Archive for the ‘Bad Science’ Category

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

The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study.

Source: Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis — ScienceDaily

Notice that psychosis is ASSOCIATED WITH cannabis, and the obvious assumption is that the cannabis is causal.  Well, have they considered that the PSYCHOSIS may be causal?  That people struggling with psychosis might be 3.5 times more likely to self-medicate with cannabis?

I have personal knowledge of ONE example, out of perhaps 100, where in my estimation, the cannabis exacerbated the psychosis of an individual, but was not causal.  The neurotic individual exhibited borderline psychosis that seemed to intensity with cannabis use, but also grew over the years.  Was it a natural progression or did cannabis cause it?  It is difficult to tell outside of a real research project, but the implications of this article are highly suspect!

AuntieBS

In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.

Source: Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ — ScienceDaily

What has happened to the quality of science and research?  The implication of this paper is that cannabis CAUSES abnormal brain function and lower IQ, but the opposite is as- or more-  likely.  Causality is not shown.  Kids with abnormal brain function and lower IQ struggle more in school and society, and as a result of THAT, often seek intoxication to help escape the reality.

AuntieBS

Smoking the equivalent of a single ‘spliff’ of cannabis makes people less willing to work for money while ‘high,’ finds a new study. The research is the first to reliably demonstrate the short-term effects of cannabis on motivation in humans. The researchers also tested motivation in people who were addicted to cannabis but not high during the test, and found that their motivation levels were no different to volunteers in the control group.

Source: Cannabis reduces short-term motivation to work for money: Smoking the equivalent of a single ‘spliff’ of cannabis makes people less willing to work for money while ‘high’ — ScienceDaily

Duh, ya think????  Anyone with any experience with cannabis could have told you this without and grant money or research.  It’s like asserting that having alcohol can be relaxing or that drinking too much can make one tipsy.

It’s sad that we spend money on foolishness like this instead of researching the true medical benefits of cannabis.

AuntieBS

The use of medical marijuana for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of health conditions and the subsequent therapeutic benefits has long been documented. Cannabis sativa can benefit patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. So given all the health benefits for people experiencing debilitating health issues, why does the federal government continue to stifle valid, externally valid scientific research on Cannabis sativa?

Source: How the federal government limits valid scientific research on Cannabis sativa: Researchers attempt to navigate difficult system — ScienceDaily

Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study that followed a group of students over a seven-year period. However, the study found marijuana use was predictive of poorer functioning across more areas, including lower academic functioning, being less prepared for school, more delinquent behavior and poorer mental health.

Source: Adolescent alcohol, marijuana use leads to poor academic performance, health problems — ScienceDaily

These clearly are not “researchers” but naive students, likely pushed down this path by professors’ personal agendas.  Here, they naively assume that alcohol and cannabis are causal, but it is MORE likely that troubled teens hang with the wrong crowds, seek escapes from their academic foibles, and do poorly in school irrespective of any drug or alcohol use.  It is the poor academic performance that is causal to their chemical escapes.  What would YOU prefer– beating your head against the wall in a struggle with schoolwork that you do not understand, or enjoy a buzz?  The answer should be obvious to the “researchers” but I’d bet that Big Pharma is likely to fund the professor, who then urges his students to find negativity associated with cannabis.

 

AuntieBS