Every day, a massive amount of original reporting is posted online that's well researched and well-written. And some websites follow a business model that values quantity of content more highly than editorial quality. At such sites, staffers race against their competition (and their bosses) to scour the web and re-post articles as quickly as possible.
In this latter environment, stories-that-defy-belief can take on a life of their own. And as we've seen for the past century, these boogeyman stories often include cannabis as the culprit. This propaganda has the potential to harm real patients by curtailing access to much needed medicines.
Such is, we believe, the case of the 11 Indiana teens who were hospitalized last night after eating gummy bears that were reportedly laced with a foreign substance. Early reports by FoxNews Health and others (reposting as fast as their fingers could fly) said the substance was THC.
Soon another Fox affiliate blared the headline:
"Police: 11 Fishers teens hospitalized after eating THC-laced gummy bears"
This article reported that after a 19 year old male told sheriff deputies he became ill after ingesting drugs, "Several more sheriff’s deputies arrived and found 10 other teens that all said they were suffering from a rapid heart rate, pain in their legs, blurred vision, and hallucinations. According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy determined that they each ate one half of a gummy bear that supposedly contained THC.... Two of the patients were tested and were found to have high levels of THC in their system."
Hold on a sec... half a gummy bear caused hallucinations? Rapid heart rate? Pain in the legs? And only two (of 11) were found to have THC in their systems?
Are their any grown-ups in the room? If so, please stand up and ask:
The last question is the kicker. Let's just say for a second that the gummies are the culprits. It's far more likely that another drug was involved. Here are a few possibilities:
By the way the side effects of fentanyl include:
Altered heart rate
The American Cannabis Report will remain vigilant in calling out anti-cannabis propaganda, which is designed to confuse Americans about this potentially powerful medicine which shows such promise against such scourges as cancer, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, post traumatic stress, childhood epilepsy, and a multitude of other deadly and debilitating conditions.
This amoral and deadly propaganda must end!