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How does concerta interact with marijuana?

I have been taking concerta for a long time, i started on ritalin, i have ADHD. i have been considering experimenting with marijuana, but have been told that it can be extremely bad, fatal even.
I now take 54mg of concerta daily.
i want to know more about the results of having both and, if i do decide to try it, how long i would have to refrain from taking my concerta in order to safely do so.

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I consider marijuana a drug just like many countless others and they call it as such. Marijuana is a downer and concerta is an upper when taken by the right person concerta can turn into a downer if you have severe adhd. So the side effects in my opinion can be crucial or not crucial depends on the person and how the two different drugs have an effect on them. For my son the effects from adhd medication(concerta)his medication is a downer it slows down the illness to the point where he is normal and in control of himself if let’s say for instance we added marijuana to that he would be even more chilled out:).

For one thing Marijuana is a natural herb. And if Concerta is a “downer” to him why would he want to take it? And what is this “illness”. maybe he’s just more active then you ! And what is normal?

First of all, comments like “it slows her down to the point where she is normal” are why my mother and I are not close to this day, I really don’t feel like she likes the person that I am when I am not heavily medicated.
Second, marijuana has saved me in terms of taking concerta. When I take concerta on it’s own I am so nauseous all day that I can not eat anything and was losing quite a bit of weight from it.
I began smoking after I feinted walking to my car from the school, not a long walk. The friend I was with had been worried about my eating (or lack there of) and asked if I had tried smoking weed to help with the nausea and lack of appetite I had been experiencing.

That night I tried smoking for the first time. I felt hunger, and I was actually able to fall asleep that night. Since that night I have learned that marijuana actually makes me focus more than concerta ever could. I don’t go to school after smoking or anything, and I don’t get that high. I just come home and smoke a teeny bit and finish all of my homework in one sitting.
Concerta meant well, but on it’s own it destroyed my body and my self esteem.

My daughter struggled through grade school and was in special education classes, because she couldn’t read or follow along in class. She was a well behaved child so no one ever thought of testing her for Attention Deficit Disorder. She was highly distractable and could not pay attention in class. In 8th grade she was at a 3rd grade reading level even though we worked with her all the time. Once she was tested and diagnosed with ADD she started taking Concerta, It changed her life. She tested out of Special Education because she could now pay attention in class. I am an Early Childhood Specialist and was always against medicating children, but I wish we had put her on Concerta years before, it would have helped her keep up in school. She still struggles because she was so far behind. Medicating is not always bad.

I am a 55 year old male I was a hyperactive child and young adult it was not until I was in my 40’s that I was officially diagnosed with ADHD
I was first medicated with Wellbutrin but eventually end up on Concerta
I believe there is a misinformation about canibis is it a downer or a stimulant
I believe from experience that it depends on the strain
While recovering from a near fatal accident and on heavy opioids my sons got me to medically use it to improve my appetite and mood
This is when I discovered that there are so many different strains that work with the Concerta and the ADHD but also help with the pain and I have a appetite
If you do try talk to the tenders at the counter of the dispensary and the will walk you thru the best product for you

I am a 55 year old male I was a hyperactive child and young adult it was not until I was in my 40’s that I was officially diagnosed with ADHD
I was first medicated with Wellbutrin but eventually end up on Concerta
I believe there is a misinformation about canibis is it a downer or a stimulant
I believe from experience that it depends on the strain
While recovering from a near fatal accident and on heavy opioids my sons got me to medically use it to improve my appetite and mood
This is when I discovered that there are so many different strains that work with the Concerta and the ADHD but also help with the pain and I have a appetite
If you do try talk to the tenders at the counter of the dispensary and the will walk you thru the best product for you

Marijuana is an all naturl medication if u realy want to help ur add without life threating effects get off the pills and smoke some sativa. But im sure u guys dont kno wat it is.so ima tell u its the kinda weed that gets u up and ready to focus

I have real bad ADHD my doctor cannot put me on any stimulants
because my heart isn’t healthy enough. So I smoke some train wreck and some girl scout cookies and then get my work done, it’s way healthier than being on stimulants though.

I would first wonder your age and state of residence (regarding legality issues). In addition, are you referring to recreational use or medicinal use? I am a big advocate for legalization, both recreational and medicinal, but it’s very important that you are of age and are properly knowledgeable about the different strains of the herb and how they can be used. I have seen it directly benefit some people, and directly harm others.
As far as it being fatal, I am unaware of any fatalities from the use of marijuana. (I am NOT implying that you should or shouldn’t use/medicate with marijuana, and although I am an advocate I have only done limited research in certain situations and please do not consider this to be medical advice!)

I was on 54mg of concerta amd I took it around 7-8 in the morning and around 5:40 I smoked one whole green bowl I felt really high for about 2-3 minutes so I layed down because I felt sick but then my friends told me I was turning green I looked at the pic they took of me and I was then I start hallucinating my biggest fear is hallucinating worst time ever haven’t smoked since.

If been taking 54 mg concerta since I was like 8 I’m now 18 and if been smoking daily with that any never have problems also not with dabs edibles or any problems at all

Keep in mind I’m not any medical professional and am just speaking From my experience. I’ve only been on Adderall for about a month and Ritalin since the 2nd or 3rd grade. I was diagnosed with ADHD before 3rd grade, but cannot remember what age I was obviously I was young. My dosage went from 5mg up to about 35mg with 10 to 30 minute release time. With the drug came the ability to focus again. However my doctors and parents failed to understand that I was a child and didn’t understand the effects of the drug and what it could do to me if I doubled up, went days without it, or took it without a proper meal or hydration could do to my body. So instead of taking my daily dose in the morning and/or sometimes at school I took it sporadically throughout my middle/high school years. At about 14 I discovered luckily a clean cannabis grower who sold to me.

Once I started to experiment with cannabis and Ritalin I noticed immediately that I was hungry again, water became my best friend, I was able to sleep again and finally not be kept up til 2-4am every night and finally could focus a bit better in school. There were no side effects when I mixed the two but always consult with your doctor before you do anything. They can’t and won’t stop you but more than likely they’ll tell you no. If you still choose to do so they will want to know so they can keep a closer eye on your health. They won’t snitch to the police (however if you’re underage they’re legally obligated to tell your parents because under the law you’re still a minor consuming a controlled substance that’s for 21+ or 18 with recommendation from a doctor). So what you should take from this is. Take your medication correctly as prescribed by your doctor. Tell your doctor everything. Maintain a healthy lifestyle Incase you do choose this path and tell your doctor everything. Everything. They’re being paid to make sure you stay healthy not to get you in trouble.

I’ve been on the same medication +more I’ve been taking 75mg of concerta for years and have also been smoking for a few years now and it has been fine, it may give u a different high then most but it’s nothing bad just don’t abuse it, smoking healthy grown and clean processed marijuana is actually a very successful form of medicating conditions such as adhd (just for legal reasons it’s only allowed certain places n most families have gone about it there own way and had satisfying effects

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Marijuana and Ritalin

I have ADHD and am prescribed 30 mg of Ritalin a day. However I also smoke pot at least once a week. Is it okay to be smoking while on Ritalin?

Kudos for taking the time to research the interactions of your medications! Mixing drugs can lead to unexpected (and sometimes negative) outcomes, so it’s a wise to stay informed. Unfortunately, there’s not a straightforward answer to your question yet. People use both marijuana (also commonly called pot or weed) and Ritalin, or methylphenidate (MPH), for medicinal and recreational purposes, even if those aren’t the intended uses. While a fair amount is known about their separate effects on the body, the research on the combination of MPH and marijuana is sparse.

First, it might be useful to review some basic information about the two substances. MPH is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system and is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For people with ADHD, MPH may help them to focus or decrease restlessness. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main active ingredient in marijuana, and it affects the dopamine centers in the brain to alter a person’s mood and senses. Marijuana may sometimes be used medicinally to treat issues such as nausea or anxiety, just as MPH is sometimes used recreationally as a study drug or at parties (though it’s key to note this isn’t one of its indicated uses). The desired effects of the two drugs are quite different, and they each have their own list of side effects.

Some potential side effects of MPH are:

  • Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Skin rash
  • Numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in the hands or feet
  • Insomnia
  • Hair loss

Some known side effects of pot are:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Slowed reaction time, cognitive impairment

Given the gaps in the research, the effects of combining THC and MPH are relatively unknown. A study of 16 participants, which observed the vital signs of the individuals and used self-report measures on sensations, found that the positive feelings many associate with MPH and THC use were amplified when the drugs were taken simultaneously. However, that same investigation found that the combination caused a higher heart rate than each of the drugs on their own. Additionally, a case study offered anecdotal evidence that the combined effects of THC and MPH could potentially contribute to manic episodes (feelings of being very energized, irritable, and active). While these studies hint at some positive and negative interactions between the two drugs, the lack of data on the subject makes it difficult to draw any solid conclusions.

There’s been more research into weed’s effect on ADHD, but the results have been similarly inconclusive. Some folks hold the belief that marijuana can be therapeutic for people with ADHD, but it has yet to be supported by the evidence. In fact, one study found that pot decreased performance when it came to attention, working memory, and verbal learning for people with ADHD. In terms of weed usage, there’s conflicting evidence as to whether those diagnosed with ADHD engage in more or less weed usage than others. It has been found, however, that people with ADHD tend to use marijuana along with other substances.

Drugs, whether prescribed or not, tend to have the risk of unintended side effects, and combining drugs increases this risk. While there’s some information that points to negative consequences of combining weed and MPH, the scope and severity are still reasonably unknown. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide whether you feel comfortable mixing THC and MPH, given the limited and conflicting research. Health care providers often speak with patients about substance use, so if you’re comfortable, you may want to talk with yours about your marijuana use and how it interacts with your medication. Being honest with them may help inform your treatment plan and ensure that you’re getting the best possible care.

Dear Alice, I have ADHD and am prescribed 30 mg of Ritalin a day. However I also smoke pot at least once a week. Is it okay to be smoking while on Ritalin? ]]>