Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia: Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger the brain disorder, researchers say — ScienceDaily BULLSHIT ALERT

Posted: April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

A new study points to cannabis as a trigger for schizophrenia. The research finds that smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia in individuals already susceptible to the disorder.

Source: Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia: Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger the brain disorder, researchers say — ScienceDaily

 

OK– this is not true bullshit, as one finds in the press– it is science.  BUT, the results are meaningless and already misused.  It would be like saying, in shocking fonts and terms, that ORANGE JUICE CAUSES URINATION.  Well, uhm, yes it does, but so does plain water, milk, fruit, coffee, …

Cannabis causes an altered state; an altered awareness, increased visualization, enhanced imagination, in some cases, paranoia and anxiety.  For someone on the cusp of hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there, cannabis could indeed trigger it.  But, so could hypnosis, a story in a book, a television show, a traumatic event, or even someone playing tricks on the victim, like ringing the doorbell and quickly hiding, or calling the victim on the phone and hanging up.  Anything that stimulates the imagination, especially if/when fear is involved, can trigger schizophrenia….in a schizophrenic.  But, these things do not cause schizophrenia;  cannabis is not causal.

So, this study really tells us little, but will be misused to justify Draconian persecution of cannabis users, and the popular media will twist it into implying that it is, indeed, causal.  So, it is BULLSHIT.

AuntieBS

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