Dangers of Combining Marijuana and Oxycodone

Dangers of Combining Marijuana and OxycodoneThe human body develops a tolerance to drugs very quickly. This means that users will need larger or more frequent doses in order to achieve the effects they desire. Eventually a plateau is reached where no amount of the drug will achieve the original high. When this happens addicts are likely to start combining drugs in order to achieve that high. Mixing different drugs, or drugs with alcohol, can be extremely dangerous physically and psychologically.

Marijuana Tolerance and Addiction

When first used, individuals will only need a few hits of marijuana in order to feel high. But in time the user will be able to use significant quantities and not feel as high as the first time they tried the drug. While marijuana is not technically addictive in a physical sense, it provides the same kind of emotional relief of underlying psychological symptoms as alcohol and other drugs. As their tolerance increases they will smoke more and more but may never reach the high they crave.

When an addict plateaus on marijuana he may begin to experiment with alcohol or harder drugs like opiates. Taking an oxycodone pill while smoking or ingesting marijuana will give the user a much more intense high. They may believe that the oxycodone is enhancing their marijuana high, but the truth is that the stronger intoxication brought on by the opiate is what they are experiencing. Oxycodone tends to over-ride the effects of marijuana, but when first tried the user will achieve the high they crave. This leads very quickly to full-blown opiate addiction; something marijuana users will not have experienced and will not likely be prepared for.

Oxycodone Tolerance and Dependence

Oxycodone is a synthetic opiate that is used for the short-term management of moderate to severe pain following injury or surgery. It is occasionally used for more chronic intermittent pain such as migraine or fibromyalgia. Oxycodone is directly related to heroin and opium and shares those drugs’ potential for both physical and psychological addiction.

Opiates like oxycodone block pain by binding to special chemical receptors in the central nervous system. This prevents these receptors from transmitting pain signals. While the drug is present the body stops producing its own natural supply of pain managing endorphins. This means that if and when the user stops taking the medication they will experience physical withdrawal symptoms until their body re-establishes its natural chemical balance.

In the process of blocking physical pain, oxycodone also masks symptoms of emotional or psychological distress. Individuals with any of the following disorders should be especially careful when taking prescription narcotics:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Borderline personality disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD

The brain craves the relief oxycodone brings in a very powerful way. As tolerance to the drug grows the user will crave higher and higher doses that place them at an increased risk for overdose and other physiological side-effects. Many oxycodone addicts then “graduate” to even more intense opiates such as morphine or heroin.

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