Buspirone High – Feelings, Intensity, Ways Of Abuse

Last Updated: July 10, 2020

Authored by Isaak Stotts, LP

Also referred to as Vanspar, Buspirone is an anxiolytic medication that some may abuse to achieve Buspar high. However, the truth is that experiencing euphoria on Buspar is almost impossible.  This article serves as an informational guide to explain Buspar’s high and to prevent any misconceptions regarding the abuse of the medication.

Getting High

What is Buspirone used for? It is used in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and related anxiety. It poses minimal risk of addiction or dependence to patients. Users who abide by the regular dose of Buspirone 10 mg or 15 mg per day may also experience high that can be mistaken for side effects.

It is quite possible to get high on Buspar, despite it having a low potential for abuse. To achieve it, one requires to take a very high dose of the drug at once. Some may even go further and take over 60mg, which is a maximum daily dose recommended for patients. Moreover, in order to enhance the effects abusers may utilize the Buspar alcohol combination.

While there have been various claims and reports about people experiencing euphoria from Buspar, it is unclear whether they took it alone or mixed it with other drugs. The general result most people get from consuming high doses of Buspirone alone is extreme sedation and increased physical and mental dysphoria.
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Buspar High Effects

Being an anxiolytic medication, it provides a sedating effect alongside the feeling of unusual calmness. A further increase in dose can lead to a series of serious side effects. Listed below are symptoms of Buspirone high:

  • Sedation
  • Extreme Calmness
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sleepiness

Even though it is hard to determine how long high feeling lasts depending on individual factors, but generally it is 30 minutes. Generally, Vanspar does not have any street value and basically not a drug choice for those looking to get high.

Ways Of Abuse

There are different ways people abuse Buspar to get high. Most people follow the oral route, while others prefer snorting the powdered drug. Normally, what people do is consume more than the recommended dose approved by the doctor. Recreational users usually take around 60-100mg of Buspar at a given time, while others increase this dose to meet their needs. Listed below are the ways people abuse the drug and their accompanying dangers.


Oral abuse is one of the most common ways people abuse Vanspar. People abuse Buspirone orally by consuming big amounts at once. Abusers sometimes combine the drug with alcohol in order to enhance and prolong the high. This act results in increased physical sedation and dysphoria.

For those abusing the drug orally to achieve high on Buspirone, a sudden attempt to stop or reduce intake can result in devastating Buspar withdrawal symptoms like irritability, agitation, insomnia, tremors, cramps, fevers, and in severe cases, seizures. In cases like this, it is important to seek medical assistance.
Prescription Pills And Glass Of Wine


Snorting Buspar involves sniffing crushed pills through the nostril. Unlike oral use, snorting results in a more rapid absorption since it allows to bypass the digestive tract. But instead, the drug goes straight to the bloodstream via the blood vessels in the nose. Listed below are side effects from snorting Buspar:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Nosebleeds
  • Breathing problems
  • Damage to the nasal mucosa and sinuses
  • Perforation of the septum

Recreational Abuse Is Dangerous

While Vanspar has low toxicity and addiction potential, it does not mean that it can’t be abused. Patients, trying to get high on Buspar, expose themselves to serious health complications and Buspirone sexual side effects when they consume high doses of Buspar. Those already addicted to Buspar should enroll in the closest drug rehabilitation facility. At a rehabilitation facility, the focus of substance addiction treatment revolves around detoxification, pharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and many more.

Page Sources

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Published on: July 10th, 2020

Updated on: July 10th, 2020

About Author

Isaak Stotts, LP

Isaak Stotts is an in-house medical writer in AddictionResource. Isaak learned addiction psychology at Aspen University and got a Master's Degree in Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling. After graduation, he became a substance abuse counselor, providing individual, group, and family counseling for those who strive to achieve and maintain sobriety and recovery goals.


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  • Judith Carpenter
    My son in law is snorting buspar, he gets them legally. But they give him 180 buspars every 2 weeks. I’ve told them hes snorting them and they tell me its ok.