Posts Tagged ‘cannabis’

In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite.

Source: Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia: Results suggest serotonin loss may be a key player in cognitive decline, not just a side-effect of Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily

 

A lay person, or a person intending to mislead, would jump to the conclusion that low serotonin levels cause dementia.  We constantly see that when article such as “Cannabis users have lower IQs” and “Teens who use cannabis less likely to succeed in life”, and other such nonsense.

I am happy to present this good quality example from Johns Hopkins by the simple phrase: “Previous studies from Johns Hopkins and other centers have shown that people with Alzheimer’s disease and severe cognitive decline have severe loss of serotonin neurons, but the studies did not show whether those reductions were a cause or effect of the disease. Results of the new study of people with very early signs of memory decline, the researchers say, suggest that lower serotonin transporters may be drivers of the disease rather than a byproduct.”

True, they may believe that the reductions are causal, based on other studies, but they do NOT jump to conclusions like so many biased cannabis reports that strike sour notes with me.   I wish more researchers were wiser and more forthcoming when finding correlations, when causality has not been established, instead of foisting propaganda and lies.

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Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to new research.

Source: Marijuana associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertension — ScienceDaily

No BS that I can detect!  This looks like a reasonable study that sought to exclude confounders, unlike so many poor-quality studies.  Apparently, the longer you use cannabis, the greater the chance for hypertension.

If anyone sees something I might have missed, please add a comment about it.

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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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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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College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Source: Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I wonder how much Big Pharma paid for that brilliant revelation.  Let’s see, something is illegal– do I report that I use it or just keep quiet about it.  Or maybe I follow the laws and don’t use it.  Then, it is legalized, so I feel freer to report that I use it and certainly might indulge in it.  Any surprises?  Could anyone have not predicted that outcome?  The same could have been predicted about alcohol after Prohibition was lifted, or likely most ANY product that is suddenly found on store shelves.

What is not yet said is how problematic behavior is affected.  How many car accidents?  OD’s from alcohol or opiates?  Assaults?  Burglaries?  Shootings?  What is the overall effect on society from the legalization?

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Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.

Source: Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked: One in 5 adolescents at risk of tobacco dependency, harmful alcohol consumption and illicit drug use — ScienceDaily

It is amazing that this garbage gets published.  It would be akin to “Blind Kids less likely to see as adults”.  What is the CAUSALITY?  This paper would lead naive readers to think that teen cannabis use causes illicit drug use in adults.  But, how about teens who hang with the wrong crowds, who have lack of parental involvement, who may be flunking classes, who may have lower IQs, who may be struggling in school, who may disregard laws and prudence and use illicit cannabis and other drugs as teens as well as other illicit drugs later in life?

Time and time again, follow-up studies disprove the implications when CAUSALITY is considered.  More often than not, socio-economic conditions and IQ’s are the underlying causal factors which drive various conditions mistakenly attributed to cannabis.

AuntieBS

Low levels tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, does reduce stress, but in a highly dose-dependent manner, new research confirms.

Source: Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite — ScienceDaily

 

It should also be pointed out that experience with cannabis plays a role in anxiety reduction.  An inexperienced user may experience paranoia and increased anxiety at a much lower dose than an experienced user.

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