THC from Outer Space? Um, No.

There continues to be no finish to false Internet rumors concerning a favorite herb. The many recent, now being widely circulated on Facebook, claims that NASA-affiliated scientists during a University of Hawaii detected “trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a meteorite found in a Nevada dried in 2010.”

One of a scientists (conveniently anonymous) is quoted: “These commentary will have a surpassing impact on a scholarship of astrobiology as a whole. If psychoactive elements are found outward of this planet’s atmosphere, what does it contend about a rest of a universe? If these chemical substances, that change mind functions and outcome in alterations in perception, mood, or alertness in mammals as good as humans, find their start in outdoor space, what purpose afterwards has cometary impacts played on a tellurian species? Or on life on a world as whole? This find eventually leaves us with some-more questions than answers. It also gives a whole new definition to a term getting high.”

D’oh!

One of a sites using this story is World News Daily Report, that also boasts such tip headlines as “Russia: Man grows gills after carrying fish genes combined to his DNA,” “Florida: 16 Girls Found Pregnant After Teenager Ejaculates in Pool” and “Punxsutawney Phil predicts ‘crushing victory’ for Jeb Bush.” Not accurately what we competence call a norm for veracity. 

Other sites using a story are seemingly more legitimate, like The Health Disorder, that looks—on a regular view—like a legit health news site. Look a small closer, and we will find some blatant corner-cutting—like a Jan. 31 story “Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In All 50 States Thanks To Congress.” No, it isn’t. Congress ratified nothing. It merely voted in this year’s check bill to cut off a supports for sovereign enforcement against medical pot in states that have ratified it.

Fortunately, a watchdog site on Internet scams, Phishlist, comes to a rescue, tracing a meteorite story behind to a pseudo-news site called NotAllowedTo.com.  

“The purpose of this joke web announcement and feign news essay about pot being found on a meteorite is designed to accumulate website trade off of fake information,” Phishlist explained. “It uses a provocative pretension in sequence to means anxiety, shock, or amour trusting online visitors to revisit a website. More trade for a website means that some-more people are expected to click on Cost-Per-Click advertisements embedded into a joke website. More trade will also lift a impressions for a given webpage and assistance a website beget a aloft volume of income off of a trusting reader. It’s a vicious approach to make a discerning buck!”

Actually, they are being too generous.

NotAllowedTo.com is improved termed a hoax site than a “satire” site, that would rouse it to a turn of The Onion. There isn’t any domestic spoofing going on here—just a asocial bid to pretence a gullible. World News Daily Report was substantially in on a “joke.” The Health Disorder might have indeed been played for rubes.

In any event, consider twice before we share extraordinary claims on Facebook—and don’t trust a hype.

OK?

(Photo Courtesy of The Stoner’s Cookbook)