Synthetic Cannabis Study Leads to Misleading Coverage About the Risks of Weed

In 2016, the science blog IFLscience.com released an article that led with a shocking headline about cannabis. According to NASA, read the headline, cannabis contains “alien DNA” from another solar system. The headline immediately caught the world’s attention, attracting nearly 200,000 shares, and re-posts on other websites around the internet. The only problem was, the claim wasn’t true: the headline was fake—intentionally fake.

Similar to what NPR had done years prior for April…

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