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Dangers of Combining Marijuana and Adderall

When compared with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin, it can be easy to underestimate how dangerous marijuana can be. Recreational drug users often view marijuana as harmless, but it has many devastating side effects — and that is when it is used alone.

Mixing it with other drugs like Adderall can significantly increase risks. It is not worth jeopardizing your life by taking these drugs together. It is important to learn how they can affect you so that you can strengthen your resolve to get help and abstain from drug use.

Side Effects of Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is a mind-altering drug with the following side effects:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Inability to control thoughts
  • Impaired thinking
  • Impaired learning abilities
  • Increased appetite1

During a marijuana high, users feel slow and describe their feelings less intelligently than they normally do. To counter these effects many users mix marijuana with Adderall, an amphetamine that treats Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) to increase focus, concentration and productivity. It also gives users an increased amount of energy and suppresses appetite.2

Marijuana users view Adderall as a perfect solution to the depressive effects of marijuana while still feeling a high. However, while this seems like the perfect combination, it can actually result in a scary recipe for dangerous health problems, including overdose.

Risks of Mixing Marijuana and Adderall

Marijuana Leaf And Medical PillsNo matter how safe users claim a drug combination to be, there are always risks involved when combining substances. For example, mixing Adderall and marijuana can lead to an increased risk of drowsiness, heart attack, stroke and lung cancer in addition to weakening the immune system.

This combination of drugs causes users to experience increased energy and euphoria, which may encourage them to take dangerous risks.

For example, because Adderall increases the sensations of a marijuana high, many users increase their doses. As a user’s body adjusts to the medication, tolerance develops, and the dose must be increased to feel effects. This can lead directly to Adderall addiction and eventually a fatal overdose.

Help for Marijuana and Adderall Users

If you or a loved one struggle with marijuana and Adderall abuse, call our toll-free helpline now at 269.280.4673. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about drug abuse, addiction or treatment. Do not damage your life and your body by abusing marijuana and Adderall. You take your life in your hands with every use, but we want to help you find a healthy and sober future.


1What is marijuana?” National Institute on Drug Abuse, February 2018.

2Adderall.”, August 12, 2017.