Old Hippie’s FDA Drug Profiles

I’ve started an interesting series on The 420 Times where I compare various substances — including their uses, effects, and side effects — to cannabis (a.k.a. medical marijuana). I’ve been surprised myself by the fact that even FDA-approved, over-the-counter, so-called “harmless” drugs like Benadryl have caused any number of serious side effects, up to and including death.

I’m also planning to cover the “Big 3”: alcohol, tobacco, and (gasp!) caffeine. So you can use this handy search URL to follow along and see what amazing facts I uncover!


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.


So about caffeine. I’ve recently had to give it up because apparently having 5 bottles of soda and two coffees a day is bad. It was tearing up my stomach and it pained me to eat. I couldn’t stomach anything. So, I gave it up cold turkey because I knew it was the source after looking around on the internet. On my third day of just drinking water, I was falling asleep walking on campus so much that I tripped and had to stop and text my friend to help me back to my dorm. Never knew such a sugar crash existed.

Caffeine = bad.
Mary Jane = veryyyyy good. Helped me cope and cleared my acne.

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