Xanax is a drug commonly used to treat anxiety or panic disorders. After an individual takes the drug for a while, it common that they will build up a tolerance to the drug and require more of the drug to have the same effects. When Xanax is used with marijuana, many dangerous health problems are possible.

For example, marijuana causes short-term memory impairment. The user is more likely to forget if he or she has recently had another drug, how much was taken or what drug was used. This can be dangerous for individuals who are also taking Xanax as they are more likely to have a drug overdose.

Health Problems From Combining Marijuana and Xanax

Sleepy man on busWhen marijuana and Xanax are taken together, an individual may experience life-threatening situations. Some of the dangers that people experience when combining marijuana and Xanax include the following:

Symptoms of overdose may include the following:

  • Drowsiness or feelings of sleepiness
  • Confusion or having an unclear mind
  • Problems with coordination
  • Loss of consciousness1

While some of these symptoms may not appear to be serious, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention if you are not sure. The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that over 67,300 Americans died from drug overdose in 2018.2 Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you or a loved one are experiencing these overdose symptoms.

Mental health risks are another serious concern when an individual combines Xanax and marijuana. They may experience paranoia, anxiety, and hallucinations. Combining any drugs can result in a lethal combination. Do not combine drugs, unless directed to do so by your doctor. Always communicate your concerns with your doctor if you feel you are experiencing any complications or side effects from a prescription.

If you or someone you know is overdosing on Xanax or another drug, it is vital to take the following steps:
  • Call for medical attention. Do not try to handle a drug overdose on your own. Medical professionals are needed.
  • Check your surroundings If helping the person who is overdosing puts you or others at risk, remove yourself from the area, while you wait for help to arrive.
  • Look for other drugs. Plastic bags, pill bottles or other miscellaneous containers can help medical professionals identify what drugs were involved in the overdose.
  • Ask questions. If the individual can respond, ask questions about what drug was used and how much of the drug was used. This information will help medical personnel respond to the situation.

Drug overdose is a serious condition that requires medical attention immediately. Remain calm and get immediate professional help. Your actions can save a life and prevent the dangers of combining marijuana and Xanax.

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1Alprazolam.” MedlinePlus, Accessed on May 16, 2018.

2Overdose Death Rates.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, Accessed March 19, 2020.

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