After Roseanne fallout from racist tweet, Ambien vs marijuana debate erupts

A debate about the legality of the prescription sleeping pill – Ambien – and its side effects versus the illegality of marijuana despite the green herb’s beneficial health value to treating insomnia has erupted. 

The debate ensued on Wednesday following ABC quickly canceled the reboot of the sitcom “Roseanne.”

The TV star Roseanne Cherrie Barr, 65, falsely said on Tuesday that Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama, has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. Worst, she said Jarrett is also the product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”

File image of Valerie Jarrett
File image of Valerie Jarrett

Despite her apology, ABC scrapped the show, citing Barr’s “abhorrent” and “repugnant” tweets.

Barr defended herself when she said that her tweet was written after she had taken the prescription sleeping pill Ambien.

Sitcom star Roseanne Barr has faced a swift backlash after a series of racist remarks on Twitter. (File image via AFP/Getty)
Sitcom star Roseanne Barr has faced a swift backlash after a series of racist remarks on Twitter. (File image via AFP/Getty)

But the biggest surprise is how Americans on social media started comparing Ambien with marijuana.

Martio C from San Antonio, spelled what many other Americans feel when he tweeted: “Another reason to legalize Marijuana in Texas – unlike Ambien, it has no side effects. #naturescure.”

Marijuana is currently illegal on a federal level in the United States despite its legal medical status in 29 U.S. states and nine others where its recreational use is fully permitted.

More states are catching up. This February, Texas witnessed the opening of its first medical marijuana dispensary.

Ambien’s side effects

Ambien pills. (File image)
Ambien pills. (File image)

Ambien is a sedative drug primarily used for the treatment of trouble sleeping.

The sleeping pill decreases the time to sleep onset by about 15 minutes and at larger doses helps people stay asleep longer. However, the common side effects of taking Ambien are sleepiness, headache, nausea, and diarrhea.

Other side effects include memory problems, hallucinations, and abuse.

However, marijuana has been praised to treat the most stubborn insomnia.  Not only people can find their escape to the dream world more peacefully, but it doesn’t have any dire effects.

In Canada and in U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal, people who suffer insomnia can cannabis in the form of prescription pills to be able to finally go to sleep.

While one Twitter user said “Ambien, alcohol and marijuana does not change who you are, they show who you really are,” Eric Amer asked @therealroseanne: “Would you have chosen Marijuana instead of Ambien if you had the opportunity to so?”

And in defense of the green herb, Jimmy Freshsaid: “Ambien was responsible for Tiger Woods’ cheating and Roseanne’s racism.”

Tom Angell, an American journalist known for his marijuana activism, also jumped into the discussion.

But Angell talked about how Barr blocked him a year ago for highlighting her “incorrect” claim that U.S. President Donald Trump “campaigned on legalizing marijuana.”

Didn’t Roseanne run for president on the platform of legalizing marijuana? WTF is she doing taking Ambien over indica?
— Greg Gilman (@GregAtTheWrap) May 30, 2018

While Trump said that he won’t interfere with U.S. states legalizing marijuana, he appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions in February last year. Sessions is not only known for his hardline stance against cannabis but starting January this year, he sharpened the federal government’s teeth on the green herb.

Despite the federal government shunning marijuana, the trend to legalize marijuana is continuing.

Dee Stone’s message from Florida, where medical marijuana is legal since 2016, is a proof that the pro-medical cannabis sentiment is prevalent in the United States.

“Skip the #ambien and just smoke some #marijuana,” Stone told Barr.