Taking different drugs together can affect you in any number of ways. While it can increase your high, combining drugs can also cause adverse side effects, heightening the risk of health complications such as heart palpitations, heart attack and even overdose.
Drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers slow down your heart rate and breathing, making you feel relaxed and sleepy. If you mix these kind of ‘slowing down’ drugs together (including alcohol), the effect is even stronger. The danger is that you’ll become so relaxed that you stop breathing altogether.
If you mix stimulants like amphetamines, cocaine and methamphetamines it will most likely make you feel the opposite. You’ll feel really high and full of energy but at the same time it can make you feel angry, stressed and strung out, which can lead to fights and other violent behaviour. Misuse of stimulants can put a lot of pressure on your heart and in some cases, cause an overdose.
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Ecstasy taken with pot can affect you differently every time. While cannabis is sometimes used after taking ecstasy to ease the comedown, the mix can also lead to unexpected hallucinations (seeing and/or hearing things) and feeling paranoid and stressed out.
Mixing drugs that affect you in different ways can be dangerous. Take ice and Xanax for example. While the ice speeds up your heart and nervous system, the Xanax slows everything down. So your body is working overtime trying to make sense of what’s happening to it. This increases your chances of something going wrong.
Mixing drugs is a dangerous game and something everyone should try and avoid. But if you’re using more than one substance at a time, try to get as much information as you can about what you’re taking, how it’s going to make you feel and what the risks are. Also make sure someone you trust knows what you have mixed.