FDA Drug Profile: Benadryl vs. Cannabis The 420 Times Staff June 8, 2011 420 Times Exclusives, Activism, Exclusive Web Content, FDA Drug Profiles, Patient ResourcesBenadryl — 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: DiphenhydramineSome Typical Uses:allergic symptoms and itchingsymptoms of the common coldused as sedative/for insomniaused as antiemetic (motion sickness, etc.)used as local anestheticCommon Side Effects:dry mouth, nose, and throatdrowsinessdizzinessnauseavomitingloss of appetiteconstipationincreased chest congestionheadachemuscle weaknessexcitement (especially in children)nervousnessLess Common Side Effects:motor impairmentflushed skinblurred visionabnormal sensitivity to bright lightdifficulty concentratingshort-term memory lossvisual disturbancesirregular breathingirritabilityitchy skinconfusiondecreased body temperatureerectile dysfunctionpainful 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 ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.