May 22, 2017 12:25 PM

Dangerous Cannabis Interaction With Prescription Medications

Cannabis is the newest medical tool that is gradually conquering the field. Though scientists have already studied many aspects of the plant, they do not know all the nuances of the plant's interaction with the traditional prescription medications.

This matter will be a major topic of the upcoming studies. However, even now, we know of some medicine that you should not mix with cannabis. In general, the best advice for all medical marijuana patients is to consult their doctor and not self-medicate. Besides, it is one thing to use a single kind of additional pills, but throwing several other drugs into the mix can be dangerous. So, here are some types of medicine that do not go well with cannabinoids.

Drugs that contain buprenorphine are opioid in nature. Ironically, they are used to treat opioid addiction. When combined with cannabis, the medication can cause respiratory problems, coma, and even death. Besides, you risk being overly sedated due to the similar properties of the plant and the medicine. Inability to wake up and control motor functions, slow speech and heartbeat, cognitive difficulties—all these symptoms require emergency help.

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The drugs that contain buprenorphine are:

  • Butrans
  • Belbuca
  • Buprenex
  • Probuphine
  • Suboxone

Beta blockers are another kind of drugs that are not friendly to cannabis. In general, it is believed that people with heart issues should consume weed very carefully, if not avoid it at all. The plant lowers blood pressure and increases heart rate, which can lead to a heart attack. Beta blockers are used by many people with heart diseases. They have the opposite effect on the heart rate. This combination can lead to dizziness, nausea, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and shallow breathing.

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Beta blockers are found in:

  • Corgard
  • Inderal LA
  • Lopressor
  • Sectral
  • Tenormin
  • Toprol XL

Synthetic opioid painkiller levomethadyl acetate causes sedation. Combined with the same effects of heavy weed, it can lead to serious problems—they are not only uncomfortable but also physically dangerous. The mix can lead to drowsiness, dizziness, shallow breathing, impaired judgment and thinking, poor motor coordination, and confusion. These symptoms may not seem to be very dangerous, but do not take your wellbeing lightly.

This painkiller is sold under the brand name Orlaam.

The last but not the least dangerous group of medication are serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). They are often used in the treatment of depression and nerve pain. Although there is not much research on the interaction of the two remedies, both of them cause serotonin spikes that can lead to sudden serotonin syndrome. You have to watch out for such symptoms as headache, muscle twitching, rapid heart rate, paranoia, confusion, agitation, and gastrointestinal distress.

The elements are present in:

  • Cymbalta
  • Effexor
  • Pristiq

This list of the prescription drugs that do not go well with marijuana is not full. There are some other substances that lead to unpleasant consequences. Among them are antipsychotic medications, sodium oxybate, SSRIs, benzodiazepines, etc.

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