Getting High On Xanax – Recreational Use Is Risky & On The Rise

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Xanax is a potent, fast-acting prescription drug that is used to treat panic, anxiety and sleep disorders. Xanax is also known by its generic name “alprazolam”.

According to the National Institute of Health:

  • Xanax is the most commonly prescribed mental health drug in the United States

When taken orally, the effects of Xanax can usually be felt within 30-45 minutes, and it reaches peak levels in the bloodstream within about two hours. Most users report that the sedative effects begin to wear off within about four hours.

The fact Xanax is the most prescribed mental health drug in the U.S. makes it relatively easy to get both through a pharmacy and off the street. That has led to more and more people looking for information on Xanax use, as well as record-high levels of Xanax addiction throughout the country.

How Much Xanax To Get High?

The amount of Xanax a user needs to take to feel drowsy, loose coordination, and even loose consciousness depends on a number of variables, such as the age and weight of the user, how long they’ve been taking Xanax for, and whether or not they’re mixing Xanax with alcohol or other drugs.

How Long Does Xanax High Last?

Recreational Xanax users often need to take large doses every few hours to sustain the sedative effect of the drug, and once they’re addicted, coming off Xanax can lead to depression, insomnia, anxiety and other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Can You Smoke Xanax?

Technically speaking, yes, you can smoke Xanax. Given the fact that Xanax is already a fast-acting drug when taken orally and that heating up Xanax can actually reduce the sedative effects of any benzodiazepine, users rarely smoke Xanax.

Can You Snort Xanax?

Yes, however, snorting Xanax can actually make it less effective because it’s not water soluble, which means it’s not well absorbed through the mucus membranes in the nose. Users who try to get high by snorting Xanax are at an increased risk of both overdosing, and causing serious damage to their nasal passages.

Can You OD on Xanax?

Yes, while Xanax, like all benzodiazepines are believed to be relatively ‘safe’ for recreational users, it is certainly possible to OD on Xanax. In fact, Michael Jackson was taking large quantities of Xanax right up until his death, which was officially deemed to be caused by acute propofol and benzodiazepine (Xanax) intoxication.

Xanax High

Xanax ranks among the most commonly abused drugs in the U.S. today.

  • The most common form of abuse is to swallow more than the recommended dose.
  • People abusing benzodiazepines will often chew or crush and then snort them.
  • These various methods of misuse tend to speed up the tranquilizing “buzz” xanax has on the central nervous system.
  • Xanax is a sedative that works by slowing down the central nervous system.
  • Abusers rarely experience any sort of euphoric ‘high’ from it, even when taken in large doses.
  • People who chase a Xanax high often become extremely sedated, and might pass out.
  • The amount of Xanax needed to take to feel drowsy, lose coordination and even consciousness depends on age, weight, how long they’ve been taking it, and whether or not it is being mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
  • Using Xanax illicitly can quickly lead to tolerance and dependence.
  • Xanax abusers prefer bars because they provide more intense hypnotic effects than traditional xanax tablets.

Overdosing On Xanax

While Xanax, like all benzodiazepines are believed to be relatively ‘safe’ for recreational users, it is certainly possible to overdosing.

Misuse or abuse of Xanax, especially in tandem with alcohol and other drugs, is not just addictive. It can be life threatening as well.

Benzodiazepine overdoses are up 800% since 1999.

The National Institutes of Health report a steady increase in xanax and other benzodiazepine related overdose in the last decade, with an estimated 9,000 deaths in 2015 alone. While there might not be a steady stream of headlines about xanax, there’s no safe method for abusing it.

  • Michael Jackson was taking large quantities of Xanax right up until his death, which was officially deemed to be caused by acute propofol and benzodiazepine (Xanax) intoxication.

How Long Does a Xanax Last?

When taken orally, the effects of Xanax can usually be felt within 30-45 minutes, and it reaches peak levels in the bloodstream within about two hours.

  • Most users report that the sedative effects begin to wear off within about four hours, however, it can take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours for a single dose to be completely eliminated from the body.

Smoking

Technically speaking, yes, you can smoke Xanax. Given the fact that Xanax is already a fast-acting drug when taken orally and that heating up Xanax can actually reduce the sedative effects of any benzodiazepine, users rarely smoke Xanax.

  • Smoking crushed Xanax or injecting it after its liquefied is extremely dangerous.

Snorting

You might even be curious about snorting Xanax, or finding out what happens if Xanax is combined with other drugs or alcohol. To help you understand Xanax abuse, we’ve prepared a quick list of answers to your questions about this benzodiazepine.

Just like with smoking Xanax, snorting Xanax can actually make it less effective because it’s not water soluble, which means it’s not well absorbed through the mucus membranes in the nose. Users who try to get high by snorting Xanax are at an increased risk of both overdosing, and causing serious damage to their nasal passages. The same is true with injecting Xanax.

Help

If you are worried you, or someone you care about, might be taking or abusing Xanax to get high rather than for appropriate medical reasons there is help available. Addiction to benzodiazepines is treatable and individuals seeking help should not be stigmatized or feel any shame for needing help.

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