Are you thinking about smoking Xanax?
Xanax (alprazolam) and other prescription drugs can have very different effects on the body when smoked, rather than being taken orally. And there are risks you need to be aware of before you try smoking Xanax. For one, Xanax dependence time occurs within a couple of weeks of taking Xanax. Here, we explore these risks and the effectiveness of delivery using this method. And we welcome any questions about Xanax or smoking Xanax at the end.
Does smoking Xanax work or get you high?
Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that’s usually prescribed to help with panic attacks and mood disorders. Even when taken as prescribed, Xanax high effects cause a euphoric “high” and feelings of relaxation and well-being, so it’s understandable why someone might be curious about smoking it.
While Xanax is meant to be taken orally, many people will try to speed the drug’s delivery by snorting, smoking, or injecting crushed pills, which isn’t necessarily effective or safe. In fact, snorting Xanax to get high increase your risk of drug addiction. Plus even though smoking Xanax may get you high, the route of administration is highly inefficient as you lose volume of active ingredients in the process. Even if smoking Xanax works it comes with very real risks of overdose, seizures, and other serious adverse effects.
What does smoking Xanax do to you?
While smoking Xanax will result in the drug reaching the brain quickly, you’ll also be breathing in fillers and binders which won’t be absorbed through the nasal membrane.You can become sick or experience irritation when these substances enter the nasal cavity, throat, or lungs. Can you overdose on Xanax? Yes, but while Xanax overdose is unlikely, negative side effects are more likely when you purposely use Xanax to try to get high.
Smoking Xanax side effects
Smoking Xanax can be dangerous for other reasons, as well. Taking any large amount of Xanax in a short period of time has the increased risk of serious side effects. Some of the potential side effects include:
- agitation and mood changes
- fatigue and drowsiness
- involuntary movements/muscle twitching
Smoking Xanax on tin foil
Heating Xanax on foil breaks down the pills and releases the drug in the form of vapor. This allows alprazolam to very quickly enter the bloodstream through the nasal tissues – although Xanax is a very quick-acting medication even when taken orally. However, heating the drug this way won’t allow as much Xanax to enter your system as taking it normally, so it won’t have the same effects unless taken in higher doses. In larger amounts, you’ll be breathing in quite a bit of the burnt binders and fillers, which can be dangerous with long-term exposure.
Smoking Xanax with weed
Taking Xanax with weed can be dangerous. Both Xanax and weed cause drowsiness and loss of coordination, and you might be opening yourself up to potential accidents. Plus, they’re both central nervous system depressants, which will accentuate the effects of the Xanax and possibly make it easier to overdose.
Is smoking Xanax bad for you?
Yes, smoking Xanax is bad for you, if only because of the irritating fillers and binders in the tablets. And taking Xanax in any way other than directed raises the risk of potential adverse effects.Xanax is also a highly addictive drug, which can cause painful withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop using it abruptly.
Can you smoke Xanax?
Yes, you can smoke Xanax – but it’s not an effective or safe way to take the drug, so you probably won’t want to. Xanax should always be taken under a doctor’s direction and only be taken orally – otherwise you risk addiction and potential overdose. The respiratory problems that can be caused by smoking Xanax are unpleasant and may make you sick.
Smoking Xanax questions
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Reference Sources: DailyMed: Xanax Tablet
NCBI: Long term alprazolam use: abuse, dependence, or treatment?
NCBI: Alprazolam absorption kinectics affects abuse liability
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