Pattern of marijuana use during adolescence may impact psychosocial outcomes in adulthood — ScienceDaily BULLSHIT ALERT

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

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.

AuntieBS

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