Smoking Xanax

Smoking Xanax can cause involuntary movements, twitching, or seizures. Here, we explore the relative inefficiency of smoking Xanax and how it affects your body. Just how safe is smoking Xanax? Read on for more.

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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.

Q: Can you overdose on Xanax

A: Yes and no.

Xanax overdose is unlikely. But, numerous negative side effects are likely to occur 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. So, if you’ve been abusing Xanax by smoking it or using it in any other way other than as prescribed…you face an increased risk of developing addiction. You can get answers to all your questions and learn information about the rehab process in our GUIDE on Tranquilizer Addiction Treatment Programs and Help.

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Yes I was at a party and pure pressure hit from lots of my friends especially one of my guy friends from what it look like it was weed but after 15 min of smoking it I got super drowsy and my body was heavy and I just wanted to sleep really bad like nothing can keep me awake I’ve smoked weed before but at that party I wasn’t supposed to get messed up because I was watching out for my bestfriend but after I smoked I felt like there was something more inside then just the cannon is I felt like I was roofied

  2. I think my partner is snorting Xanax and mixing it with weed and smoking it a ton. A month ago caught him with Meth now seems he has resorted to this. Dangers and side effects is what I’m looking for more answers on I’m afraid he will OD

  3. coated a marijuana joint in approx. 1/2 pill of Xanax (powder). the effect was very noticeable and almost immediate. this was an experiment and i DO NOT suggest it. gave me a headache, but that isn’t uncommon from my experience with marijuana alone. motor skills noticeably hindered, decision making unaffected, but slowed reaction time and upset stomach. by the way, (not a professional) smoking things out of tin foil has less to do with what you are smoking and adverse effects (I believe) are more due the fact that burnt tin is entering your lungs and blood stream. many brands of tin foil have a type of non stick coating, and I know nothing about the effects of ingesting of that. if youre going to smoke, spend the $20 on a glass pipe. (not wooden, acrylic, or any metal)

  4. My son was admitted to the ICU last night from smoking and snorting Xanax. His lungs are bleeding really bad and he put enormous strain on his heart. He will pull through but he is experiencing extreme pain in his lungs and has to be on high amount of oxygen. Please dont try this. Please. Its not worth it.

  5. Thank you so much for the INFORMATION only …
    I feel very bad for people who are addicted to things like that..
    I’ll always have a special prayer for all of you..✝️

  6. I have a friend who both snorts and smokes xanax. I’m too big of a scardy cat to go about it that way, but I concerns me because I wonder if he od’d I wouldn’t know if he was just passed out cuz that’s what it makes him do or if it is an actually od. I wanna scrape him strait, but at this point I don’t think he will listen to me! What do I do?

  7. If I smoked xanax laced weed would it burn my throat badly almost like a chemical burn feeling? Because I have suspicion that the flowers my friend bought were laced with xanax and I just want some info of side effects that would be noticeable right after smoking I just have to find this out

  8. Will crushing Xanax xr get me high and, out of withdrawal from hydros because somehow, SOME THUG has stolen my medicine! I have been through mild withdrawal before (a day or two) but nothing like this! I’m in a literal hell and I’m looking for ANY help, FROM ANYBODY! I don’t do drugs(except weed every so often) but, for the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I’m actually thinking about trying to find some heroin to get me out of my hell! I know nothing about heroin but, I’ve seen on here that it would help withdrawal.

  9. My sister has found burn marks in your bathroom sinks that are made of fiberglass along with rectangle pills with the print S 90 3 that was very hard to read and looked like playing street drugs. There has been a parade of street people brought into her home by her daughter that has been acting very erratic and possibly bipolar. I help to flush most of them out last week after taking your pictures since there has been a rash of break-ins and then the owners of the trailers warned not to report thefts or they would face their trailer being burned. I know people who take Xanax but never viewed it in this form and the evidence shows that their smoking something in either dropping the matches or the substance is spilling over in burning the sink, needless to say my sister is terrified. Any advice would be helpful.

  10. I am prescribed Xanax 2 mg yellow bars, if I want faster anti-anxiety results would crushing and snorting be more effective or smoking it. I read that smoking it will cut down on the effectiveness of the prescribed amount so snorting it would give me faster anxiety results thank you. So my question is to get faster results would smoking it be better or snorting it be better? I don’t want to increase my pill intake so should I just stick with take it orally last question I swear.

    1. Hi Ashlee. Please only take your medication as prescribed. Changing your dosage or changing the route of administration is considered abuse and is illegal.

  11. Does vaporizing Xanax In a vaporizer, vaporize the “fillers and binders” allowing only the medication of Xanax to be Inhaled into a vaporized-medication-euphoria?

  12. Can xanax affect your eye vision as in getting a blur to your eye seeing double n stumble as if your drunk can some one please respond to me i need to know

    1. Hello Jessica. Yes, eyesight disturbances and blurred vision can be experience as a result of taking Xanax. You should consult a healthcare professional for medical advice and seek medical help.

  13. Hi Chris. As explained in the text above, lacing weed with Xanax cam cause drowsiness and loss of coordination, and since they’re both CNS (central nervous system) depressants, the effects of the Xanax can be accentuated and cause many other risks.


  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

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