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Marijuana in Space – NASA Discovers THC on Meteorite Fragment (Hoax)

An internet hoax created by satirical website NotAllowedTo.com claims that Astrophysicists from the University of Hawaii have discovered Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a meteorite found in the Nevada desert in 2010. The satire article titled “Marijuana in Space – NASA Discovers THC on Meteorite Fragment” claims that “researchers who analyzed meteorite fragments in search of micro-bacterial data found the presence of Tetrahydrocannabinol.”

The satire article further states that “Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) were also found in a meteorite fragment in 2009 by a research team from the University of Mexico but the findings were dismissed at the time because of the “controversial nature of the discovery”.”

This is not true. Scientists have never found traces of marijuana on any meteorite. The initial “Marijuana in Space – NASA Discovers THC on Meteorite Fragment” article is published by satirical web publication NotAllowedTo.com. Not Allowed To is a satire web publication whose purpose is to entertain by using shocking headlines. This insert can be found on their about page:

“NotAllowedTo.com is intended for entertainment purposes only. Our website and social media content uses the most notorious urban and satirical entertainment news with the most shocking headlines and articles.”

While this hoax is completely nonsense the website is not malicious like other websites who produce fake news articles. However, sharing fake news does not do anyone any good.

The purpose of this satire web publication and fake news article about marijuana being found on a meteorite is designed to gather website traffic off of false information. It uses a provocative title in order to cause anxiety, shock, or intrigue unsuspecting online visitors to visit the website. More traffic for the website means that more people are likely to click on Cost-Per-Click advertisements embedded into the satire website. More traffic will also raise the impressions for a given webpage and help the website generate a higher volume of revenue off of the unsuspecting reader. It’s a cruel way to make a quick buck!

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Marijuana in Space – NASA Discovers THC on Meteorite Fragment
Astrophysicists from the University of Hawaii have discovered Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a meteorite found in the Nevada desert in 2010.
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