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In my years as a pothead (and casual drug user), there have been only a handful of moments where I have smoked laced weed without knowing it was laced. The majority of drug dealers won't add anything to cannabis, simply because it tends to cost more to do so—and because it's very bad business to sell laced cannabis to people who want the pure stuff.
Lacing marijuana is something that most dealers do at the smoker's request. However, once in awhile, a shady dealer will tamper with goods in hopes of getting you hooked. If you start smelling some strange smoke, or if you're noticing that the weed is making you feel strange, you may be smoking laced weed.
Laced marijuana can be very, very dangerous. Here's what to do if you smoked laced weed, or if you think you may have smoked something bad.
First off, don't panic.
I know, I know, easier said than done. But you need to try to maintain a level head while dealing with the high. If you have to, start repeating a "calm mantra."
Say that you're alright, and that everything is going to be fine. Keep repeating it and try to clear your thoughts. Getting into a panic will cloud your judgement way worse than it already is.
Have people nearby if you can.
If you have a friend who knows what to do if you smoked laced weed, call them up and ask them to babysit you. Having a little company can really make a huge difference in how good you feel.
A friend, even one who hasn't really dabbled in pot smoking or drug use, can save your life. If you black out, have a seizure, or start going unresponsive, they can help make sure that you come out of your smoking experience alive.
The key thing here is to find someone you trust who happens to have a level head in bad situations. Ideally, they would know what to do if you smoked laced weed. Even if they are just someone with common sense and a good sense of how to act around people who are high, that's good enough. Experience smoking laced marijuana is absolutely not necessary to be a good babysitter.
Try to make yourself comfortable.
You would be surprised at how much of an impact your environment can make when you're smoking laced weed. If you're in a loud, clamorous environment, you will likely feel way worse.
However, if you build a safe space for yourself, you will be in a way better position to cope with laced weed without having to call a cab to the hospital.
Here are some good things to try when you're reeling from a bad buzz from laced weed:
- Get into bed and watch Netflix. Get your mind off of the laced weed in your system. Snuggle up in bed. Make yourself comfortable.
- If you feel queasy, drink ginger ale or have hot tea. Using classic nausea reducing techniques can make a bad bud experience a lot easier. However, if you feel really sick to your stomach, it may be best to just puke it out.
- Take a warm shower. Assuming that you are still mobile and capable of staying awake, a warm shower can actually help you calm down and ride things out.
- Play relaxing music. More often than not, a little bit of mellow music can make a huge difference in how relaxed you feel.
What we're saying is that having comforting things around you will help you figure out what to do if you smoked laced weed. After all, a relaxed mind is a more rational mind.
Note any dangerous symptoms you may be feeling, and make your decision to act accordingly.
In order to figure out if you smoked laced weed, you need to know the symptoms that laced weed has. Generally speaking, people know when they've smoked suspect bud.
If you're just feeling anxious and hearing "noise," there's no saying that what you experienced wasn't just some bad paranoia. Many pot smokers do occasionally hear things—and paranoia can be way worse than you'd imagine if you smoke the wrong strain.
If you just feel crappy or otherwise loopy, you might not have to go to the doctor. It's very possible that you might be able to ride out the high without medical attention.
However, if you're noticing that you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need to go to the emergency room:
- Thoughts that are way off-kilter for you. Are you getting violent, nasty thoughts that really aren't like the typical things you think? This may be a sign that you're about to have a serious bout of drug psychosis—and yes, that might warrant a trip to the ER if you don't believe you can control yourself.
- Full visual and auditory hallucinations. This could mean that you smoked PCP, or weed that was laced with DMT. If you do not have someone to babysit you, you may want to go to a doctor. (Actually, it'd probably be best to hit urgent care if this happens.)
- Vomiting uncontrollably. Regular cannabis reduces nausea most of the time. If you're feeling queasy, it could just be that the weed disagreed with you. Even so, you might want to just let the puking happen. If you're vomiting uncontrollably, let yourself puke, but get someone to drive you to the ER. They will know know what to do if you smoked laced weed of all sorts.
- A sudden, wild burst of energy. This often happens when you smoke meth, cocaine, or PCP-laced weed. If you find yourself unable to sit down, talking nonsense, or getting jittery to the point of debilitation, you may want to consider going to a doctor.
- Feeling drunk without having had any alcohol. This is a sign that you may have smoked GHB-laced marijuana. GHB, when inhaled, can cause you to slip into a coma and die. You need to get to an ER or to urgent care if you get this symptom.
- Difficulty staying conscious or memory blackouts. This is a more serious sign that you're smoking laced weed. Normal marijuana will not make you blackout. If you notice this symptom, get to an emergency room. It could be GHB or PCP.
- Seizures. Emergency room, now.
Much of knowing what to do if you smoked laced weed deals with knowing yourself and your body. If you don't feel like you will be able to withstand the laced weed, get to a doctor. The more worrying the symptoms, the more likely it is that you will need to see a doctor.
A Word of Advice...
Generally speaking, you'll most likely have a gut feeling on what to do if you smoked laced weed.
If you do decide to go to a doctor or to the emergency room, don't call the police. Depending on where you live, doing so could end up getting you arrested—and that, in turn, will cause a lot more problems than just a bad trip.
Rather than call 911, grab an Uber or have a friend drive you to the hospital. Doctors cannot call the police to arrest you, as it violates HIPAA procedures. Obviously, you should not bring drugs with you if you're heading to the hospital as that will get you cuffed.