Dangers of Combining Marijuana and LSD

Any one drug puts your or a loved one’s health and happiness at risk. Combining them is even more risky. And one combination you may not think to worry about? Marijuana and LSD. These two drugs are often seen as harmless, but they can create real dangers when used alone or together.

Do People Combine Marijuana and LSD?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana, “is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.”1 Over ten percent of adults have used LSD at least once in their lifetime.2 Both of these drugs are widely abused, and they may be combined out of a desire to create a new, stronger or different “high.”

Potentially Dangerous Effects of Marijuana Use

marijuana leaf illustrationMarijuana is a mind-altering intoxicant, stimulant, psychedelic and depressant. Use can involve the following side effects:

  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty learning
  • Decreased problem-solving skills
  • Lack of alertness
  • Trouble organizing and using information
  • Forgetfulness

These side effects can have consequences. They inhibit clear thought and action. Users may be involved in accidents or injury. They may make decisions that can damage their physical health. Other words or actions can affect how they interact with others personally and professionally. Marijuana may also make using other drugs like LSD seem like a harmless or even good idea. Long-term use can result in tolerance, dependence, addiction and withdrawal.

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana has relatively few physical side effects compared to other drugs like opiates or benzodiazepines. This doesn’t mean marijuana withdrawal symptoms don’t exist or are “easy” to overcome.

Long-term users may experience the following withdrawal symptoms when quitting:
  • Irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Decreased appetite

So even when LSD isn’t involved, marijuana can impact health and happiness. It can create risks and dangers, and it can be very hard to quit.

Potentially Dangerous Effects of LSD Use

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a synthetic illicit drug that can produce delusions and visual hallucinations that distort a person’s sense of time and identity. Because LSD is a hallucinogen, users experience extreme changes in mood, feel several emotions at once or swing rapidly from one emotion to another. Some people suffer impaired perceptions regarding depth, time, size and shape of objects, movements, color, sound and touch.

Users may also experience negative side effects such as the following:

  • Fear
  • Panic
  • Terrifying thoughts and feelings
  • Fear of losing control
  • Fear of insanity
  • Dilated pupils
  • Higher body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Sleeplessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Tremors2

When users experience hallucinations and perceive these sensations as reality, they often act irrationally or dangerously. They can pose a threat to themselves and others. When these side effects combine with marijuana’s side effects, dangerous problems can arise.

LSD Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana isn’t the only drug often seen as non-addictive or without withdrawal symptoms. However as with marijuana, LSD withdrawal can involve mental and physical health complications. LSD withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Impaired memory
  • Lessened attention span
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty with abstract thought
  • Psychological dependence
  • Suicidal thoughts

Individuals withdrawing from both LSD and marijuana may find themselves experiencing even greater negative and potentially dangerous thoughts and moods.

Dangers of Combining Marijuana and LSD

When drugs like marijuana and LSD come together, users lose control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. When you are in such a vulnerable state, you cannot make good decisions, you do not care for your safety and you put yourself at risk.

Some additional risks involved with LSD and marijuana include the following:
  • Losing your job
  • Damaging your interpersonal relationships
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Experiencing financial loss
  • Performing illegal acts to acquire drugs
  • Experiencing a psychotic episode
  • Attempting suicide

The effects of marijuana and LSD aren’t harmless. They can impact how you feel now, and they can change your relationships, career and future. Mixing the two can have dangerous consequences, so seek help today to end marijuana and LSD abuse.

Help for Marijuana and LSD Abuse

We’re here to help 24 hours a day. The Canyon understands the dangers of LSD and marijuana. Our experienced staff can help you or a loved one break free from addiction. We are here to help, so please give us a call at 424-387-3118 and take the first steps towards healing.

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1 Marijuana.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Feb. 2018.

2 Hallucinogens.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Accessed 8 Jun. 2018.

3 LSD.” Alcohol and Drug Foundation. 8 Jun. 2018.

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