WebMD describes the effects of marijuana in a ludicrous article
A well known medical information platform, WebMD, recently lashed out in a poorly thought out an article regarding the effects of marijuana and its use in adults.
What they published can be considered, at the very least, conservative and backward thinking.
If you ever felt a bit ill and thought that it might be a good idea to check out what the Internet has to say about your illness and symptoms, you’ve probably ran across WebMD.
This platform has been online since 2005 and, even though they offer a plethora of useful information, they are also the champions of telling people how their symptoms might be a part of a more serious illness.
It is, simply put, the biggest enemy of every hypochondriac out there.
If you were to type symptoms such as a slight headache and dizziness, you might find out you have brain cancer or something along those lines.
Seriously, this website has become a meme over the course of the past few years due to its features.
Don’t believe me? Just Google “WebMD meme”.
When you go on WebMD to self diagnose yourself and now you have to tell your Family you got 6 months to live pic.twitter.com/1Y2YTYCl82
— 暁 (@xvontex) January 3, 2017
As if that wasn’t enough, they decided that it would be awesome to tell the world what they think using marijuana feels like.
Here’s the problem with WebMD and cannabis
The article I’m talking about is this one, so I suggest you give it a look before we continue: WebMD – How Does Marijuana Affect You?
OK, so aside from the sheer fact that the article as a piece of content is not even worth reading, and that it is passing false information (aka FAKE NEWS) to the public, there is a much bigger underlying problem with it.
In fact, there are several huge problems when a popular platform such as WebMD posts disturbing pieces of content such as this one.
Here is my problem:
It was written by people that probably neither smoked weed once in their lives, nor read a newer medical study on the effects of cannabis on healthy adults.
The article poorly describes effects of smoking pot as it goes into little to no depths on the reasoning behind those effects.
Not a single outgoing link towards an external source that is supporting their claims has been provided in the article, and the only links you can click on are their own articles on anxiety, depression, and other similar disorders.
There is a list of sources provided, but to read them you would have to find them on your own, and then subsequently pay the publisher to read them.
Many more things can be said about it but one thing is certain — it is not there to inform readers on the objective effects of cannabis.
So, either someone at WebMD is pushing a hard anti-cannabis agenda, or this is a new and yet unseen tactic in educating the public.
Let’s make WebMD a meme again
If you ever used cannabis in your life, you will notice that there are so many appalling things said in that article that it is impossible to read it till the end.
They even started out by saying that most people smoke “the plant’s dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds.”.
Let me just stop here for a second. Have you ever heard someone saying:
-Are you gonna smoke those stems and seeds bro?
-Let me take those, I’ll roll one up from seeds and stems.
Here are a few more outrageous things that WebMD claims cannabis does to us:
Smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours
Can you imagine to have a heart rate of around 130-180 for longer than a minute or two?
Sprinters take up to a few minutes to cool down, so can you imagine having a sprinters heart rate while high?
They followed this up with:
That’s why some people have a heart attack right after they use marijuana.
Let us be clear on this, there is no way weed is causing heart attacks in normal, healthy adults.
People that have heart problems they are not aware of can trigger internal problems by smoking marijuana, but that’s not a rule, that’s an exception, and such cases are extremely rare.
Marijuana can also cause more health problems if you have a condition like liver disease, low blood pressure, or diabetes.
I am certain that at this point they were just trying to reach a certain word count. There’s simply no way a reputable source would say something like this out of the blue.
Alcohol and other drugs will cause problems with people that have liver disease, because that is what all drugs do.
Research shows a link between marijuana use and mental health problems like depression, anxiety…
How about the huge 2006 research that proved how marijuana decreases depression? One of the biggest of its kind, this study was done with the help of 4,400 users. The researchers concluded that marijuana users have a much lower risk of depression than those who don’t consume cannabis.
Lastly, at the end of the article, the guys from WebMD have indeed named their sources.
Notice that many of the sources are severely outdated and some are even over 20 years old.
Let me be very clear on this: I am not hating on WebMD or anything of that sort.
I just hate being misinformed and so bluntly lied to when it comes to something I am passionate about and I know a lot about.
The articles named as sources might even be credible to some extent, but the wording used in the article is so misleading and blunt that there is really no way around it.
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