NFL Denies its Players the use of Medical Marijuana

It feels as if this issue is resurfacing more and more these days. The NFL has once again denied a player with chronic pain of the purest pain medication out there, medical marijuana. Instead, the professional football league would rather expose players to the harm and possible addiction that can come with using opioids for this purpose. The ruling against players using medical marijuana comes after opioids were the cause of about 64,000 deaths in 2016.

The latest player to apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is running back Mike James. Mike James has put together a decent NFL career. As with many professional football players, Mike suffered an ankle injury that has left him with chronic pain. In order to be an effective player, he needs to manage this pain. He wants to do so in a way that he believes will not destroy his body in the process.

The 27-year-old running back told NJ.com “I am hopeful that I’ll be able to keep playing football.” James went on to say that he is aware what he’s doing may make some people uncomfortable and it is going to come off as an anti-establishment move, but he thinks it will benefit other players as well as himself in the future.

Mike James’ request for a TUE was denied by the NFL.

James is not alone in the fight to allow NFL players to use medical marijuana as a pain management medication. Other players, like veteran linebacker Derrick Morgan, have requested that the NFL takes a deeper look into the benefits of medical marijuana use.

Technically, if a player wants to smoke marijuana during the season as a way to manage their pain, they can get away with it. The NFL has a preseason testing period that ranges from late April until early August. Mike Florio from NBC Sports supplied some insight on this, he stated: “if they stop smoking in approximately the middle of March and refrain until their once-per-year test, they can smoke with impunity throughout most of training camp, most of the preseason, and all of the regular season and postseason.” In other words, as long as a player isn’t careless, they should be able to pass the drug test and continue on getting high as they wish.

Just like most major corporations, the NFL isn’t willing to go against the federal government on this one. As long as the feds say that using weed is illegal, major corporations are likely to say the same.

Could Legal Weed Cause Trouble at the US-Canada Border

As Canadian officials gear up for the soon to be legal recreational use of marijuana, there are questions that have been left unanswered. Candian officials recently met with U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss Canada’s plans. Unfortunately, the Canadian officials returned home unhappy with the outcome of the meeting.

In a press release, the Canadian senator’s were not satisfied with the meeting. According to an interview with VICE News, one of the senators stated that the meeting lasted 45 minutes. They discussed the pot bill with Jeff Sessions and the higher ups of Homeland Security. Sessions and Homeland Security warned the Canadian officials that there could be an increase of security at the border if this bill passes. Sessions also stated that the increased security would lead to more screenings than before. A result of these screenings can cause a potentially extended wait time to enter the U.S.

The Fear of Trafficking

Since taking office, Sessions has tried to crack down on the illegal trafficking of legal marijuana. He has advised government officials to look into marijuana practices, even if the sale for recreational use is legal in that state.

Since the fear of trafficking has been noted within the country, it is an obvious concern for the Candian-American boarders. This a concern of both parties and it was discussed during the meeting. The Canadian Senators plan on taking the information they gained during the meeting and using it to make recommendations on how the new bill should be constructed.

Will This be an Issue for Canadians Entering America?

Well, the answer to the question above depends on who you ask. A conclusion from the last committee hearing was the precautionary tale that Canadians can be turned down at the border and possibly barred from entry into the U.S for life if they admit to ever using marijuana.

According to Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, said that Canadians should not worry about the difficulties legal marijuana may cause for Candian citizens crossing into the U.S. Goodale also stated that there isn’t a need for Americans to tighten the security as the rules of the border have not changed.

Pot Stocks: 2018

In the past, we highlighted the top performing cannabis stocks of 2017. Some of which have seen continued success through the first few months of 2018. However, their prices have leveled off with their production.

The key to making money in the stock world is finding value. Many times, this comes from a low priced stock that performs well over a period of time. The Motley Fool picked two stocks that are trending upward; quickly. Their potential for growth in 2018 is skyrocketing with every move the companies make.

Two Pot Stocks Looking at a Big 2018

Namaste Technologies

Namaste Technology is a budding marijuana hardware company based in Toronto, Canada. Marijuana hardware includes vaporizers and other instruments that are used to consume the herb. The company’s hardware is currently featured on over 30 e-commerce sites across 20 countries.

Namaste Technologies is broadening their horizons as they attempt to take advantage of the growing number of countries that are legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use. For Namaste, the larger the number of legal users, the larger the prospective market is.

One way that Namaste is expanding is by acquiring weaker companies and forming partnerships with stronger companies. One of the companies Namaste Technologies acquired was CannaMart in April 2017. CannaMart is a cannabis distribution company. Namaste Technologies also plans on launching a medical dispensary of their own called Namaste MD in 2018. Further, Namaste Technologies came to an agreement with Aurora Cannabis for the exclusive rights to sell Namaste Vaporizers.

Emerald Health Technologies

If you follow our blog, you know that we highlighted Emerald Health Technologies in our 2017 round up. After a strong year, Emerald Health is poised for an even bigger 2018. The company is planning to take advantage of the expected legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada.

After a deal with Village Farms International in 2017, Emerald Health now has the potential growing capacity of 5.8 million square feet across Canada. This gives Emerald Health the largest growing capacity of any single company in Canada.

More recently, Emerald Health Technologies has come to terms on a joint venture with DMG Blockchain Solutions. DMG Blockchain Solutions also goes by CannaChain Technologies. The firm is hoping to ease the process managing supply chains as well as managing taxes on all levels of government.  

When you invest in a company, you are investing in the long term. While we can not guarantee the success of these companies, we can highlight what they are doing well. If you decide to invest, we wish you the best of luck. At the end of the day, we hope our advice helps you make smart and thought out financial decisions.

The Difference Between A Joint And A Blunt

If you have ever smoked marijuana before, you are probably aware of what a joint is. It is simply marijuana contained within normal rolling paper, the same type that you would use if you roll your own cigarettes. The only difference is that instead of putting tobacco, you are putting in marijuana, and you smoke both of them in the same way. Where some people get confused is when they hear people talking about a blunt, and they are not sure what the difference is. Let’s discuss the differences between joints and blunts, and help you decide which one might be the better choice for you. It’s not like getting the two mixed up can lead to death, but it’s always good to know

What Is A Joint?

A joint is the name given to a marijuana cigarette, thought to have first been used back in the 1930s. It was simply a way of referencing the difference between a cigarette with tobacco and one that contained marijuana. People tried to use different names such as a spliff, but the term joint is the one that has lasted. These are handrolled cigarettes, using marijuana instead of tobacco, and can come in many different sizes.

What Is A Blunt?

A blunt is very similar to a joint. It is also a rolled up cigarette, one that contains marijuana. The difference is in the size of this rolled up cigarette which does not have any tobacco inside. However, the paper that is used is not simply paper, but is actually pressed tobacco leaves. Very similar to the wrapper of a cigar, it is sometimes made with very expensive tobacco leaves that can produce a very unique flavor. When used together, not only will the taste be different when you inhale, but it’s also going to produce a much different effect. Tobacco can actually cause your brain to work at a higher rate, whereas marijuana tends to slow down cognitive processes. This, combined with the THC, can create a very unique experience.

Is This A Better Way To Experience Marijuana?

Many of the people that smoke marijuana also enjoy cigarettes. They may also smoke cigars. If you are the type of person that tends to smoke both marijuana and tobacco products during the same session, then a blunt will probably re-create that experience all at once. If you have never smoked tobacco before, then you may not like the overall effect, especially if you prefer the way that marijuana makes you feel. You may even find yourself experiencing a state that is too calm or relaxed, depending upon how the cannabinoids and the components of tobacco that can actually produce dopamine. Either way, you have a choice and you may want to try a blunt to see how it affects you. If you already smoke both, then it simply a matter of seeing if you prefer using one at a time, or both simultaneously.

If you have never used a blunt before, it could be a very unique experience. You may actually prefer the combination of tobacco and marijuana at the same time. It may take a little bit of practice to get used to rolling your marijuana with tobacco paper, but once you learn how, this may become the primary way that you get nicotine and THC into your system on a regular basis.

Here is a video detailing the difference between joints and blunts:

Is Marijuana A Gateway Drug?

Marijuana has become a hot topic of contention in recent years as authorities look to gain control over it.

Some believe it is a major problem and others think other drugs are wreaking greater havoc on the streets. This is why it has become important to understand marijuana’s role in the community and whether it is a gateway drug as some call it.

So, is it a gateway drug or is that a myth that has been passed around in recent years? This article will take a deeper look into the question.

What Is A Gateway Drug?

Before looking at marijuana, a good starting point is understanding what the term “gateway drug” means.

In essence, a gateway drug is the starting drug people take to enter this world of narcotics. It is a drug that might not be addictive but is one that gets you hooked to the habit of taking drugs. This alone can lead you towards stronger drugs that will be addicting.

We’re an intellectual property law firm and we think we’re well-informed on this topic. Let’s take a look at marijuana to see if it fits the bill of being a gateway drug among the masses.

Marijuana Isn’t Addictive

Since gateway drugs aren’t supposed to be addictive, marijuana does fit the bill.

The drug itself isn’t addictive, and a person can quit whenever they want. Of course, this doesn’t mean the habit doesn’t settle itself into a person’s life where it becomes harder to get past the idea of smoking. However, this is still a drug that is more of a gateway option in comparison to what else is out there for people to take.

A lot of work has gone into the subject by researchers who are trying to understand what marijuana does. Here is more on that part of the subject.

Studies on Marijuana

The main thing to back this notion is the amount of reporting that has gone into the subject.

Gateway drugs are supposed to make a person vulnerable to exposing themselves to these drugs. Marijuana does fit the bill according to research since it makes the person vulnerable and they start to seek out stronger drugs to cash in on their dopamine centers.

The brain wants those rewards, and it does veer towards stronger options to get it. It is a primer of sorts where the brain is prepared to face such encounters with other drugs on the market.

Social Environment A Bigger Influence

However, one of the things that goes against this notion is the idea of social environments being a greater problem.

Studies reveal while people are primed with marijuana, they still don’t end up going towards harder drugs. So, the risk goes up, but that doesn’t mean they follow through on it. However, social environments do play a role and can act as a gateway setting for drug abusers.

So, there are two sides to the story, and in most cases, marijuana is a gateway drug, but only when united with other realities such as the social environment one is in.

If you would like to hear more from the side who thinks marijuana isn’t a gateway drug, please watch the video embedded below:

What Is CBD? Is It the Same as Marijuana?

The laws governing marijuana have begun to relax in the past twenty years, with many states having legalized it for recreational use and even more for medical use. While these state laws have yet to impact the federal stance on pot, it will happen. As a result of this growing legalization, more is known about the plant at a scientific level than ever before recorded in history.

This has led to the development and sale of various products, including different types of weed and ways to ingest it. Most people who have an interest in the marijuana industry have likely heard of CBD though they might not know what it is. If you fall into this group, you can start learning today and make better choices as a result.

The plant itself has multiple cannabinoids, the most well-known being THC. This is the component that gives people the “high” feeling associated with smoking pot. During the study for medical uses of marijuana, it was discovered that this benefit could aid those with excessive mental and emotional disorders to restore a greater sense of calm.

However, scientists also discovered a wide range of other cannabinoids and have been testing to see how they can be of benefit to patients. The most research thus far has gone into CBD studies. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. No matter how much you ingest of it alone, you will never get stoned. Likewise, you will not fail a urine analysis if you have CBD in your system.

In order for the federal government to regulate pot, they had to give a clear difference between possession of the hemp plant used for making stuff and a plant designed to get you high. The factor they used was THC. Although it is still very difficult to legally grow hemp in the country, legislation and enforcement is lightening up.

However, any product containing THC is still considered illegal by the federal government. Substances free of THC but containing CBD are legal to consume across the country. There are many benefits associated with CBD use, and countless patients have been able to improve their quality of life thanks to it.

If you suffer from pain and other medical symptoms, you don’t have to relocate to the west coast or one of the other legalized states in order to enjoy the benefits of CBD. There are some great online retailers who sell high-quality products at reasonable prices. Look for one that has good reviews and that provides excellent product descriptions. Ones from most legalized states are subject to third party testing to ensure that the quality matches what is stated on the package.

While there are other cannabinoids in the plant, they have not undergone the same rigorous testing as of yet. But, you can depend on a high quality CBD distributor to provide excellent choices for your medical needs. The more people who learn about it, the better for everyone!

What Is A Marijuana Fusion

When someone is preparing to go for bone or spinal surgery the doctor may tell the patient that they will need to quit smoking because it inhibits fusion which is necessary after the surgery. Bone Fusion is a surgery that is performed on the spine and in other areas, and the process is similar to welding two bones together. After the surgery, the bones will need to fuse together and smoking can inhibit that.

The question that many people have is if tobacco is a problem, then is marijuana okay to smoke. The opinion will differ from person to person, and website to website. There are many people that say that it is the nicotine that inhibits proper fusion and others say it’s the carbon monoxide. The facts support that both of these can cause an issue. The confusing reality is that it causes a problem in a percentage of people but not in everyone. So one person could continue to smoke and they would not have any issues with fusion after the surgery.

Another person who continued smoking would have problems. This can be serious and it could cause the individual to have to repeat the surgery. Repeating such a surgery is definitely something that no one is going to want to do. So it then brings back the question as to whether it’s just tobacco that is a problem or if any smoking is an issue.

Because of the fact that both nicotine and carbon monoxide can cause issues, it means any type of smoking, including marijuana, can cause problems with fusion. Again, you might have a friend that had the surgery who continued to smoke and didn’t have a problem whether it be tobacco or marijuana. But that doesn’t mean that if you smoke either of those products that it won’t cause a problem for you.

How Do You Know If It’ll Be A Problem For You?

The fact is, that there is no definitive way to know what kind of effect it will have on you. It may have a minimal effect or none at all. On the other hand, it might have a significant effect and if your bones fail to fuse properly because you were smoking marijuana or tobacco, then it will mean that you will not heal properly from the surgery and the surgery will likely need to be repeated.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide which is created when smoking anything, including marijuana, will reduce the fusion that is possible. The reason for this is that carbon monoxide binds faster with the hemoglobin than oxygen does and this means that there is less oxygen in the blood. One of the things that will greatly assist healing after spinal fusion is exercise but the benefits that come from exercising are significantly reduced because the carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygenated blood in the body.

So the very thing that will help the healing process after bone surgery is greatly inhibited because of the carbon monoxide that is produced by smoking. Smoking marijuana where and when legal is a personal choice. Deciding if it is worth the risk of having to repeat a difficult surgery is also a personal choice.

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How Long Does Pot Stay in Your System?

When it comes to marijuana, there has been a lot of study in recent years thanks to the increasing legalization at the state level. However, because the federal government has yet to recognize the wishes of the population, it is important to understand how long marijuana stays in your system if you are subject to being tested.

There are many different factors that can influence how much THC you have in your system and what the test results will show if you are doing a urine analysis to look for marijuana. One of those things is the amount of weed that you have ingested. Someone who smokes an eighth each day will need significantly more time to purge their system than a person who is accustomed to only smoking a little bit on their day off.

In addition to the quantity, you will also need to weigh the quality of the marijuana you have been using. The pot on the market today is significantly stronger than what was available to folks in the previous century. Many of the strains available for purchase today have high levels of THC, the active component that causes users to feel stoned. But, there are other products that are available that do not have much, if any THC.

Since scientists have been able to study the plant in depth since legalization began, they have been able to determine other components of the plant that have medical benefits. The most well known of these is CBD. Urine tests do not look for this and it is legal in the entire country, provided that the product contains no traces of THC.

The active THC found in weed does not leave your system quickly because it is stored in fat tissue. Because it is not water soluble, this will extend the amount of time it takes to cleanse your body. If you are losing weight at at the same time you are stopping the weed, it could take even longer than you had anticipated. While many experts say that it takes around a month to get it out of your system, burning fat stores with traces of THC stored in them could extend the period. Some folks actually take twice this amount of time before getting a good result.

If you are going to smoke recreational or medical marijuana but still need to be able to pass a drug test once in a while, take steps to keep your system as clean as possible. Eat healthy foods and take your vitamins. Drink lots of water each day and engage in sweat-producing activities. This will help to purge the THC from your body more quickly and allow you to face a drug test with greater confidence.

Until the federal government catches up with the states and voter wishes, it is vital that you make smart choices regarding your use of marijuana. Though it can stay in your system for a long time, these suggestions will help you to avoid an unwanted result.

Why Does Marijuana Make You Paranoid – Or Does It?

There is a considerable amount of dialogue on the topic of marijuana in recent years. Part of that is inspired by the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes. More states than ever before allow people to purchase and use marijuana for recreational purposes including Colorado, Washington, California and many others. Even the District of Columbia has legalized marijuana for recreational use, prompting many people to start looking at how it could benefit, and also adversely affect, this greater abundance of users. The medicinal qualities of marijuana are well known, including allowing people to sleep better, helping with glaucoma, and is even helpful in fighting cancer. However, there is some talk that marijuana might actually make you feel paranoid. Let’s discuss whether or not this is true, and if it is, why this actually occurs.

What Is Paranoia?

Before discussing whether or not marijuana can make you paranoid, it is beneficial to have a specific definition. A person that is paranoid is experiencing fear or anxiety, so much so that they can become irrational or delusional. It is common for those that are paranoid to think that everyone is out to get them, or at least believe that perceived threats exist without any proof. It is a personality disorder which is associated with people that have schizophrenia, and is even thought to arise from depression.

Does Marijuana Cause Paranoia?

In most cases, marijuana will induce a calming effect. This is one of the main reasons that people will use marijuana on a regular basis. It allows them to relax after a hard day at work, and can even improve their overall mood. However, it has been shown to affect people differently, causing them to actually become paranoid. This has to do with the chemical reaction that cannabinoids have been the human brain, such as THC, when they actually bind with certain receptors. In some cases, these receptors are located on the amygdala, a portion of the brain that actually causes us to fear things that are out of our control. It is able to affect our level of motivation, and also our emotions, especially when something connects with its receptors. Although it is not known why, with some people, cannabinoids such as THC which can cause a euphoric high, can cause some people to become paranoid. There emotions are heightened, and the reason they become paranoid is typically because the amygdala is simply heightening thoughts and feelings that they have already had. Therefore, when the receptors of the amygdala are activated by the cannabinoids, it will simply heighten your emotions. In some cases, if a person’s emotions are directly connected to thoughts of paranoia that they experience on a regular basis, it is possible that feelings of paranoia will be heightened.

Although experiencing paranoia after smoking marijuana is not the norm, it can definitely happen to people that already have some type of your rational fear. It simply comes down to chemistry and how different portions of the brain, in this case the amygdala, affect your emotions. The marijuana itself, nor any of the cannabinoids, actually induce paranoia at all. The person that becomes more paranoid after smoking marijuana is simply experiencing a heightened sense of what they already feel on a regular basis.

7 Things You Should Not Do While High

Proponents and advocates of marijuana love to tout how safe the drug is. While it is rather difficult to suffer negative physical consequences from this drug like other, harder drugs, such as overdoses or serious withdrawal symptoms, that does not mean that the drug is perfectly safe to use in all circumstances. Keep reading to learn about 7 things you shouldn’t do while high on marijuana.

1) Get intoxicated with other things: Being high on marijuana meets the definition most states have for being under the influence. Don’t mix it with alcohol or harder drugs. Otherwise, you risk losing your health, self-control, and even consciousness. In such a condition, you might be at physical risk.

2) Operate motor vehicles: You likely are very familiar with the fact that operating a car, truck, or motorcycle while drunk from alcohol is dangerous and against the law. That’s been embedded into the public consciousness thanks to a generation or more of public service announcements and educational campaigns. What you might not know is that marijuana follows the same lines. While its physical effects are not identical, it can narrow a person’s focus, dull response time, and lead to poor physical coordination when behind the wheel. Even if you can drive safely, you can’t do so legally.

3) Operate anything with power or machinery: This is not the time to mow your yard, work with your wood-cutting tools in the garage, or use a chain saw. Save the home improvement projects for a sober Saturday. Forget about playing with fire under any circumstances.

4) Go shopping online: The Internet makes it possible to order just about anything online, and you can do so rather immediately in most cases. It’s all too possible to see a dream car, a high-value collectible, or an expensive pair of new shoes, and quickly move from lusting to going through the check-out process. Getting involved in a bidding war on eBay while high on marijuana is one thing you shouldn’t ever do.

5) Be high a state where’s not legal yet: It’s true that the number of states legalizing marijuana is rising more and more every year. However, it’s far from all 50. Don’t assume that just because a state is politically considering the legalization of it means that local law enforcement won’t bust you for having it or consuming it. Laws that are still on the books will be enforced until otherwise changed.

6) Be confused about the rules of the state you’re in: Some states let everyone have or use marijuana, and others only restrict it to certified medical cases. Know the boundaries in the state you are in. If you get high in a medical-only state and get caught by police without the right documentation, you’re in trouble.

7) Buy a house. If you buy a house while you’re high, you might have just wasted a lot of money. If that happens, you need to speak to a real estate lawyer immediately. If you’re in New York, you might consider attorney Staten Island, or you can look for a recommendation from your friends.

These 6 things you shouldn’t do while high on marijuana are just some of many, but they represent good starting points in setting up safe spaces and times for you to enjoy your drug of choice. If you want to see a funny video about this subject, watch the video below.