This is not a shot at anybody and I don't feel anyone has taken a shot at me. Worst case scenario is a little something is lost in type written thoughts in lieu of being able speak directly with others.
We are all of us right in not assumptively trusting any research regardless of the source. In one of his books (I forget which one, it's been a while since I read it. I think it was "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out".), Richard Feynman talks about why would should always conduct our our experiments or do conduct our own research whenever feasible. This was in response to experiencing both a religious instructor and a physics professor telling him to accept what they were saying on faith.
My personal preference in leaning towards a particular source starts with them allowing access to the actual data and papers. The reputable (or what I consider reputable) sources I've found do indeed make the information available for review. Next I look to see if the conductors/researchers are well educated (have degrees, preferably PhDs) and is the research in the field of their education. Then I review to see how closely they followed correct scientific methods. If one does not have a proper methodology, in a field they know something about, and is unwilling to provide true back-up of claims, then I am skeptical of it. I personally think info-graphics found on the internet are among the worst sources.
I'll attempt an analogy of tobacco research vs weed research: If the amounts of research were sand, the amount of tobacco sand would be the Sahara desert and the weed sand would be enough to fill a child's plastic bucket at the beach.
All of the positive claims about weed could someday be proved true but it is incorrect to claim they are true based on the amount of evidence we have at this time. Much, much more research is necessary.
I'll end with this eloquent little quote:
"We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty."
- Richard Feynman
I can’t believe they’re outlawing a plant, man! A plant! It’s all natural, man!Australian Tax Office officials and police officers uncover an illegal tobacco crop, along with $15,000 in cash and a shotgun and ammunition, during a property search just south of the ACT border.www.abc.net.au