Drugs and Substances Marijuana Can Be Laced With
Marijuana can be laced with other psychoactive drugs to produce varied psychoactive effects. Some of these other drugs may include:
- Lead or other heavy metals
- Fungus and bacteria
- Embalming fluid
- Laundry detergent
Lacing is a very common practice for some drugs, particularly drugs like cocaine that are often laced with other substances to bulk up the amount of the original product and gain more profits. Other drugs that are sold by weight may also laced be with other substances in order to add weight or bulk them up to enhance their profitability. In some cases, drugs are laced with another substance to alter the psychoactive effects of the drug (either to enhance or diminish these effects), such as recent cases reported in the media of heroin being laced with the drug fentanyl. Many times, this practice ends up producing a potentially deadly combination of drugs.
Reliable statistics on how much marijuana is laced intentionally are not available, and a good number of the reports of laced marijuana comes from news reports. As cannabis products become legalized for medicinal purposes, and even recreational purposes in some states, there will be specific regulations regarding the quality of the substance that is legally marketed. Thus, buying laced marijuana is far more likely to occur when an individual buys the drug from an illicit source.
Drugs and Substances Marijuana Can Be Laced With
Marijuana can be potentially laced with any other psychoactive drug in order to produce varied psychoactive effects or with other inert plant materials to make it weigh more and potentially generate more profit. According to Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, substances that are commonly known to be added to marijuana either intentionally or unintentionally include the following:
Any number of other psychoactive substances and bulking agents can be added to marijuana.
Some General Effects of Laced Marijuana
Stimulants that are added to marijuana will result in the person experiencing stimulating effects; central nervous system depressants added to marijuana will produce significant feelings of sedation and lethargy; hallucinogenic drugs added to marijuana will produce hallucinations and delusions, etc. Aside from these substance-specific effects, there are also some general overall side effects that may occur when one uses marijuana that is laced with some other substance. These more general effects include:
- Using marijuana and experiencing no psychoactive effects at all as a result of significant additions of inert plant materials
- Experiencing uncharacteristic feelings of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other signs of illness
- Experiencing difficulty breathing, dizziness, lightheadedness, or beginning to feel as if things are not real
- Noticing significant alterations in heart rate or blood pressure
- Experiencing uncharacteristic insomnia, decreased appetite, uncharacteristic nervousness or jitteriness, or becoming very irritable
- Experiencing psychotic effects, including hallucinations, delusions, and marked confusion or disorientation
Precautions to Take
The majority of individuals who use marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes do not expect to be using marijuana that is laced with some other psychoactive substance. Individuals who regularly engage in the practice of lacing marijuana do so in an attempt to alter or enhance the psychoactive effects of the drug. Obviously, anytime one resorts to mixing various psychoactive substances, the practice can result in a number of diverse effects, many of which can be potentially dangerous. Individuals who are not aware of what they are actually consuming are subject to severe emotional issues as a result of the potential interaction of THC and other substances that may be added to the drug.
A few precautions can be taken by individuals using marijuana for medicinal use that can reduce the possibility that one is buying marijuana that has been laced with unwanted substances. According to a number of pro-marijuana legalization sites, these precautions include the following:
- Never purchase ground marijuana.
- Never purchase marijuana from someone who will not let the substance be inspected by a potential buyer.
- Thoroughly inspect products before purchasing them.
- Do not purchase marijuana that appears or smells odd. For example, marijuana that smells like fuel may have added substances, such as butane or other chemicals.
- Do not purchase marijuana that appears to have unusual substances in it or is extremely glossy.
- Individuals who use marijuana for medicinal purposes should only purchase the product from reputable dealers.
- Do not be afraid to discard marijuana that is suspect.
- If possible, have the substance tested.