Tylenol: The Synthesized Painkiller That Works Like Medical Marijuana

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If you’re into brand names, you call it Tylenol; if you’re into generics, it’s acetaminophen; if you’re from almost anywhere else in the world but North America, it’s called paracetamol. But it’s one of the most widely-selling pain relievers on the market, and (relatively) recently, researchers finally discovered how it works. And it works a lot like cannabis for pain relief!

It turns out that one of the main ways that acetaminophen works is by activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body, very similar to the way THC does (although it’s a much more complicated process in the case of acetaminophen). Acetoaminophen is also a COX inhibitor, so this isn’t the only way it works, but it’s damn interesting anyway.

Whether you call it Tylenol, acetaminophen, or paracetamol, it’s generally considered to be one of the safest drugs available, so it’s sold over the counter in most places around the world. Of course, that’s “safest” in comparison to prescription drugs and most other Big Pharma products: it’s also one of the top causes of liver failure, and after numerous deaths, the FDA is now starting to implement new rules for lower doses. Ironically, the 450 deaths a year in the US from inadvertent acetaminophen poisoning vastly outnumber the victims in the widely-publicized Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s. Deaths from cannabis toxicity still stand at a big fat zero.


Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. BeyondChronic.com is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


YAY!!! I am so glad you are back and posting again….

Good article. Kind of makes ya sit back and shake your head.

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