Tucker Carlson faces a backlash in selling hashish myths

In his daily show Tucker Carlson todayFox News top presenter Tucker Carlson invited former New York Times Reporter Alex Berenson, who made a career in part writing about the dangers of cannabis, discussed how cannabis causes “vomiting” and how complications “can actually kill you”. He also compared cannabis to benzodiazepines.

Carlson grew up in Southern California and admitted that he smoked cannabis “as a child”. But once on the subject of cannabis, Berenson almost immediately brought up cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), a real but extremely rare disease believed to have been caused by years of cannabis use. The term was first coined in 2004.

When Carlson asked what CHS was, Berenson explained that it was “uncontrollable vomiting due to THC”. Cedars Sinai provides information on CHS, cyclical vomiting, which is believed to be due to years of heavy cannabis use. Research on the disease is young, but in 2012, Researchers were able to locate 98 cases over time by CHS that were published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

But when people get CHS, Berenson said, “It can actually kill; you get so dehydrated that you have to go to an emergency room. ” High times reported that the cannabis industry is polarized on the severity of CHSwhat some argue has been linked to rare deaths. But it could also be misdiagnosed. Dr. Peter Grinspoon for example, raised concerns in terms of the similarity of the disease with cyclic vomiting syndrome – a completely different disease.

[literally sparking a joint the size of my middle finger right now] This is crazy man https://t.co/QF4IN4q0ci

– Scott Wampler ™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) April 14, 2021

Berenson’s fixation on cannabis began a long time ago, but in 2019 he published his book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence. The book was compared to Reefer Madness-era yellow journalism portraying cannabis as a dangerous drug. According to Vox, the book is peppered with misinformation, exaggerations and half-truths.

Berenson and Carlson then began comparing cannabis to benzodiazepines, such as anti-anxiety drugs or muscle relaxants, which are highly addictive and strong enough to stop breathing. Uproxx pointed out the fundamental problems with this theory.

I drank marijuana once and vomited since https://t.co/iiQWEkLcSB

– Thor Benson (@thor_benson) April 14, 2021

As with most other strong cannabis opponents, Twitter users were quick to clap back with information that disproved the ideas being promoted Tucker Carlson today. Carlson was dragged onto the platform without mercy and roasted.

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