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Apr 4, 2017 12:05 PM

Laced Weed: Why Is It So Dangerous?

Experienced weed users know for sure that laced marijuana is something you should stay away from. But what is so dangerous about cannabis laced with other substances and what effects it may have on your body and your health? Weedy will tell you what types of laced weed are the most popular and how to detect each of them.

What is laced weed?

When marijuana is combined with other drugs or narcotic substances, you call it laced. It is nearly impossible to find this kind of weed in a licensed cannabis dispensary because they usually offer pure, lab-tested marijuana. But on the streets, selling laced cannabis is a common thing.

Street dealers combine their weed with other substances for various reasons. Some dealers create unique mixes that offer certain effects. Usually, it is marijuana laced with drugs like cocaine or heroin. The others, however, are simply trying to make more money selling a low-quality product.

The major problem is that many dealers are dishonest with their customers, especially when it comes to marijuana laced with harmful additives and toxic chemicals. So whenever you purchase a joint at the street, you risk buying low-quality and potentially harmful product.

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What can weed be laced with?

Usually, marijuana is laced with some psychoactive substances that have strong side-effects, like cocaine, ecstasy, or LSD. When mixed with drugs, marijuana has more powerful effects and usually gives a stronger, longer-lasting high.

Sometimes, however, cannabis may be combined with certain additives that do not cause any additional effects or make the high last longer. The only thing they are meant to do is to hide the low quality of the grass. Usually, it is substances like glass, fuel, or laundry detergent. People add these substances to marijuana in order to improve the way it looks and/or smells.

For instance, one of the most dangerous types of laced weed is marijuana combined with crushed glass. Tiny shards of crushed glass look just like crystal white trichomes, so sneaky dealers lace weed with it to make it look like their stuff is more potent.

Plus, the weed is not the only thing that can be laced with other substances. For example, the most dangerous part of the so-called “rainbow joints” is not marijuana itself but the paper it is rolled in, as the paper is laced with LSD.

How to tell if weed is laced?

You need to pay special attention to marijuana's taste, smell, and texture. Experiencing effects that are too strong or unusual should also concern you. Depending on the substance it was mixed with, laced marijuana may cause different side-effects.

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For example, the most popular combination is weed laced with cocaine. While it may make you feel euphoric and full of energy, it also has a lot of side-effects, including paranoia, insomnia, and numbness.

If your weed smells like rubber or vinegar and tastes bitter, it may be laced with heroin. The most common effects of smoking heroin laced weed are:

  • nausea;
  • itching;
  • constricted pupils
  • flush skin;
  • slowed breathing.

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Sometimes, trying to hide low quality and potency of marijuana, dealers add formaldehyde or phencyclidine (PCP) to it. Both substances are very toxic and dangerous for your health. Smoking PCP- or formaldehyde-laced marijuana may cause severe paranoia, hallucinations, disorientation, seizures, and in worst cases, even death.

Glass-laced marijuana is one of the most dangerous mixes they sell on the streets. Sometimes, the shattered glass may be mixed with cannabis by accident: if the grow lights shattered or marijuana was not stored properly. But usually, sellers add shattered glass to marijuana in order to increase its weight or make it look like a high-quality strain. One of the easiest ways to tell if your weed is laced with shattered glass is to gently rub a bud on a CD. The weed itself, unless it is too dry, will not scratch the CD surface.

And finally, here are a few simple rules that will help you avoid buying low-quality, laced weed:

  • buy marijuana only from a reputable dealer or, preferably, at a licensed dispensary;
  • avoid purchasing cannabis at an unreasonably low price;
  • never buy powdered marijuana.
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