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Concerta is one of the many different types of methylphenidate drugs that are being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a disease that is commonly diagnosed in children who are misbehaving in school, and most medical sectors agree that ADHD medications are overly prescribed without a justified cause. It is estimated that almost a third of the youth in America are taking this medication to curb their behavior. 

Not only is Concerta something that is treating behavioral problems, another off-label use of the product is a "study-aid" for university students. It is a common practice now in many universities across the world where students will obtain these drugs before an exam to help them focus on the material and be able to put in several hours of learning at a time without becoming fatigued. It has become so commonplace in modern society that several lawsuits have been filed challenging the fairness of the education system when only the rich students are able to afford to buy these medications illegally and score better on exams. 

Another drug that has been abused for decades would be marijuana. This is also a substance that has becoming so common in society that many countries and states are considering a move to legalize the substance. With an estimated rate of about 50 percent of youth abusing both marijuana and Concerta-like substances, what could possibly happen if patients would use these substances together? 

There is a frustratingly low amount of investigations showing the possible consequences of using these substances together but due to the popularity of the substances, it will only be a matter of time before we start to know the true effects of these medications.

In one exploratory study, 16 healthy adults were asked to take small doses of Concerta together with varying doses of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. It was determined that even small amounts of both marijuana and Concerta led to an increase in heart rates of healthy patients. 

THC without any Concerta was found to give a heart rate of 89 bpm, THC with 10mg of Concerta gave a heart rate of 96 bpm and THC with 40mg of Concerta gave a heart rate of 102 bpm. 

This shows that you will predispose yourself to have tachycardia even when you are taking a very low amount of THC. If you are taking a more commonly used dose of THC, rates could be much higher and patients will have a risk of having chest pain, a change to have arrhythmias and potentially even heart attacks if the dosage is higher than normal. 

This same study also indicated that patients who used a combination of the drugs also had much lower scores on performance testing and reaction times compared to patients not taking the combination of these drugs. 

When you add all these factors together, it shows that this combination could be quite dangerous. Abusers of both drugs can quickly get into cars and can be as dangerous to themselves and others if those who drink and drive. As we explore this combination of drugs, we will learn more about the potential dangers of these combinations. [1]

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