Archive for July, 2017

A pattern of escalating marijuana use in adolescents is linked to higher rates of depression and lower educational accomplishments in adulthood.

Source: Pattern of marijuana use during adolescence may impact psychosocial outcomes in adulthood — ScienceDaily

 

As is often the case, causality is not shown, but assumed.  It is assumed that teen cannabis use increases psychosocial problems in later life.  What is more likely is that underlying psychosocial problems, or socio-economic issues, may be the common denominator in both the cannabis use and later problems.

For this study to have been done right would have required random selection of teens from a wide selection of neighborhoods, spanning impoverished to affluent, in a variety of states, to eliminate confounders.  Any student of statistics can tell you that random selection is key to meaningful statistics, yet shortcuts are often taken, yielding incorrect results.  Most studies like this one have been later refuted because of socio-economic underliers.

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More than 130,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries take place each year with the majority of patients not requiring pain medication after three months post-operatively. However, researchers have found that those patients who were filling opioid prescriptions prior to surgery were 10 times more likely to be filling prescriptions five months after surgery.

Source: Patients taking opioids prior to ACL surgery more likely to be on pain medications longer — ScienceDaily

 

That brilliance could be read, “Patients who have lower thresholds of pain and/or more extensive ACL damage,  are more likely to use opiates longer”.  Well, DUH!  Where is the causality?  Are people in greater pain more likely to take opiates before surgery, as well as for longer after?  This may be the causal factor vs the implication that if we withhold pain relief until after surgery, it will toughen people to do without pain relief quicker.  Puh-lease.  They are not determining the causal factor here.  Bad study.

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According to a comprehensive review by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, “few marijuana users become dependent” upon pot. By contrast, those who drink alcohol are nearly twice as likely to do so problematically. Nonetheless, over half of all young people admitted to drug treatment programs are there for their involvement with marijuana, and this percentage is steadily rising. So what’s going on?

Source: Blowing the Lid off of the ‘Marijuana Treatment’ Racket | Alternet

 

AuntieBS wrote about this scam in the past.  Some crooked person sets up a “Marijuana Rehab Facility”, then offers kickbacks to schools and law enforcement, who then give some kid caught with a joint a choice:  Jail or rehab.  The kid will, of course, choose the rehab.  Then, the scammer cites “Marijuana addiction rehab up 70%” or some nonsense, validating the “addictive” and/or “problematic” nature of marijuana.  It’s BS.

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Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits – but without the psychotropic high.

Source: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids — ScienceDaily

 

This is interesting.  Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are high in omega-3 fatty acids, but might also contain some cannabinoids.  No, not THC.  Sorry.  But other cannabinoids.  It would be interesting to know if hemp seeds/oil have better anti inflammatory properties than fish oil or other omega-3 sources.

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Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.

Source: Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18: Seattle-focused study suggests earlier intervention with depressed youths could reduce rate of cannabis-use disorder — ScienceDaily

 

YAY!  They got the causality right, for a change:  Depression in teens leads to subsequent cannabis abuse, not vice versa, as so many “studies” suggest.  This is refreshing.  How many other maladies, attributed to cannabis or other drugs, are the cause, not the result?

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An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a measurement that, due to the compound’s chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.

Source: Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer: Researchers have measured a fundamental physical property of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana — ScienceDaily

Imagine if this much effort was put into characterizing the properties and medical benefits of cannabis…  <sigh>

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The link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences has been confirmed in a Canadian adolescent cohort.

Source: Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis — ScienceDaily

While this may not be bullshit, it may be overblown.  It’s easy to get paranoid and mis-perceive reality when stoned, and possibly a bit after.  But, this is like a “duh” moment because any mind-altering, or more accurately, perception-altering intoxicant can do this.  But, it goes away after a while.

Now, I should comment that I do not approve of adolescents getting intoxicated on anything– there is just too much to learn about and perceive while sober/straight to confuse the brain with intoxicants, but it may not be the end of the world as the frowning “experts” believe.  Still, I think youth is to be experienced in full presence of mind, and intoxicants can come later.

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