Archive for March, 2017

Photo by NIDA What is marijuana?

Source: DrugFacts: Marijuana | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

“For example, a study from New Zealand conducted in part by researchers at Duke University showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and 38.”

This has been publicly debunked!  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/twins-study-finds-no-evidence-marijuana-lowers-iq-teens

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10859185

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/reefer-madness-debunked-as-major-uk-study-finds-marijuana-does-not-reduce-iq-in-teens/

So, it is disappointing to see the NIDA perpetuating this lie, but not surprising in the least.  Just more government BULLSHIT.  Evidently, these Reefer Madness shills do not understand causality, or intentionally try to mislead the public.  While correlation was indeed found between lower IQs and cannabis use, the cannabis was NOT CAUSAL.  Quite the opposite– lower IQs meant more struggles in everyday life, school, and other activities, hence the increased need for escapes and self-medication.  A recent study showed that THC is useful in reducing anxiety and stress, so the lower IQ kids were seeking stress relief.  Stress was the causal factor, not vice versa

AuntieBS

A natural signaling molecule that activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain plays a critical role in stress-resilience — the ability to adapt to repeated and acute exposures to traumatic stress.

Source: Natural chemical helps brain adapt to stress — ScienceDaily

The company is also under investigation for illegally marketing powerful opioid painkillers.

Source: A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana – The Washington Post

 

If this isn’t pure, unadulturated BULLSHIT to the Nth degree, I don’t know what is!  Let’s hope that Trump de-funds the DEA!  (I won’t hold my breath.)

AuntieBS

Learn about cannabigerol (CBG), a lesser known cannabinoid with emerging research on its medical benefits for specific systems.

Source: What Is CBG and What Are the Benefits of This Cannabinoid? | Leafly

Although THC and CBD are popular cannabinoids, there are a handful of cannabis strains that contain higher than average levels of esoteric cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, and CBC.

Source: These Cannabis Strains All Have Unique Cannabinoids | Leafly

In the first prospective study of synthetic cannabinoids or SCs — the group of chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana — researchers have found that symptoms of depression, drinking alcohol, or using marijuana was linked to an increased risk of SC use one year later.

Source: Depression, alcohol, and marijuana linked to later use of synthetic marijuana among teens — ScienceDaily
Do you even have to read this garbage to know what it means?  It can be summarized as “DEPRESSED TEENS MORE LIKELY TO USE INTOXICANTS”, which isn’t science or news, but simply common sense.  But, to their credit, they did say:

“With respect to mental health, the researchers found that depressive symptoms, but not anxiety or impulsivity, were predictive of later [Synthetic Cannabinoids] use, suggesting that symptoms of depression may increase the likelihood of use. The same relationship between depressive symptoms and greater propensity for marijuana use was not found.

Alcohol and synthetic cannabinoids are much more powerful intoxicants and thereby provide greater escapes from reality, so this is no surprise.  But, the title of this paper implies that marijuana may be causal, so watch for lay journalists in the mainstream media to promote just that meme.

AuntieBS

College students who consume medium-to-high levels of alcohol and marijuana have a consistently lower GPA, according to a new study.

Source: Consumption of alcohol and marijuana associated with lower GPA in college: Medium-to-high consumption of both substances associated with lower college GPA over two years — ScienceDaily

You will probably see this as front-page news in the mainstream media.  Self-important people will be smugly saying “I told you so”, and many naive people will believe the implication– that marijuana and alcohol CAUSE lower grade scores.

Has it ever occurred to them what happens to the student that lacks good study habits, or parents that push them to study,  or lacks the self-discipline to pay attention in school, or hangs with the wrong crowd and is distracted by alternate interests, like cars, dating, social networks, video games, etc?  That type of student will not only struggle more in school, but will be more likely to associate with similar struggling students who find yet ANOTHER distraction:  getting high!  It feels good, is fun, and helps them to forget their misery in school.

Time and time again, I see misplaced causality.  Many legitimate studies have have debunked cannabis as the causal agent, and attributed the cause to be as I have just suggested– socioeconomic conditions are the cause of the marijuana or alcohol (or other intoxicants) use, not vice versa.  What is more fun– playing computer games or studying?  Without parental pressure to do the latter, kids will succumb to distractions and THAT causes poor studying habits and increased struggles.  Finding yet another distraction (getting high) is a natural follower.

AuntieBS