There are many risks that come with indulging in marijuana if it’s illegal in your neighborhood. The risk of being arrested is a given, as is the risk of potentially losing your job over it. However life-altering these risks may be, they pale in comparison to what can happen if you smoke a joint of laced weed.
Even with the most trustworthy dealer, there’s a small chance that the goods they’re offering could be laced with something else. You can prevent something terrible from happening by looking for these warning signs before you light up.
Most dealers don’t lace marijuana with hard drugs, such as meth or heroin, and sell it to unsuspecting buyers. They’d be losing money by selling extra drugs for less cost.
Some people worry that dealers will lace marijuana with an addictive drug, such as cocaine, to get a person hooked on a more expensive drug. That’s possible but uncommon.
Dealers are more likely to lace weed with cheap substances to rip off customers. They may mix it with laundry detergent, perfumes or tiny shards of glass to enhance the smell, increase the weight or make the drug seem more potent.
Rare cases of dealers selling marijuana laced with hard drugs have been reported. However, reports of marijuana laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl in 2017 were not credible, according to the fact-checking agency Snopes.
Most of the time, people using marijuana are more likely than dealers to lace it, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research. They may mix it with PCP or LSD to enhance the drug’s hallucinatory effects. Marijuana cigarettes have also been soaked in embalming fluid for the same purpose.
Real, pure weed will have cannabis trichomes, which are white miniature crystals that will turn into a sticky brown substance when rubbed. If you notice a lot of the crystals on your weed, rub it between your fingers. Pure marijuana will get very sticky. (This is why they call weed “sticky icky.”)
Laced marijuana won’t get sticky at all, and will continue to feel powdery between your fingers. Dealers who are looking to trick novice smokers will crush up pills or add other powders to the pot in a bid to try to fake trichomes’s appearance. Though we may call it “sparking up,” unadulterated weed very rarely sparks. The only sparks that should happen is from pot seeds that pop as they’re sparked up.
An obviously suspicious color or pungent smell may be a warning sign for laced weed. Other simple tests may reveal impurities. People who use recreational marijuana claim that rubbing marijuana against a CD shouldn’t cause scratches. If the weed scratches the CD, it may contain glass.
If you notice that your herb is popping extremely frequently, it could be that it wasn’t flushed correctly… or it could be that the joint you’re smoking is laced. Another related warning sign is if the joint flares up when its exposed to a light. This is a sign that it may have been dipped in fuel, and you really don’t want that in your lungs.
Most people who smoke weed get a bit giggly, hungry, or otherwise happy when they light up. This is totally normal, and it’s a big reason why so many people love to get high. After all, we wouldn’t want to get high if it didn’t leave us feeling good, would we?
But, with laced pot, it’s often a matter of an order of magnitude. If you really can’t stop talking, are unable to stop pacing back and forth, or are feeling a “rolling” euphoria, it’s very likely that you’re dealing with laced stuff. One of the most common signs that you’re smoking weed laced with PCP is the inability to feel anything your body touches. If you notice this happening to you, stop smoking immediately. Smoking PCP can lead to permanent nerve damage.
If you’re hallucinating, chances are that you’re smoking something that is laced. However, it could be almost anything. DMT, LSD, MDMA, PCP, and even meth have all been known to cause visual or audio hallucinations in people.