Yes, we all know that we shouldn’t mix drugs (or drinks, for that matter), but sometimes, it is too hard to avoid a bad drug combination.
When the party gets rolling, people tend to forget all about precautions and this can lead to unpleasant and even dangerous consequences. Often taking several substances in rapid succession with no regard or maybe knowledge of their effects when combined. A moment of carelessness can ruin the entire night, not only for the people who took the wrong combination of drugs but also for their friends.
Understanding the compatibility (or lack thereof) of various psychoactive substances is very important if you want to avoid ugly scenes. Some drug pairings might not present any problems at all, but others could produce a nasty reaction, especially when both components are taken in high doses. Keep in mind that any adverse effects are highly individualised, so the fact that someone you know already tried the combination doesn’t make it safe for you to repeat that dubious feat.
To help you prepare for the upcoming holidays and the insane amount of partying that happens around this time of the year, let’s list some of the bad drug combinations that should be avoided at all costs:
Alcohol and sedatives
Having a few drinks for New Year’s Eve probably won’t do you too much harm, but only if you are smart enough not to touch any benzodiazepines on the same night. These two substance classes have a terrible interaction that -when taken in large amounts – might leave you completely incapacitated for a long period of time, with major speech and movement impediments. Some people often report getting into fights due to feeling little to no pain and having a sense or fearlessness.
People who indulge in this combo usually wake up the next day with a bad headache and a blank space where last night’s memories should be. If you are lucky anyway.
Alcohol and sedatives such as Xanax or Diazepam have been linked to the deaths of Health Ledger, famous for his role is the Batman films, Michael Jackson, Famous worldwide for his many hit records and even more recently the late Whitney Houston.
It can be especially troublesome if you are going out and have to return home on your own – there is a realistic chance you might end up in a random ditch along the way without knowing how you even got there. If you absolutely must take sleeping pills for whatever reason, wait until you are safely in your bed and the alcohol you consumed starts evaporating from your system.
Alcohol and ecstasy
Another very bad drug combination, yet very popular combinations, is between alcohol and MDMA, even if many clubbers regularly mix them. People on ecstasy need to be properly hydrated throughout the experience to minimise adverse effects, but chugging on beer is not the right way to ingest liquids since alcohol will actually reduce the amount of available water in the organism.
It is tolerable to have a drink or two before taking MDMA, but once the drug starts taking hold it would be advisable to abstain from further drinking and stick to mineral water or energy drinks for the rest of the night. Too much alcohol can also upset more sensitive stomachs, leading to a diminished feeling of body wellbeing and preventing the person from enjoying the experience.
It would be a pity to spend the big night locked in a restroom cubicle instead on the dance floor, so pay good attention to keeping the booze to a minimum if you are going clubbing with the help of chemical mood changers.
Amphetamines and cocaine
Although closely related in terms of the basic psychophysical imprint, these two substances can be dangerous when they are consumed alongside each other. Both are certain to accelerate the heartbeat and increase blood pressure, and pushing too far in this direction can cause hyperventilation or even cardiac arrest.
Dosage can be extremely tricky here too since the substances have different potency and half-life and it is difficult to know when the effects from the previous dose will subdue. This problem is compounded by the fact that coke and speed have a similar appearance and it is quite simple to assume wrong when you are offered a line by someone you meet at a party. Always ask what drug is in front of you and try to ascertain how pure it is before you take it – not afterwards!
Cocaine and LSD
Hallucinogenic are notoriously unpredictable, particularly when you are out at a party, so you really don’t need to make the ride bumpier than it needs to be. Adding a powerful stimulant, such as cocaine or amphetamine, to your drug intake won’t take away any weirdness of the acid trip, and might only cause the flow of whirling images to become even faster and more bizarre.
Most importantly, it is possible to experience paranoid episodes or misrepresent simple actions of people around you, leading to potential trouble with strangers or even the police. These unwanted visions could be stronger if you take stimulants after you already ingested a large dose of LSD and the psychotropic effects are underway. The worst thing is that it might be very difficult to understand what exactly is happening since the user might be experiencing sensory delusions that look all too real.
LSD and Synthetic weed
The last thing you want to do when you are going out is to be susceptible to anxiety attacks and physical discomfort and synthetic cannabinoids have a well-documented history of such incidents. It would be prudent to be careful with this group of substances even if you aren’t imbibing anything else, but caution is more than necessary if you take a strong hallucinogen at the same time.
With both drug types, extremely small quantities can produce effects that last for many hours and making a dosing mistake can amplify the negative effects to a problematic level.
Visual impairment caused by LSD can also present a problem if you are trying to determine the proper amount of synthetic cannabinoid to consume. Cannabinoids may have the same molecular mechanism as regular weed, but you must understand these chemical compounds are brand new in the market and have never been seriously tested for side effects.
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