11 Popular Myths About Drug Testing
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Each year, government entities and companies force millions of Americans to undergo drug testing. As drug tests have become more common, a lot of misconceptions about how drug tests work and individuals’ legal rights regarding drug tests have spread. Knowing more about the science and the law concerning drug tests can help people avoid relying on false information that could cost them their jobs or their freedom. Drug testing is prevalent in the U.S., and its use is growing. According to Slate, an estimated 45 million to 50 million workplace drug tests are given each year in the U.S.  A recent survey of 70,000 U.S. working adults found that 48.2 percent reported that their employers conducted some sort of workplace drug screening… Read More
What’s Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?
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It’s a mistake to lump all cannabis into one broad category. There are three strains of cannabis, each with its own unique properties. The word strain is used to differentiate breeds of cannabis plants. The three strain types of cannabis include: Indica – Indica strains of cannabis have a relaxing effect on cannabis users. They’re often used for pain relief and stress reduction. Sativa – Sativa strains have a more uplifting effect on users. Cannabis enthusiasts may use sativa strains of cannabis if they want to think creatively or engage in in-depth conversations. Hybrid – Hybrid strains of cannabis combine some of the effects of Sativa and Indica strains. They tend to relax users and relieve pain while also creating… Read More
Common Drugs in the US
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Several types of legal and illegal drugs are used by teens and adults in the United States. Access to and use of these drugs depend upon a variety of factors. It is due to these conditions that certain drugs have become more widely used and preferred over others. For instance, alcohol is readily and easily accessible in all fifty states, so long as the person is of legal age to purchase it. As a result, it is one of the more commonly used drugs in the country. Another drug which was once considered illegal in all fifty states, but now has been legalized in many states and continues to increase in popularity, is marijuana. In some states, marijuana can be… Read More
2016 Set to be Watershed Year in Marijuana Legalization Efforts
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While all eyes are focused on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, votes in five states could start a nationwide avalanche regarding marijuana legalization. On Election Day, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona, and Nevada will vote on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Although legalization would end marijuana users’ exposure to potential jail time and criminal penalties, it’s important to note that employers may still prohibit the use of marijuana and require employees to pass a drug test. Polls show that marijuana legalization is likely to pass in California, Massachusetts, and Maine. Arizona and Nevada voters are divided on the issue, and the outcome is less certain there. Should voters approve recreational use of marijuana in the five states… Read More
How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System
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The human body eliminates substances at rates that differ from drug to drug. Understanding the pace of elimination can help people have a better idea of the impact of these substances and how long they will show up on tests conducted by law enforcement or employers. Marijuana is typically slow to purge from the body. The drug can be detected in urine for seven to 30 days and in hair for 90 days. Marijuana sticks around because its active component, THC, is fat soluble and will linger in the body for a longer period. Heroin typically is detectable in blood for six hours and in urine for two to 48 hours. Larger doses of heroin take longer to purge, so… Read More
Marijuana Legalization: How Marijuana is Viewed Today
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People’s views on marijuana in America have been changing in recent time. In the past, this drug was considered illegal in all fifty states, with harsh penalties if someone was found guilty of a drug-related criminal offense. However, with a change in people’s attitudes, so, too, has there been a change in laws regarding marijuana. Today, more people are in favor of making the drug legal for medicinal purposes, as well as recreational use. On average, around 50% of the population is in favor of legislation to legalize the drug for either medicinal or recreational purposes, or both. Currently, there are several states where marijuana can be used as a recreational drug, much like tobacco, and also by people looking… Read More
Drug Scheduling and How it Works (or Doesn’t Work)
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Drugs have been a long-standing elephant in the room when it comes to governing. After all, how is a government expected to fairly classify drugs and decide which ones have medicinal value and which ones should be described as illicit? How do you determine which substances should be subject to drug testing? Most legislators understand that you can’t have an “all or nothing” approach to drug prohibition, so what kind of system should be put in place to ensure the safety of the populace? This, no doubt, was in the thoughts and hearts of lawmakers all over the country when President Nixon’s administration introduced the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970. However, some long-standing designations are no longer reflective of… Read More
The Science Behind Drug Testing (and How to Beat It)
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Although various countries, states, and people in general are gradually becoming more understanding of personal drug use for medicine and recreation, drug tests are still commonly used both by employers and law enforcement entities. In many cases, drug tests will incriminate occasional and weekend users that pose no more of a threat to the workplace environment (or society, for that matter) than someone who has a nightly glass of wine. Until stigma associated with drug use dissolves, these tests will remain the norm. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these tests are not infallible, and those trying to figure out how to pass a drug test are not alone. Different Tests for Different Drugs Those with no knowledge… Read More
Marijuana Legalization Stats & Facts
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Since 1969, the number of Americans who support the legalization of marijuana has significantly increased, and it continues to grow. In 2015, 53% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana, compared to only 12% in 1969. The largest increase in the support has occurred in the past few years. Prior to 2010, many Americans still felt marijuana should be illegal. Now that has changed, and more people support the legalization of marijuana. Between 2010 and 2013, support for marijuana increased by 11 points, alone. Approximately 49% of Americans have reported they have tried marijuana at least once. In addition, 12% have reported they have used marijuana in the past year, while 18.9 million people state they have used marijuana in the past… Read More
What’s the Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?
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In the past few years, citizens of the world have watched cannabis grow from an illicit substance into a quasi-legal medicinal alternative. While this change is inspiring, it also exposes a good amount of ignorance of people who don’t understand the science behind marijuana. Even as widespread social acceptance sweeps the globe, it’s going to be difficult in the coming years for medicinal marijuana patients to pass a drug test in order to gain employment, compete as an athlete, or join the armed forces. In part, this fear of cannabis originates from ignorance and the mass hysteria of the Reefer Madness era. By understanding the plant and its various incarnations, as well as its origins and medicinal properties, it may… Read More
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