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  1. Mr. Mojo Risin
    ‘Reefer Mad’ Mainstream Media Does It Again

    For anyone who missed the worldwide corporate media’s hysterical anti-pot headlines last week, here’s a sampling:

    Cannabis more damaging to adolescent brains than previously known
    via Emax Health
    “New research shows that teens who consume cannabis daily can suffer anxiety and depression. Smoking marijuana can have long-term irreversible effects on adolescent brains, and is more harmful to teens than previously known.”

    Teen marijuana use affects brain permanently: study
    via CBC News
    “The findings suggest daily marijuana use by teens can cause depression and anxiety, and have an irreversible effect on the brain.”

    Pot damage on teens worse than thought
    via UPI wire services
    “Daily consumption of marijuana in teens can cause depression and anxiety, and have irreversible long-term effect on the brain, Canadian researchers say.”

    Cannabis brain damage worse in teens than thought: study
    via The Canadian Press
    “The effects of daily cannabis use on teenage brains is worse than originally thought, and the long-term effects appear to be irreversible, new research from McGill University suggests.”

    Sounds scary, huh? It’s meant to. Only there’s three serious problems with the mainstream media’s alarmist coverage.

    1) No adolescents — or for that matter, any human beings whatsoever — actually participated in the study.

    2) No actual cannabis was consumed in the study.

    3) No permanent brain damage was reported in the study.

    Don’t believe me? Well then, check out the actual source of the headlines yourself.

    Chronic exposure to cannabinoids during adolescence but not during adulthood impairs emotional behaviour and monoaminergic neurotransmission
    via PubMed

    “We tested this hypothesis by administering the CB(1) receptor agonist WIN55,212-2, once daily for 20 days to adolescent and adult rats. … Chronic adolescent exposure but not adult exposure to low (0.2 mg/kg) and high (1.0 mg/kg) doses led to depression-like behaviour in the forced swim and sucrose preference test, while the high dose also induced anxiety-like consequences in the novelty-suppressed feeding test. … These (findings) suggest that long-term exposure to cannabinoids during adolescence induces anxiety-like and depression-like behaviours in adulthood and that this may be instigated by serotonergic hypoactivity and noradrenergic hyperactivity.”

    To summarize: Investigators administered daily doses of a highly potent synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN,55,212-2 to both adolescent rats and adult rats for 20 days. Days following their exposure, researchers documented altered serotonin production in younger rats. (Why investigators presumed that the change in serotonin production would be permanent I have no idea. After the initial 20-day waiting period, researchers do not appear to have tested the rats’ serotonin levels ever again.) Researchers also documented supposed depression-like and anxiety-like behavior in certain rats, based on various elaborate animal models and preference tests.

    Yet somehow based on this speculative preclinical evidence, the mainstream media — in unison — proclaimed:

    Reefer badness
    via San Diego Tribune

    “A study of Canadian teenagers … found that smoking the illicit drug is harder on young brains than originally thought. Writing in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, researchers at McGill University in Montreal said daily consumption of cannabis in teens can cause significant depression and anxiety and have an irreversible long-term effect on the brain.”

    In truth, the purported ’study’ never said anything of the sort!

    Paul Armentano
    NORML Deputy Director
    December 29th, 2009
    http://blog.norml.org/2009/12/29/reefer-mad-mainstream-media-does-it-again/

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  1. chillinwill
    Thanks for posting this Mr. Mojo Risin.

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  2. dyingtomorrow
    Funny, in the thread regarding the original news article, members here pointed most of that out with their own intuition.

    Sadly most anti-drug studies are either ridiculously unscientific, or their extremely specific results with zero pertinence to the real world are blown out of proportion (to put it lightly) and used to draw the most absurd political conclusions.

    This reminds me of another story about a study that showed street heroin was commonly being cut with "glass." It was actually a microscopic, utterly insignificant amount quartz which is found everywhere and on practically everything, which they call "glass" for their devious purposes.

    Look hard enough into 99% of "studies" used to prove some anti-drug agenda, and you will find them comically unscientific - just blatantly preposterous in most cases.
  3. Synchronium
    Same with papers proving successful results. Pot advocates will jump on any bit of preliminary lab data and then claim that legalising weed will solve all the medical problems and that there's no bigger political issue.

    People should try to pick holes in ALL studies done on pot, not just the negative ones. That's how science works, bitchz!
  4. dyingtomorrow
    Yeah I noticed that too. I don't really care about medical marijuana personally, I want heroin clinics. I have no idea how people can say marijuana does shit for pain, especially compared to morphine, but I figure it is just the fact that when people can get their DOC without the government trying to destroy their lives they can be generally happier and more productive, and have less "pain" - which is something I can respect, but the government obviously cannot. So if they need to use circuitous means to achieve their end, that's fine.

    A major difference in what you are talking about though, is the power and leverage the group you are describing has, compared to the anti-drug executive arms of the federal and state governments. The government has the power, they don't respect science, or individual rights, and they use propaganda. If medical marijuana advocates are forced to fight fire with fire, I can't exactly hold it against them. The government started this twisted, self destructive situation with the Harrison Act, reversing the norm of tens of thousands of years of human living which is probably biologically ingrained in us to some extent at this point. Such a perversion should be fought using any means necessary, even hypocrisy.
  5. Mr. Mojo Risin
    Well said. While i see your point regarding pot and pain (nothing trumps opiates), I think for mild to moderate pain that plagues you all day everyday I think that pot is partially just an easier alternative. I think that a lot of people have an easier time smoking some pot than being hooked on morphine. Its probably cheaper too, I presume anyways even though if you are going through large amounts, maybe not. But I can definitely see a viewpoint where people don't particularly want to have to deal with famously strong withdrawal symptoms if they decide they don't need it.
  6. Napoleon
    SWIM thinks these studies are absurd!
    "try to give rats beer and see what happens"
    Ridiculous!
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