
  • Hair up to 90 days after use

This varies by individual factors and length of use.

Mixing adderall and weed

Adderall is a stimulant. However, weed’s properties and varying effects on individuals makes it harder to characterize. For example, some people may feel more relaxed and calm after smoking which presents more depressant effects. However, others may experience paranoia, increased heart rate or anxiety after smoking. Weed can also be characterized as a hallucinogen given the altered state of mind one will experience. While many characterize it as such, some people do not experience such effects. The effects of marijuana use vary widely and this also varies by method of consumption (e.g., smoking a joint, using a pipe, using a bong, eating edibles, etc.).

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So what would happen if you mixed Adderall and weed? It’s hard to say for the reasons listed above. Some users will mix the drugs in hopes that the Adderall will negate the depressive effects of the marijuana. It’s best to avoid the mixture. Effects can produce harmful outcomes such as shallow breathing and increased heart rate. Further, the mixture of a stimulant and marijuana can alter your state of mind which could encourage users to take risks or express behaviors which could be dangerous. Overdose is unlikely unless the Adderall dosage is high enough or other substances are mixed that interact dangerously with Adderall.

Treatment for Adderall and Weed Abuse and Addiction:

Treatment for Adderall or weed  abuse addiction can be tricky to tackle individually. Both drugs have different effects on the body and mind. Further, both are abused for different reasons and there is no one-size fits all treatment plan. Therefore we recommend contacting us for professional help and treatment if you or a loved one are dealing with abuse or addiction.

Resources:

CNN – College students take ADHD drugs for better grades

The Washington Post – 11 Charts that show marijuana has truly gone mainstream

Journal of Affective Disorders – A naturalistic examination of the perceived effects of cannabis

 

Adderall and Xanax

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Mixing Substances – Adderall and Xanax

With substance abuse and addiction, it is common for people to use multiple substances. It’s possible for this to include someone using their own legally prescribed drugs, as well as many people illicitly using legal and illegal drugs. Abusing three or more is polysubstance abuse. Often, mixing substances heightens the negative effects of the other. In particular, if two substances are sedatives where side effects are commonly slowed or suppressed breathing this is especially dangerous. It’s important for people to always communicate with their medical providers any substances they are taking to be as safe as possible.

Unfortunately, many people abusing multiple substances do not communicate with medical professionals nor do they fully understand the risks of combining substances. A number of people use substances as a way to cope with problems or to chase a certain “high” they get, and possibly both. Adderall and Xanax are some of the most commonly prescribed prescription drugs. They are also frequently abused, with many people dealing with unintended consequences.

Xanax: Xanax Recreational Use and the Xanax High

Xanax is one of the brand names for the drug alprazolam, which is a benzodiazepine. It’s primary use is to treat anxiety and panic disorders. This is accomplished through suppression of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body and it is part of reward and motivation; Xanax works to increase levels of dopamine in the body. Subsequently, people are able to feel calm and peaceful. Many people feel a heightened sense of euphoria, or the “Xanax High”. This feeling is something that a lot of people want to recreate to the point where they begin to misuse Xanax. 

Xanax is a fast-acting drug: it’s processed quickly and leaves the body quickly. The Xanax High that users feel will not last long, which will leave them needing more, increasing the dosage, to continue feeling the same euphoria. It’s possible for addiction to set in quickly with Xanax, even under proper medical supervision. Dr. Philip R. Muskin states that addiction is possible within even the first week of use. According to one study, in 2013 there were 48 million prescriptions of alprazolam dispensed, despite most prescribers considering the misuse liability to be high. Furthermore, the study reveals that withdrawal is severe, even following guidelines, and is more severe than other benzodiazepines. Because of the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms, many people are unable to stop use without professional help.

Adderall

Adderall is a stimulant made from amphetamine, which is the parent drug of methamphetamine. It primarily treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It helps people concentrate, and is often abused by people seeking to use it to enhance concentration and performance. Like Xanax, people misuse it for the ability to experience a euphoric feeling. As with a number of prescription drugs, people make the assumption that misuse isn’t that bad if the drug is legal. According to Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, use “…can also cause sleep disruption and serious cardiovascular side effects, such as high blood pressure and stroke.” Adderall should only be used when prescribed and under medical supervision. 

  Side effects can include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feveradderall-and-xanax-withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Body aches

 

 

Mixing Adderall and Xanax

For some, their Adderall and Xanax use might start out with a prescription and then turn to Adderall or Xanax recreational use. For others, they only ever use it illicitly and may do so desiring to feel the Adderall or Xanax high. 

Often, people snort substances to feel the effects faster and stronger. With recreational use, snorting Xanax is something some turn to in order to feel it faster and attain a stronger high. However, snorting Xanax, or any substance, is harmful to the human body. According to Time, “Snorting powder of any kind can lead to inflammation of the nasal lining, infection in the lungs and blockages of respiratory tracts and nasal airways.” Just as with Xanax, snorting Adderall is something that users will do to drastically increase one’s performance and concentration. Snorting Adderall may also increase the euphoric feeling (“Adderall High”) that some users seek.

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Stimulants and Depressants

Adderall and Xanax on their own, used under medical supervision, are meant to help. Still, even used properly they do have a high risk of misuse. It’s important for patients and their providers to take this into consideration. Misuse of substances is more likely to lead to tolerance, where someone then needs more of the substance to feel the same effect. With increased use, this is where someone is at risk for dependence, addiction, and overdose. Mixing substances heightens the negative effects of each substance. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), mixing stimulants and depressants can increase “…risk of death from stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, or respiratory failure.” Furthermore, with illicit use there is a high possibility substances are mixed with unknown substances. In recent years, there has been an increase of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, which further increases the risk of overdose and death.

Treatment

Both Adderall and Xanax have a high risk for misuse and addiction. While severity will vary, it’s important to seek professional, medical help. Withdrawal can be severe, which makes it difficult to do so without proper help. After continued misuse, someone will likely be increasing the dosages to maintain the same effects which leads to more dangerous consequences. A lot of people use Adderall and Xanax, legally or illegally, intending often to feel the benefits like less anxiety or increased concentration. Not everyone understands the inherent risk of using each drug, even with proper use. Because of this, they may find themselves dealing with abuse and addiction without realizing it.

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FAQs

How long does Xanax stay in your system?

Xanax is a short-acting drug, which means it will enter the body quickly and leave quickly. The effects of Xanax are immediate and can last up to 11 hours. This can vary depending on the prescription and amount taken. It’s possible to detect Xanax through testing for up to a week after use, though this can of course vary depending on length of use, dosage, and other factors unique to each person. The type of testing will also determine whether it’s possible to detect it.

Can you overdose on Xanax?

Generally, overdose on Xanax alone is not common. However, increased dosage or mixing substances does increase the risk, which varies depending on what the effects of other substances are. Alcohol and Xanax, for example, are both depressants that can suppress breathing which is incredibly dangerous. It’s important to discuss with your care provider about how substances interact with Xanax.

What does Xanax feel like? What is the Xanax High?

Xanax works to depress an over-excited central nervous system, which is why it’s so effective in short-term treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. It also increases dopamine, which provides what many call the “Xanax High”.

How to taper off Xanax –

If you or a loved one is using Xanax legally, it’s incredibly important to follow a medical professional’s instructions for tapering off. Even if someone is using it in a recreational manner, it’s still best to seek professional help. Suddenly stopping use can cause severe side effects and withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to quit on one’s own.

How long does Adderall stay in your system?

Generally, the effects of Adderall last for up to 6 hours, though extended-release can last for up to 12 hours. It’s possible to detect anywhere from a few days up to a week, depending on the type of test used. This can also vary for a variety of factors including dosage, length of use, and other aspects unique to each person.

Meth vs Adderall: Are they the same? Are they related?

Adderall is an amphetamine, the parent drug of methamphetamine (meth). They are both stimulants and have been used to treat similar health issues like ADHD. However, meth carries a much higher risk for addiction. Because of this, medical use is strictly monitored and infrequently prescribed.

Can you overdose on Adderall?

With proper use, an Adderall overdose is not likely. However, misuse and increased dosage raises the risk. Furthermore, mixing substances is potentially dangerous as they tend to heighten negative effects of the other. Anyone with a prescription should be sure to communicate with their provider if they use any other substances, legal or illegal.

What is the Adderall comedown like?

It’s important that anyone with a prescription does not suddenly stop without a medical professional’s care and instructions. Anyone using illicitly may also likely need professional help. Sudden cessation can cause withdrawal symptoms that include: anxiety, cravings, depression, and fatigue.

 

 

Adderall and Alcohol Abuse: The Smart Drug Combination of Choice?

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Adderall and Alcohol Abuse: The Smart Drug Combination of Choice?

There is prevalence in the use of prescription drugs among high school and college students observed in the last 10 years across the United States. Adderall is one of the legal drugs that is continuously gaining notoriety in college campuses and even in the workplace. Referred to as “study drug” or “smart drug”, young people are using it for non-medical purposes to help them focus and stay awake when studying or doing work, largely increasing their productivity, if not creativity.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is a stimulant that targets the central nervous system, and primarily designed for the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, which is a severe type of sleep disorder. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies Adderall as a Schedule II drug which basically means that this is highly controlled drug but can be prescribed by a physician for medical purposes. Though the drug has useful medical functions, misusing or abusing it can lead to dependence.

What Is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant that also targets the central nervous system. Where Adderall, a stimulant, increases the function of the excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain whereas alcohol inhibits the N-methyl-D-aspartate excitatory neurotransmitter, and increases the inhibitory neurotransmitters. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Alcohol is the most abused substance across the United States.

Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

Basic instructions when taking prescription medication include not taking alcohol when using prescription medication, or vice-versa. In short, mixing Adderall and alcohol is not advised.

A significant dose of Adderall will weaken the effects of alcohol. In combination with Adderall, people will be able to delay the groggy, sleepy, and depressing effect of alcohol. This means that a person under the influence of an Adderall-alcohol combo will have more time to do activities and a long time before passing out due to alcohol effect. The combination of Adderall and alcohol leads to:

  • Decreasing the effects of alcohol
  • Feeling of euphoria and excitement
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Increased level of alertness
  • Loss of appetite
  • insomnia

College students tend to abuse Adderall if they wish to study with improved concentration for a longer period of time. To counter the effects of Adderall such as hyperactivity and restlessness, alcohol is taken. The combo is also a party drug as taking Adderall with alcohol will counteract the effects of alcohol, allowing them to party longer, and drink huge amounts of alcoholic beverages without getting drunk.

Adderall and Alcohol Abuse: The Smart Drug Combination of Choice?

Dangers Of Adderall and Alcohol Combo

Adderall as stimulant blocks the depressant effects of alcohol. It is highly probable that people will overdose on alcohol, leading to alcohol poisoning due to the stimulant canceling the inebriating effect of alcohol. The negative effects of both substances are enhanced – issues with nausea and vomiting could lead to dehydration. Palpitations, headaches, insomnia and weight loss are other adverse physical effects.

A person under the influence of both substances is more likely to have issues with rational thinking and impaired judgment. He becomes more aggressive, has less motor coordination and visual perception, and have fewer inhibitions that could prompt him to take life-threatening risks. Short and long-term psychological effects include anxiety, paranoia, psychotic episodes and depression.

One of the effects of Adderall and alcohol abuse is stress on the cardiovascular system. Long-term effects of Adderall abuse include increased potential for developing stroke and cardiovascular disease as well as a neurological disorder, cognitive problems and damage to the central nervous system. The “study drug” may actually lead a person abusing it to have problems with learning, memory retention, and concentration. He might lose the skill to solve complicated problems, deal with apathy and exhibit depression that could lead to psychosis.

Recent studies indicate that individuals who abuse Adderall or Adderall combined with alcohol tend to have lower grades, as well as insignificant academic and professional achievements. In reality, Adderall does not enhance the cognitive abilities of users.

Who Uses Adderall

Today’s millennials seem to be the first batch of Americans prescribed stimulants during childhood and adolescence to medically address ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD. Studies indicate that men, ages 15 to 30 are the most gullible in abusing these drugs.

For some of them, the urge to continue using this drug as is, or in combination with alcohol continues even after graduation from secondary level. Most millennials are now in the workplace, bringing their prescription stimulants as job-performance enhancers.

A recently published article presented that workers in the fields of business, technology, finance, arts and other lines of work are using stimulants such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin to keep up with work and gain some advantage in their fields. It is no surprise that a good number of the working force use stimulants as a 2015 survey indicated that one in six tertiary level students misuse or abuse prescription stimulants for enhancing school performance. For them, the use of Adderall is a “successful” work habit and therefore merits continuous use after college.

There is still no dependable data that quantifies the use of stimulants in the workplace. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is looking into this new drug trend. A study concerning 11 million Americans in the workplace indicated that an alarming number tested positive for illegal substances, with amphetamines from Adderall and Ritalin coming in close second to marijuana as the most common drug detected. In relation, about 5 million adults (26 to 34 years old) have legitimate prescriptions for ADHD, and this definitely affects the number of adults in the workplace using drugs.

The use of prescription stimulants is seen in professions where the bulk of employees are in their 20s. Taking Adderall becomes a necessity for them to perform well in their tasks and get ahead of the game so to speak. If a potential workplace competitor is using Adderall to his advantage, others might be forced to take the stimulant too in order to even out the playing field.

Adderall Dependency

Adderall is addictive. Users rationalize that they only use the drug on a per case basis as a performance-enhancing drug. But when one uses Adderall because of “need” and not by “choice”, then there is a problem.

Addiction to amphetamines is a process. One does not get addicted to the drug by using it on occasions. But when misuse becomes dependence, denial on the part of the user is so compelling as he himself believes that he has it under control.

Adderall addiction symptoms include:

  • Inability to complete tasks without taking Adderall
  • A higher dose is needed for peak effect
  • Inability to stay alert and focused without taking Adderall
  • Use of Adderall in spite of knowing that doing so is harmful

In effect, Adderall is not only addictive, but drug detoxification is possible.  Misuse of this stimulant also complicates alcohol detoxification as it intensifies withdrawal symptoms of alcohol dependence. Substance abuse and dependency are treatable but you should always choose medically supervised alcohol detoxification more so if other drugs such as Adderall is involved.

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