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The Dangers of Mixing Vicodin and Weed

Bottle cap of prescription pills next to a bottle cap of marijuana bud  

Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Mixing hydrocodone and weed (marijuana) has become popular among teenagers for achieving a high. In one study, teenagers with previous marijuana use were 2.5 times more likely than teenagers with no previous marijuana use to be associated with subsequent abuse of prescription opioids, such as Vicodin. However, Vicodin and marijuana can be a risky combination, particularly among teenagers.

Why Are Teens Mixing Vicodin with Weed?

So why are teens mixing Vicodin with weed? Teens smoking weed may want to experiment with other drugs such as prescription opiates. The Vicodin high, when combined with that of marijuana, can be enticing to teenagers, but this combination also has the potential to be dangerous.

What Happens When You Mix Vicodin with Weed?

Vicodin and weed effects can be dangerous. This is because they both have the ability to act as central nervous system depressant drugs. This means that they can lower heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Accidental drug overdose on Vicodin is also possible if an individual is impaired from marijuana use.

Side Effects of Combining Hydrocodone with Weed

Weed and hydrocodone side effects typically include extreme relaxation and depression of the central nervous system. However, the effects of weed on teens can be unpredictable at times, as these effects can range from hunger to psychosis. Therefore, it is even riskier for teens to try combining prescription opiates with marijuana. Teen drug overdose on Vicodin is also more likely when an individual is impaired by other drugs, such as weed.

Signs of Vicodin and Weed Use

In 2018, overall, teenage opioid use was actually down from previous years, and survey data suggests that marijuana use by teens is about the same as it has been. However, this same survey indicates that vaping marijuana is on the rise. This is important because vaped weed has the potential to be incredibly potent. Vaping weed in combination with Vicodin abuse has the potential to be even more deadly.

So how can someone recognize the signs and symptoms of drug use in teens?

Vicodin use in teenagers is characterized by:

  • Empty Vicodin bottles under their bed, in the trash or their car
  • Behavioral/mood changes
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination

Marijuana use might be recognized in teens by the following:

  • Red eyes
  • Bongs, pipes or other smoking products lying in their room or vehicle
  • Possession of eye drops
  • Increased use of perfume or cologne
  • Memory problems

Other problems are characteristic of both opioids and marijuana, such as struggling in school or changing one’s social group.

Find Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

Teen prescription drug abuse remains a problem in the United States. However, substance abuse treatment for teens is just as important, if not more important, than it is for adults. Interestingly, research suggests that prescription opioid users often don’t rate the prescription opioid as their first drug of choice. Often times it is marijuana. This suggests that teens who report marijuana as their first drug of choice may benefit from closer screening for abuse/dependence on other substances.

Vicodin and marijuana have the potential to be deadly, therefore if you have a teen that is struggling with these co-occurring substance abuse problems you may want to look into what treatment options will fit your teen’s needs.

Teen drug rehab facilities are available to those who need them. Contact us at Next Generation Village to learn more about our personalized and confidential services geared toward teenagers, Vicodin, marijuana, and more. Help is here; call today.

Medical Disclaimer: Next Generation Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.


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