FDA Drug Profile: Benadryl vs. Cannabis Old Hippie June 8, 2011 420 Times Exclusives, Activism, Exclusive Web Content, FDA Drug Profiles, Patient Resources Benadryl — a.k.a. Diphenhydramine — is a ubiquitous over-the-counter medication available in most countries (although it is illegal in Zambia). Its prime use is as an antihistamine for relieving symptoms of allergies, as an antiemetic, and as a sedative. While it’s not generally known, Benadryl is commonly abused, at which point it might be considered a dangerous drug, due to some of the more alarming side effects that happen at high dosages (convulsions, coma, and the ever-popular “death”). How Does Diphenhydramine Compare To Medical Marijuana? Even though Diphenhydramine is an FDA-approved drug, it has a number of side effects, some of them potentially serious. Many people have died from taking overdoses of Diphenhydramine. We’ve taken the following information from Wikipedia and PubMed, and highlighted in bold green any side effects or uses that match those known for cannabis. In general, if you’re using Diphenhydramine for anything other than its antihistamine properties, you might consider trying a safer drug…like cannabis. Trade Names: Benadyl, Dimedrol, Daedalon Street Names: DPH, DHM Generic Name: Diphenhydramine Some Typical Uses: allergic symptoms and itching symptoms of the common cold used as sedative/for insomnia used as antiemetic (motion sickness, etc.) used as local anesthetic Common Side Effects: dry mouth, nose, and throat drowsiness dizziness nausea vomiting loss of appetite constipation increased chest congestion headache muscle weakness excitement (especially in children) nervousness Less Common Side Effects: motor impairment flushed skin blurred vision abnormal sensitivity to bright light difficulty concentrating short-term memory loss visual disturbances irregular breathing irritability itchy skin confusion decreased body temperature erectile dysfunction painful urination 5 Responses Vee June 8, 2011 Erectile dysfunction? Painful urination? And death? Woah definitely sticking to cannabis Log in to Reply weeeeeeeeeeeeeeed June 9, 2011 Cool, only i can’t smoke a joint and get rid of my allergy symptoms. Sometimes when I smoke I get a runny nose. If someone goes into anaphylactic shock your not going to throw them a joint. Weak, stick to drugs that can actually be compared to herb. Log in to Reply Sinsemilla June 9, 2011 Ganja all the way. Way safer Log in to Reply BENNY AND THE JEST June 10, 2011 Dryll’ed up! Benadryl snow cones rule!!!!! Benadryl and anything! Benadryl me in my arse!! Log in to Reply Old Hippie June 11, 2011 “Weiner’s pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, is currently in Zambia, traveling with Secretary of State of Hillary Clinton.” I hope she didn’t take any Benadryl with her! Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.