The Effects Of Testing On Human Trials On The University Of Buffalo 's Research

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Articles often manipulate scientific inquiries to appeal to their audiences. Due to these exploitations in scientific research papers, media sites interpret data incorrectly, and distort the results of scientific research. Although many media sites, give faulty information, The Huffington Post does a fair job at interpreting the University of Buffalo’s Research Institutes work on endocannabinoids and their effect on cognitive behavior. Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions found that “endocannabinoids, chemical compounds in the brain that activate the same receptors as THC, an active compound in marijuana, may be helpful in treating depression that results from chronic stress”. Comparing…show more content…
The body naturally produces these compounds, which are similar to the chemicals in cannabis. Reduction of endocannabinoid production is one reason why chronic stress is a major risk factor in the development of depression. The research team at the university administered marijuana cannabinoids to the rats, finding it to be an effective way to restore endocannabinoid levels in their brains, alleviating some symptoms of depression. In addition, the university that found synthetic cannabinoids activated the part of the brain associated with traumatic memories in rats, preventing the behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD. The article notes that depression is such a complex mental disorder as well as alleviating it with cannabis. Because of the lack of testing on the relationship between cannabis and depression, there is no 100% statement claiming that marijuana can help depression in human trials, although there are promising lab tests on rats. The article clearly conveyed the testing, but was written according to an audience able to read at a fifth-grade level, this is clearly visible because of the vocabulary as well as the sentence structure within the article. This is due to the fact that many Americans do not have the potential to read academic papers or research papers because lack of any higher education past a high school diploma. Huffington post coherently

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