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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
The Truth about Alcohol vs. Marijuana
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While authorities have waged a costly and ineffective war for decades against marijuana, a more deadly and dangerous drug is legally sanctioned and largely accepted by society: alcohol. Study after study show that alcohol is a far greater danger to public health than marijuana. Alcohol contributes to more deaths and incidences of violence than marijuana ever could. More than 88,000 deaths and 696,000 assaults are linked to alcohol abuse each year, while there are little or no similar incidents linked to marijuana use. The long-term psychological and physical impacts of alcohol use are far more serious than that of marijuana use, as well. Long term alcohol users can develop elevated risks of heart disease and are also prone to suffer… Read More

The Evolution of Marijuana Legalization

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For some people, marijuana is a fun recreational drug, while others treasure it for its medicinal properties. Still others take a darker view of cannabis, condemning it as a dangerous vice or even a tool of the devil. The history of marijuana is certainly a colorful one, as public attitudes have shifted dramatically over the years, from acceptance to denunciation, and back to acceptance again. Let’s take a look at some of the important legal and social milestones in U.S. history that mark important changes in our relationship to marijuana. We’ll start our journey in 1619, when the Virginia Assembly passed a law requiring every farmer to grow hemp. Not only was hemp legal, its cultivation was literally mandated by… Read More
How to Pass a Drug Test
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How to Pass a Drug Screen More and more employers require drug pre-employment drug screens for prospective employees, but the invasion of privacy doesn’t end there. Employees injured in on-the-job accidents are often required to take drug tests, and drug testing has also been extended to public benefits recipients in some states. Drug tests typically are done by urinalysis—about 84 percent of companies use this method—but hair follicle, saliva, breath, and blood testing may also be used to check for the presence of various legal and illegal substances. Some are quite invasive, as hair follicle testing can determine whether a subject has used drugs or other intoxicants as far as three months back. Persons subject to a drug test who… Read More
Most Famous Pot Smokers
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Some of the world’s most famous celebrities, sports personalities, and politicians all have one thing in common: They’ve been known to enjoy a toke from time to time! Barack Obama, Charlie Sheen, Tim Lincecum, and Oliver Stone are just a few big names that have taken a liking to marijuana. Though some love pot recreationally, other celebrities choose the herb as a safer alternative to prescription medications. For example, former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams prefers marijuana to Paxil for treating his social anxiety disorder. Other famous celebrities have had a direct role in denouncing the vilification of pot, such as Montel Williams, who uses marijuana to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Then there are the celebrities through history… Read More
Tim Lincecum
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Told he was too small to succeed in the major leagues, this 175-lb, 29 year old pitcher was the strikeout king of baseball in 2008 and walked away with his second consecutive Cy Young award. He is the only player ever to receive a Cy in his first two years pitching. Currently playing for the San Francisco Giants, winning two World Series, in three years! Teammates consider the smallish right-hander a quirky perfectionist. They also consider him the "Franchise," the nickname they gave him when he broke into the big leagues only a year out of college. Often photographed wearing a hemp necklace, Lincecum has the look of a lanky stoner and the calm personality to match. In October 2009,… Read More
Mike Tyson
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Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson was born in Brooklyn on June 30th, 1966. Now retired, Mike Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and the IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years old. He is well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior inside and outside the ring. Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time. In October of 2000, Mike Tyson tested positive for marijuana following his victory over Andrew Golota. While he refused to take a urine test before the boxing match, Tyson did give a urine sample after the fight. State regulators then… Read More
Barack Obama
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Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He's the first African American to become President of the United States. He's the 44th President of the USA. His mother was Stanley Ann Dunham who was of English ancestry. His father, Barack Obama Sr. was a Luo from Kenya. His parents met in college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship. During his youth, Obama spent a lot of his time smoking marijuana. He smoked frequently with a group of friends who called themselves the "choom gang." The word "choom" is a verb that means "to smoke marijuana." Barack Obama was one of the head members of club. When… Read More
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