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While marijuana use amongst youth remains stable, youth admission to substance abuse treatment facilities has increased.

Source: Marijuana use amongst youth stable, but substance abuse admissions up — ScienceDaily

Unscrupulous (and possibly some misguided but well-intended) substance abuse clinics may be responsible.  Said clinics approach school boards and offer very low-cost “help” for “marijuana-addicted” students.  Students apprehended with marijuana are given a choice:  Jail or re-hab, with the latter not being on their permanent records.  Guess what 99% of the students would choose?

So, from a few to many go through the “addiction program”.  The clinics then cite, MARIJUANA ADDICTED YOUTHS UP 800% SINCE LEGALIZATION.  Naive people think, “Oh my God, we have a crisis”, and put more resources into the program, more restrictions, etc, etc, and all the while there is– and never was– any “addiction” problem.  I suspect the same thing with this headline.  The devil is in the details.

AuntieBS

A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.

Source: Muted stress response linked to long-term cannabis use — ScienceDaily

 

The methodology seems reasonable and the conclusions justified.  Good study.  Cannabis may help users to cope with stress, which is documented to affect a modern society.

AuntieBS

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

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.

AuntieBS

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?

AuntieBS

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.

AuntieBS

A new study has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries.

Source: Legal cannabis laws impact teen use — ScienceDaily

 

I was going to denounce this as BS but it’s not– the correlation is there and the legality is likely causal.  BUT, it does NOT mean that the kids are getting their cannabis from dispensaries, directly, but through irresponsible adults.  It would be akin to making much fuss about liquor stores “impacting teen use”.  Or “Repeal of Prohibition impacts teen use of alcohol”.  So, that’s sort of a “DUH” moment, hardly worth a “study”

Like most problems are not caused by [drugs, guns, trucks, alcohol, opiates,…] but by irresponsible humans.  So, ANY cannabis availability, legal or illegal, will affect teen use, as long as irresponsible humans supply it to them.

AuntieBS