Conservative media groups and gossip rags often attempt to gouge out the eyes of their readers by spreading fear-based propaganda on the perils of marijuana -- making ludicrous claims that the herb orphans children and can trigger an addiction that leads to bedlam and homelessness.

In fact, an article published earlier this week in the UK-based Mail Online was strategically angled to manifest concern in the average reader by claiming Dutch researchers had discovered evidence suggesting high-potency marijuana, packed with increased levels of THC, was more likely to cause addiction than the low-grade pot our parents used to smoke.

Contrary to the article’s headline, “Does Smoking Potent Marijuana Make You More Likely to Be Addicted? Yes - But You Might Inhale Less Harmful Smoke,” not once did any of the researchers associated with the study make claims that consuming high-potency marijuana leads to increased rates of addiction -- or addiction at all, for that matter.

The diminutive study, which was conducted by the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, the University of Amsterdam and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, found that individuals using cannabis containing a higher percentage of THC consumed less, but still managed to get more stoned.

“People who smoke high-potency cannabis inhale more of the drug’s active ingredient, THC,” the report claims. Despite this, researchers uncovered nothing that suggests weed with high levels of THC is associated with an increased rate of addiction.

It is important to consider the facts. Recent statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse find that marijuana addiction is a rarity. In fact, less than nine percent of those who use cannabis are at risk for addiction. Compare that to the 15 percent who enjoy a drink were destined to become alcoholics and the 32 percent using tobacco who become hooked for life.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.