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Tranquilizer (Xylazine) Cut in Heroin Increases Overdose Risk

What is Xylazine? a.k.a TRANQ

Xylazine is an effective non-opiate sedative, analgesic, and muscle relaxant that has been authorized for veterinary use in the United States by the FDA. It is not currently classified as a controlled substance under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.

In the early 2000s, Xylazine was first reported as an adulterant in Heroin in Puerto Rico through DEA reporting and laboratory analysis. Approximately a decade later, it was documented on the island as a drug of abuse, which has continued to be the case.

Why is Xylazine a dangerous adulterant?

Xylazine affects the central nervous system, and it can cause a range of physical effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Amnesia
  • Reduced:
  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure

These effects can be potentially dangerous, especially when other central nervous system depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines are also being used.

Why is dangerous to combine Xylazine and opioids?

When opioids are taken in combination with xylazine and other depressants, the risk of overdose becomes even greater.

An overdose occurs when the body is unable to process the amount of drugs that have been consumed, leading to a potentially fatal suppression of breathing and other vital functions.

Why is Xylazine used as an adulterant?

  1. Accessibility: Xylazine is legitimately sold directly to veterinarians. However, xylazine is also readily available for purchase on other Internet sites in liquid and powder form, often with no association to the veterinary profession nor requirements to prove legitimate need.
  2. Increases profit margin: Xylazine powder can be purchased online from different suppliers with common prices ranging from $6-$20 U.S. dollars per kilogram.
  3. Psychoactive effect: its psychoactive effects allows suppliers to reduce the amount of fentanyl or heroin used in a mixture.

  4. Attractive to low-income drug users: Xylazine is described as having many of the same effects as opioids, but with a longer-lasting effect than fentanyl alone. Some users intentionally seek out heroin or fentanyl mixed with xylazine, while many are completely unaware it is included as an adulterant.

Steps If Xylazine Overdose is Suspected

  1. Seek medical attention immediately.
  2. Experts recommend administering NALOXONE, which is an opioid overdose reversal medication. Even if naloxone won’t reverse the effect of xylazine on breathing, xylazine is often combined with opioids.
  3. STAY with the person until medical attention arrives – Good Samaritan Laws exist in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere to help protect you from criminal charges.

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What Are Benzodiazepines (Benzos)?

What exactly are Benzos?

Benzodiazepines are a class of psychoactive drugs that are commonly used for their sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties.

They work by enhancing the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which slows down the activity of nerve cells and produces a calming effect.

In other words, Benzos “calm you down” by slowing down brain functions.

What are Benzos used for?

Benzodiazepines are typically prescribed for short-term treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures

Benzos can also be used for:

  • Preoperative sedation
  • Alcohol withdrawal

Benzodiazepines Come With Different Names

Some examples of commonly used benzos include:

  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)

Dangers of Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines can be habit-forming and can lead to dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms if used long-term or at high doses.

They also have potential for abuse and can cause side effects such as:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Memory problems

Are Benzodiazepines Addictive?

Yes. Benzos affect the brain’s reward system by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

When benzodiazepines are taken, they produce a calming and relaxing effect, which can be reinforcing for some people.

Over time, the brain may adapt to their presence and require increasingly higher doses to achieve the same effect, leading to physical dependence.

Are Benzodiazepines used as adulterants?

Yes, Benzos have been known to be used as adulterants or “cuts” in other substances, particularly in illicit drugs such as:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine


To enhance the sedative or euphoric effects of the drug, or to mitigate the negative effects of withdrawal.

Is it dangerous to have Benzos laced in your substance?


The use of benzodiazepines in this manner is highly dangerous and can increase the risk of overdose, as combining different drugs can have unpredictable and potentially deadly effects.

In addition, the presence of benzodiazepines in a drug may also increase the risk of addiction and dependence.

Benzodiazepines and the Controlled Drugs and Substance act exemption in BC, Canada

The exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act allows for personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs from January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026, as part of a harm reduction strategy to address the ongoing drug crisis in Canada.

HOWEVER, this exemption doesn’t include Benzos. A drug that is frequently found in other substances. This means that police can still arrest people who may not know that their supply has been mixed.

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Mescaline – A Drug Used for Over 5,000 Years

Where does Mescaline come from?

Mescaline is a powerful psychedelic hallucinogen that has been used by people for hundreds of years, primarily in religious rituals or ceremonies. It is found in the small, spineless cactus Peyote (Lophophora williamsi), the San Pedro cactus, Peruvian torch cactus, and other mescaline-containing cacti, as well as certain members of the Fabaceae (bean family).

Mescaline can also be produced synthetically.

Desired Effects of Mescaline

Mescaline’s effect is similar to those of LSD or psilocybin (magic mushrooms), producing intense visual hallucinations.

  • Euphoria
  • Empathy
  • Insight
  • Brightened colors
  • Closed or open eye visuals
  • Enhanced tactile sensation
  • Mental and physical stimulation
  • Decreased appetite
  • Changes in perception
  • Ego softening

Undesired Effects of Mescaline

  • Decreased appetite
  • Pupil dilation
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating and chills
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Intense nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rise in body temperature that causes heavy perspiration, headaches, muscle weakness, and impaired motor coordination

While these drugs can be dangerous and should be used with caution, they can also lead to powerful and meaningful experiences.

How is Mescaline consumed?

The crown of the cactus above ground consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried. These buttons can be:

  • Chewed
  • Soaked in water to produce an intoxicating tea
  • Consumed raw or dried
  • Ground into powder for oral capsules
  • Smoked with marijuana and tobacco

San Pedro

The pre-Columbian cultures of Cupisnique (1500 BC), Chavin (1000 BC), Moche (100-750 AD) and Lambayeque (750-1350 AD) all used San Pedro for magical-religious purposes.

This sacred cactus, which contains mescaline, is still used today by master shamans to perform healing rites. During the ritual, known as ‘levantar’ (raise) or ‘mesa’, the shaman sniffs tobacco with alcohol, ingests San Pedro, identifies the diseases, cleanses away evil and helps the patient to ‘florecer’ (flourish).


Peyote has been an integral part of many Indigenous American cultures. For centuries, it has been consumed as part of spiritual rituals and ceremonies.

It wasn’t until 1918 that the Native American Church was officially established in Oklahoma, recognizing the use of Peyote as a sacrament within a Christian religion. This was a major milestone in the history of Peyote and Indigenous American culture, and it is a testament to the perseverance of these communities in preserving their spiritual practices.

Testing for the Presence of Mescaline

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Combining Cocaine with other Drugs – Interactions

The risks and effects of mixing Cocaine with other drugs varies. We’ve divided the risk factors into what we believe are three appropriate categories: “dangerous”, “unsafe”, and “caution”.


  • αMT
  • Opioids: Stimulants (like cocaine) increase respiration rate allowing a higher dose of opiates. If the stimulant wears off first then the opiate may overcome the patient and cause respiratory arrest.
  • Tramadol: Tramadol and stimulants both increase the risk of seizures.
  • MAOIs: This combination is poorly explored.


  • Alcohol: Drinking while on stimulants (like cocaine) is risky because the sedative effects of the alcohol are reduced, and these are what the body uses to gauge drunkenness. This typically leads to excessive drinking with greatly reduced inhibitions, high risk of liver damage and increased dehydration. Stimulants allow you to drink past a point where you might normally pass out, increasing the risk. If you do decide combine, set an intake limit of how much you will drink each hour. Remember! You will feel the alcohol less. Cocaine is potentiated somewhat by alcohol because of the formation of cocaethylene.
  • Dox: The combined stimulating effects of the two can lead to an uncomfortable body-load, while the focusing effects of cocaine can easily lead to thought loops. Coming down from cocaine while the DOx is still active can be quite anxiogenic.
  • NBOMes and 2C-T-x: Cocaine and NBOMes/2C-T-x, both provide considerable stimulation. When combined they can result in severe vasoconstriction, tachycardia, hypertension, and in extreme cases heart failure.
  • PCP: This combination can easily lead to hypermanic states.
  • 5-MeO-xxT: The anxiogenic and focusing effects of stimulants increase the chance of unpleasant thought loops. The combination is generally unnecessary because of the stimulating effects of psychedelics.
  • DXM: Both substances raise heart rate, in extreme cases, panic attacks caused by these drugs have led to more serious heart issues.


  • Mushrooms, LSD, DMT, 2C-x and Mescaline: The focus and anxiety caused by stimulants is magnified by psychedelics and results in an increased risk of thought loops.
  • Cannabis: Stimulants increase anxiety levels and the risk of thought loops which can lead to negative experiences.
  • Ketamine: No unexpected interactions, though likely to increase blood pressure but not an issue with sensible doses. Moving around on high doses of this combination may be ill advised due to risk of physical injury.
  • Amphetamines: This combination of stimulants will increase strain on the heart. It is not generally worth it as cocaine has a mild blocking effect on dopamine releasers like amphetamine.
  • MDMA: Cocaine blocks some of the desirable effects of MDMA while increasing the risk of heart attack.
  • Caffeine: Both stimulants, risk of tachycardia, hypertension, and in extreme cases heart failure.
  • GHB/GBL: Stimulants (like cocaine) increase respiration rate allowing a higher dose of sedatives. If the stimulant wears off first then the opiate may overcome the patient and cause respiratory arrest. Likewise GHB/GBL can wear off and leave a dangerous concentration of cocaine behind.
  • MXE: Stimulants (like cocaine) taken with MXE can lead to hypermanic states much more easily, especially if sleep deprived.
  • Dealers don’t always sell what they say they’re selling. The chances of a dangerous side effects or overdose/overamping is increased when substances are misrepresented.

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Booty Bumping, Boofing, Plugging

What is booty bumping, boofing, or plugging?

Instead of eating, snorting, or injecting a substance, the person uses the rectum (anus) as the route of administration.

This route of administration has been stigmatized as only used by queer or homosexual people, but it’s not true. People of all sexual orientations use this method of administration.

Boofing is typically done with cocaine, heroine and meth.

What are the benefits of booty bumping?

The rectum contains many blood vessels, allowing a fast and efficient drug absorption into the bloodstream. It’s usually described as stronger than smoking, but weaker than injecting.

For someone who usually snorts or injects a drug, switching routes of administration can be a harm prevention technique.

The body needs to heal after frequent use of drugs, specially if they are taken through the nose, veins, muscle and rectum.

What’s required for booty bumping?

  • Needless/oral syringe (1ml)
  • Clean mixing cup + sterile stirrer (something to mix your drugs)
  • Sterile water / bottled water
  • Preferred lubricant, best if it’s water-based
  • Vitamin E capsules

Booty Bumping Tips:

  • Poop beforehand, as a clean slate is essential.
  • Remember it’s best to start with small doses because, using this method can be more intense.
  • Properly mix their substances prior to use, with a coffee filter to remove matter that doesn’t dissolve.
  • Use lube up to 1cm from the rectum and not going further than that when inserting
  • Leave the syringe inserted for a few minutes after emptying contents, to help avoid a leak.
  • Insert a capsule of vitamin E, which can help healing any micro-tears.

Onset and duration:

Boofing cocaine leads to a quick onset, between 1-2 minutes. The duration can last for several hours and it’s effect is more intense than when snorted.

Boofing methamphetamine can have an onset of 3-5 minutes. Regardless of method of administration, meth typically can last for hours.

Boofing heroin has a quick onset comparable to injecting.

Most information on boofing comes from anecdotal evidence. More research on boofing is needed.

Risks of booty bumping?

  • With frequent use, booty bumping can cause severe damage to the rectum, rectal tissue and intestines. It can leave a person more susceptible to different infections, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Never share your equipment!
  • Booty bumping cocaine carries more risks of overdosing than snorting cocaine. That’s because for cocaine, boofing has a more intense effect. Someone might not realize that their normal snorted dose will be more potent when taken anally.
  • The body naturally vomits when trying to get rid of a harmful substance. When a drug is taken rectally, your body won’t be able to expulse the substance. This increases the risk of an overdose.

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Alcohol risks: Quitting Cold Turkey?

Alcohol (ethanol), to the surprise of many, is a drug. Alcohol is a legal drug in many countries and one that is widely accepted. To the point that it’s “weird” when someone is not drinking at a party or social event.

But, does the legality of a substance, plus its social acceptance, qualify alcohol as a safe drug for the consumer?

Stats on Alcohol Emergencies, Economical burden and Deaths, by the NIH:

  • 95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes.
  • The rate of all alcohol-related ER visits increased 47% between 2006 and 2014.
  • An estimated 95,000 people (approx. 68,000 men) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion.

In 2011 – 2015, (according to the NIH) leading causes of alcohol-attributable deaths due to chronic conditions in the US were alcohol-associated:

  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Unspecified liver cirrhosis
  • Upper aerodigestive tract cancers
  • Liver cancer
  • Supraventricular cardiac dysrhythmia
  • Alcohol use disorder (AUD)
  • Breast cancer
  • Hypertension

How does alcohol affect our brain and why it’s so hard and dangerous for people who drink a lot to stop drinking suddenly?

Alcohol is categorized as a depressant of the nervous system. Alcohol induces sedation and decreases cognitive and motor functions.

You may feel up and excited when you start drinking, but it doesn’t change the fact that alcohol works by enhancing the major inhibitor neurotransmitter, GABA, and by decreasing the activity of a few excitatory neurotransmitters, primarily glutamate.

Chronic use of alcohol has the potential to change levels of mRNA for specific subunits, which suggests that chronic alcohol ingestion can affect gene expression.

Why is abruptly stopping alcohol intake dangerous?

Alcohol inhibits our main glutamate “excitatory” receptor (NMDA neuroreceptors).

Prolonged inhibition of these receptors leads to an increased sensitivity of excitatory receptors, as the brain tries to compensate.

Abrupt cessation of alcohol exposure results in brain hyperexcitability, because receptors previously inhibited by alcohol are no longer inhibited. Brain hyperexcitability manifests clinically as anxiety, irritability, agitation, and tremors. Severe manifestations include alcohol withdrawal seizures and delirium tremens.

Withdrawal seizures:

More common in patients who have a history of multiple episodes of detoxification.

Alcohol withdrawal delirium, or delirium tremens (DTs):

Characterized by clouding of consciousness and delirium. Episodes of DTs have a mortality rate of 1 – 5%. Risk factors:

  • Concurrent acute medical illness
  • Daily heavy alcohol use
  • History of DTs or withdrawal seizures
  • Older age
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms on presentation

Summary: Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Withdrawal:

I. Cessation of (or reduction in) alcohol use that has been heavy and prolonged.
II. Two (or more) of the following, developing within several hours to a few days after criterion I: (symptoms significantly impair important areas of functioning)

  • Autonomic hyperactivity
  • Increased hand tremor
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucination s or illusions
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Grand mal seizures

III. The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

Alcohol Regulation

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Cocaine Cut: Ephedrine

Ephedrine-Induced PRIAPISM: (Prolonged erected penis)

What is Ephedrine?

Ephedrine comes from the plant Ephedra sinica, which can be found in Asia. For centuries this herb has been used in China for its medical properties. Famously helpful to break a fever and induce sweating.

Ephedrine is categorized as a stimulant it is similar structurally to amphetamines. However, the effects of ephedrine are much weaker than amphetamines.

Short History:

Products that contain the herb ephedra have been promoted and used in the United States since the 1980s.

This herb has been advertised as a weight loss aid and enhancer of athletic performance.

However, there is no or very little research backing up these claims. An overwhelming amount of complaints in the 1990s lead to its prohibition.


Ephedrine is currently banned by:

  1. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  3. International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  4. National Football League (NFL).

Reports of adverse effects included serious side effects and, in some cases, death. Many of those reports were coming from healthy young customers and professional athletes.

Ephedrine as a stimulant:

The ephedrine alkaloids are stimulants, and so ephedrine can:

  • Increase heart rate
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Relax bronchial tissue
  • Ease shortness of breath
  • Decrease appetite
  • Increase alertness
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve mood
  • Decrease fatigue

At higher doses, it can promote anxiety, restlessness and insomnia.

Ephedrine and Cocaine:

Ephedrine has been commonly used as a cut for cocaine. Is not only cheaper than cocaine, but it also provides a kick of its own. Ephedrine is a stimulant, so, it has the ability to speed up the nervous system. This can lead to serious side effects:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Death

Cocaine and Ephedrine-Induced PRIAPISM: (Prolonged erected penis)

Drugs that facilitate, potentiate, or mimic the action of sympathetic nerves have been associated with priapism.

Cocaine inhibits norepinephrine (NE) reuptake, in other words, cocaine increases the amount of NE. Ephedrine has a more varied method of action, but it mostly works by increasing the amount of adrenaline and/or norepinephrine (NE).

In theory, ephedrine should not induce priapism. However, in animal and case studies, the combination of ephedrine and cocaine was shown to induce priapism.

More research is needed to reach a concrete answer. However, chronic use of cocaine and ephedrine increases the risk of developing priapism.

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Effects of Mixing Ketamine and Alcohol

The consumption of ketamine and alcohol mixtures (whether deliberately or inadvertently), is relatively common. This combination should genearlly be avoided.

Effects of alcohol on it’s own

In lower doses, alcohol produces effects of relaxedness, a sense of euphoria or giddiness, and it can lower your inhibitions.

In higher doses, alcohol can change your mood, make you more impulsive, slow or slur speech, cause loss of coordination, vomiting and loss of consciousness or gaps in memory, and even kill you.

How ketamine and alcohol interact with the brain?

Ketamine is catalogued as a dissociative analgesic, and alcohol is a depressant. They have the ability to interact with glutamate (the main excitatory neurotransmitter) and GABA (the main inhibitory neurotransmitter).

Alcohol also has the ability to enhance GABA’s receptors activity.

Ketamine and alcohol’s combined effect

Alcohol and ketamine’s combined interaction is complicated. Simply put, when combined, they have an even greater anesthetic effect.

It can become hard to move and talk, and cognitively is hard to process information or be aware of your surroundings.

Their combination is specially dangerous as they can slow down breathing. In high doses it can completely stop breathing.

Ketamine and alcohol have the ability to reduce glutamate activity.

Ketamine and alcohol in the US:

Ketamine was involved in 0.12% of the United States Emergency Department visits involving illicit drugs in 2011.

However, ketamine-related emergency department visits often involved other drugs, with 71.5% of ketamine-related visits in the United States in 2011 involving alcohol.

Studies with volunteers recruited at party scenes found that at least 65% of ketamine users also consume alcohol.

Ketamine and alcohol internationally:

Pavarin R.M. et al. (2019) found that alcohol was present in 25% of ketamine recreational misusers admitted to emergency care in Italy.

Darke et al. (2000-2019), found that ethanol (drinking alcohol) was present in over 27.3% of ketamine-related deaths in Australia.

Schifano F (1993-2006), found that alcohol was present in almost 50% of postmortem analyses of ketamine-related deaths in the UK.

Know the signs of trouble:

Keep an eye out for these symptoms, if someone is experiencing them call 911*:

  • Drowsiness
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Trouble breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Pale, clammy skin

*Canada and the US have adopted The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. Which protects you from being charged or convicted for drug possession if you call 911 to report an overdose.

Extra precautions:

  • Test your drugs!
  • Choose a safe setting
  • Don’t use alone
  • Know the risks

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MDMA cut: Synthetic Cathinones “Bath salts”

Where do synthetic cathinones comes from?

Cathinone is a psychoactive compound that comes from the Khat Plant, native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Synthetic cathinones are much stronger and dangerous than the natural compound found in the leaves of Khat.

They are ofter referred as “bath salts”, due to being originally marketed as such to avoid regulatory controls.

Synthetic cathinones and MDMA

Synthetic cathinones have been called the “natural amphetamine”, due to sharing similar chemical structures and behavioral effects. Because of this, synthetic cathinones have been claimed to be a safer option to other popular stimulants, like MDMA and cocaine, but this is false.

What have I been taking all this time?

Kalasinsky et al analyzed hair samples of self-reported MDMA takers, to verify if what they’ve been taking is actually MDMA.

Their results showed the presence of various synthetic cathinones in almost 30% of hair samples from club/festival goers who thought they had taken MDMA only. In some hair samples, there was no MDMA at all.

Bath salts make an “excellent” cut for MDMA, they are cheaper to manufacture and they provide similar cognitive and behavioral effects.

Most common synthetic cathinones found in MDMA / sold as MDMA*:

  1. Ethylone
  2.  MDPV (monkey dust)
  3. Mephedrone (4-MMC)
  4. Methylone (bk-MDMA)
  5. Butylone

Why are synthetic cathinones dangerous?

The risks associated with synthetic cathonines are similar to those associated to amphetamines and cocaine. However, as with other substances, what enhances their risks is taking it unknowingly.

Research has suggested that synthetic cathinones have a reduced potential for neurotoxicity (compared to MDMA or Meth), however, they may present a greater threat of overdose.

Why could synthetic cathinones have a greater risk of overdose?

There are many synthetic cathinones available, and new versions are being found in different substances. This leads to a lack of research and misinformation.

Here is one example: MDPV

MDPV, a common synthetic cathinones, interacts with the brain in a similar to cocaine. However, MDPV is 10 times stronger. MDPV is the most common synthetic cathinone found in the blood and urine of patients admitted to emergency departments after taking bath salts.

Main risks of synthetic cathinones

In short, their main risks are based on the fact that most people don’t take bath salts deliberately. Increasing the risk of:

  1. Unexpected stronger doses
  2. Unexpected effects due to the combination of different substances

In extremely rare cases, bath salts can lead to a condition called excited delirium: A state of extreme agitation, aggression, acute distress and sudden death. It usually involves: taking combination of drugs, driving under the influence and pre-existing mental health conditions.

Tips to help stay safe

  1. Don’t take any substance unintentionally.
  2. Know your dosage.
  3. Know the risk.
  4. Test your drugs. The Marquis test is good for differentiating cathinones from MDMA.

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*Most commonly, but not exclusively an MDMA cut. Cathinones can also be found in cocaine and meth.

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Smoking Too Much Weed? Here’s Some Info & Tips

Cannabis can be physically and psychologically addictive. If don’t like how much you’re smoking, or resent the feeling of “needing” to smoke, there are some steps you can take.

Seeking Treatment for Cannabis Addiction

Adults are less likely to seek treatment for cannabis abuse when compared to other drugs. Possibly because cannabis users believe their products are less dangerous, and/or less habit forming than “harder” drugs. According to recent studies, an adult seeking treatment is usually someone who on average, has used cannabis on a regular basis for more than 10 years, and has seriously attempted to quit more than 6 times.

Each year in the U.S., over 300,000 people enter treatment for cannabis use disorders.

The type of treatment may depend on whether or not the person has any comorbidities, such as psychiatric problems or addiction to other substances.

Treatments for Cannabis Addiction

1. Rehabilitation or detoxification centers: Not very common, but they can be helpful for people who have poor social functioning or comorbid psychiatric disorders, such as other addiction(s).

2. Outpatient therapy: These programs involve working with a psychotherapist or other mental health provider and attending sessions consistently.

3. Support groups: In-person or online support groups can help individuals connect with others going through the same and, thus, help each other.

Tips For Quitting

Withdrawal symptoms will differ depending on usage. Meaning for how long has the person used and how frequent. For someone who uses daily, slowly reducing might be easier than abruptly stopping. However, for someone who uses occasionally, completely stoping might not be so difficult.


  • Try eating healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. Sugar and junk food can make you feel worse.
  • Don’t forget to drink water and try avoiding caffeinated beverages.
  • Sleep and rest are very important. If sleeping well has become difficult, exercising daily will definitely help.
  • Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, you don’t have to go through this alone. Supportive groups are also an option, don’t isolate yourself.