Marijuana and Xanax

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Xanax® and marijuana both have sedative effects. Taking both of these drugs at once can enhance these effects, causing an increase in drowsiness.[1]

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that is sometimes used for medicinal purposes. It is made from the dried buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant. Users typically either grind or shred it into small pieces to roll into a cigarette, or smoke it from a pipe or water pipe called a "bong". Some people cook marijuana into foods. Hash is similar to marijuana, but is more highly concentrated. The active ingredient of both marijuana and hash is THC, which affects activity in cannabinoid receptors found in the brain. Marijuana is grown in the United States, and is also imported from countries like Mexico and Canada. It is not legal under U.S. federal law.[2]


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Xanax active ingredient Alprazolam[3]
Manufacturer Pharmacia[3]
Uses Treats anxiety[3]
Common side effects Drowsiness, talkativeness, lightheadedness[3]
Major side effects Addiction, low blood pressure[3]
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About Xanax

Xanax® is a benzodiazepine prescribed to treat general anxiety disorder. It is a fast-acting drug designed to temporarily relieve anxiety and panic attacks, but it is not a cure. Patients who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder experience excessive worry. They exhibit symptoms such as soreness, twitching or restlessness in the muscles, shortness of breath, heart palpitations or rapid heart rate, upset stomach, or a lump in the throat. Other symptoms are also possible, and general anxiety disorder is usually diagnosed if the patient suffers from anxiety for a period of six months or longer.[3]

Side effects of Xanax® include tiredness, dizziness, and reduced coordination. With extended use, patients can become physically dependent on Xanax®. Quitting suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms.[3]

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Marijuana and Xanax

There is little data on the possible interactions between Xanax® and marijuana. However, it is known that users can experience excessive drowsiness when taking the two drugs together. The increased drowsiness occurs because Xanax® depresses the central nervous system, while marijuana exacerbates the tiredness caused by CNS depressants.[4] Xanax produces similar interactions with other psychotropic agents.[3]

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References

  1. http://whatmeds.stanford.edu/medications/xanax.html
  2. http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/abuse/drug_data_sheets/Marijuana.pdf
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=51023
  4. http://www.nhtsa.gov/People/injury/research/job185drugs/cannabis.htm