Most people know cocaine is a stimulant that can make you feel alert, energetic, and elated. Whether you snort, smoke, or inject it, cocaine has a number of side effects and carries a number of health risks—from cardiovascular problems to the development of substance addiction. These effects are compounded and made more dangerous when mixed with other drugs.
What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Combine Different Drugs?
Mix coke and booze if you want to damage your heart. Weed and alcohol, if you want to make yourself dizzy and sick. MDMA and acid if you want to go temporarily insane.
People don’t often take their drugs in isolation. In fact, poly substance use—tends to be the norm rather than the exception for most drug users.
COCAINE AND ALCOHOL
This is a pretty common combination, with many casual cocaine users only really taking the drug if they’ve already been drinking. Unsurprisingly—given that one’s an upper and one’s a downer—it’s not a mix that’s very good for your heart, or your general wellbeing. However, it does create a whole new different kind of high in itself, which is possibly why so many people end up reaching for their phones once they’ve got a few beers inside them. Mixed together it is called Cocaethylene.
The highest risk from this combination comes from people not recognizing their drug problem.
If you drink half a bottle of wine and take four codeine tablets, and you think, ‘I don’t have a problem,” But actually, the combination of those has a huge risk of overdose. Lots of people would be on prescription opiates and Bezos, but [combined with alcohol] they can quickly make you stop breathing.”
KETAMINE AND ALCOHOL
Ketamine, commonly used as a veterinary tranquilizing agent,
Alcohol hugely increases the bladder problems triggered by ketamine because of the dehydration. Also, it gets you sedated and you lose your balance, which increases the risk of getting into a K-hole.” The K-hole effect can happen as soon as 10 to 20 minutes after taking the drug. Users first experience an inability to move followed by a total disconnect from physical sensations as hallucinations start to take shape. The inability to move when on ketamine accounts for its classification as a date rape drug.
MIXING HEROIN AND COCAINE
When heroin and cocaine are abused concurrently, this comorbid use is called “speed balling. And while cocaine can decrease the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid addiction the combination greatly increases the odds of a fatal overdose.
MDMA AND WEED
Weed is the most common [substance] people take to get rid of a nasty [MDMA] comedown they smoke weed or take sleeping pills at the end of the night.”
The main risk this poses would be making you anxious and paranoid, compounding the anxiety and paranoia
MXE AND ALCOHOL
Methoxetamine (MXE) we know that it is chemically related to ‘dissociative anaesthetics’ like ketamine and PCP, and therefore has similar effects and risks. From anecdotal reports, MXE appears to be much stronger than ketamine, suggesting a higher risk of overdose. It is likely that mixing MXE with alcohol will have a similar effect to mixing ketamine with alcohol, this can dangerously affect the way you breathe and how your heart works, and can lead to unconsciousness, which can be even more dangerous if vomit is inhaled. If high doses are taken, it can cause death.
Like all drugs, you can never be entirely sure that what you’re using is actually MXE and not something with different effects and risks.
DANGERS OF MIXING MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL
Drug users think that it is OK to down a couple of drinks and then smoke a joint, or two. What often happens is that the user at the end of night is not actually aware of the amount of drugs and alcohol taken, which can result with intoxication.
When alcohol and marijuana enter the body through different paths and may act differently, but their effects can overlap. Feeling kind of numb, a bit dizzy, losing track of time and space…Both drugs symptoms complement each other. But when combined, weed and alcohol can result in high rate of errors and accidents due to real time functioning and rational thinking impairment on specific tasks. The combination of alcohol and marijuana can results in major impact on the central nervous system (CNS). Here are some of the most common symptoms: changes in emotional behaviour, compromised judgment, concentration severely drops down, decreased attention, perception and memory, impaired motor coordination, thinking and problem solving, memory loss
Remember all drugs carry risks and you never know how you’ll react to a drug so it’s a bit of a lottery, please do not mix drugs and alcohol.