Wednesday September 17th 2014

Smoking Xanax

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
  • seizures

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

Still have questions about smoking Xanax? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply ASAP.

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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10 Responses to “Smoking Xanax
Bill
3:26 am October 15th, 2012

Thanks, you helped me out a lot. My son has been smoking Xanax on tin foil, I wanted to make sure there would be no SERIOUS problems with it. Thanks!

9:55 am October 15th, 2012

Hi Bill. Keep in mind, too, that smoking Xanax is a SERIOUS sign of drug problems, Xanax abuse and possible Xanax addiction. Xanax is meant to be taken orally. So, this mode of administration is way beyond normal and is a signal that your son may need drug addiction treatment.

lolo
10:17 am February 9th, 2014

R u sure ur sin is smoking xanax n not roxys or oxycontin??!!!!

Robert
2:52 am March 23rd, 2014

I have heard if a few people trying to smoke all types of pills after the roxy rage. Even aderall and things like that. I just say people are going to do what they are going to do. Just try to look classy doing it. And tin foil is not the way.

dobie
5:56 pm June 3rd, 2014

I think my daughter is smoking 1 mg alprazolam. I have found the tin foil and straw or ball point pen straw like the substance on the foil was blue and I did find some she had hidden. Why snake it that way. She was using the tin foil and a lighter. Any help would be great.

12:40 pm June 4th, 2014

Hello Dobie. You’ll need to ask her directly. Consult with a family counselor or your family doctor about addiction referral in advance…because smoking Rx drugs is usually for the purpose of euphoric effect. This = drug abuse and is a sign of addiction.

Angela
6:03 pm July 21st, 2014

Hi, my name is Angela, I just figured out that my boyfriend has a problem with xanax and is now smoking them! He said he has a bad problem with this and wants help! How can I help him?
Thanks

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:08 am July 29th, 2014

Hi Angela. Your boyfriend is lucky to have you! I’d suggest that he stops smoking Xanax, it’s not good for his health. Now, if he’s been taking the pills orally prior to smoking them, which doesn’t make sence, since smoked Xanax has weaker effects, he can switch again to oral use and start tapering slowly. See if you can get him a doctors appointment to discuss the details and find the safest and most efficient solution to his problem.

elisa
1:29 am August 24th, 2014

Is there a way to unhook from smoking xanax.! Is there a dangerous risk to stop this like kool turkey.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
10:00 am September 1st, 2014

Hi Elisa. If you’ve been hooked on smoking Xanax you’re probably facing a great risk of lung damage. Before doing anything else I’d suggest you get checked by a doctor.

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