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MLB: Players still subject to penalty for using pot

For baseball players taking advantage of a new drug policy in which marijuana use is permissible, the commissioner has a warning: Just don’t show up to the ballpark high.

Even though Major League Baseball removed marijuana from its banned-substance list during the offseason, the league last week told teams that players remain subject to potential discipline for using or possessing the drug, according a memo .

In the memo, deputy commissioner Dan Halem wrote that the league maintains the right to punish players who break existing marijuana laws, such as possession and distribution, as well as for driving under the

Players and team personnel who “appear under the influence of marijuana or any other cannabinoid during any of the Club’s games, practices, workouts, meetings or otherwise during the course and within the scope of their employment” will undergo a “mandatory evaluation” for a potential treatment program, according to the memo.

While the penalty for a major league player testing positive for marijuana in the past was a fine, the biggest change addresses minor league players, for whom marijuana was a banned substance with a harsh suspension for testing positive. Minor league players rejoiced at the new drug agreement, in which MLB abandoned its marijuana policy for stricter testing on opioids.ADVERTISEMENT

Recreational marijuana is legal in cities inhabited by 12 major league teams: the A’s, Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Padres, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers and White Sox. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 26 of 30 major league locations, with Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin the exceptions.

The minor leagues are far more restrictive in terms of location. More than 60 minor league cities are in states where both recreational and medicinal marijuana are illegal.

Despite the relative open-mindedness of MLB — it has a particularly liberal policy, particularly when compared to the NFL, which only now is considering abolishing suspensions for players who test positive for marijuana — it’s still not exactly advocating marijuana use.

“Club medical personnel are prohibited from prescribing, dispensing or recommending the use of marijuana or any other cannabinoid” to players or officials, nor are they allowed to store it at the team facilities, the memo said.

The use of cannabidiol, or CBD, remains potentially risky for players because the products are not certified by the NSF and could be tainted with drugs that are on the banned list and subject to half-season-long suspensions.

MLB and the MLB Players Association “are working closely with NSF International to develop an independent testing and certification process for” hemp-based CBD products, according to the memo.

With the legal-marijuana business worth billions of dollars, players have considered entering the space as entrepreneurs, according to sources. The memo said MLB plans to address the rules regarding ownership in the industry in the future, though “until such guidance is issued, any such investments or commercial arrangements are still considered to be prohibited in accordance with current practices.”

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Coca Cola’ interest in the Cannabis Market

Coca Cola was founded in 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, GA. Today, this huge company globally clocks in an estimated $1.9 billion daily! Over the years, the brand has relished and become a fashionable household name. Their outstanding marketing campaigns and catchy slogans still suit them well. 

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CBD For Pets

“I don’t care what you say, Rufus, Fluffy and Spot are part of the family.” We, as pet owners, love our fuzzies so much so that we will stop at nothing and no dollar amount to ease their ailments because, we’ve all said it, “they are our children too.”

Taking your four-legged bestie to the vet can leave your pockets turned inside out. The only full thing is the prescription of pills they gave you for his pain management, daily vitamin and God only knows what the third medicine is for, but you were told he needed it. 

What if you were told that so many of these medications could be flushed down the toilet? There would be one daily holistic medication that left no side effects that would benefit Fido in nearly every aspect of his ailments? We are talking about CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of nearly 100 different compounds found in the cannabis plant. Deriving from the marijuana or hemp plant, this non-psychoactive king is taking the medicinal world by storm. CBD, unlike it’s cousin THC, has zero effects that make the user feel “high” which is why it is great to use for pets, children and seniors alike. There is also no chance of overdose or long-term side effects. 

CBD oil has been cleared by the FDA and is legal for both animals and humans. Not all animals will benefit from cannabinoids. The body must have an endocannabinoid system. Dogs, cats, horses and humans do, meaning, we can all accept and process them, reaping the encapsulated health benefits. Check to see if your critter has an endocannabinoid system.

Pets are prone to a whole host of ailments just like we are. Anxiety, pain, liver disease, and cancer are just a few issues Sparky faces. CBD is a fantastic herbal remedy for pain management, therapeutic benefits and preventative care.

Studies have proven the effectiveness in so many different areas affecting our bodies. Here are a few (not all) health benefits your four-legged family member can overcome with the use of CBD: 

  1. Pain Reliever

CBD interacts with the receptors in the brain ultimately improving the pain management system.

  1. Anticonvulsant

The FDA has officially approved the first cannabis-drug to reduce seizures. CBD is known for controlling seizures, tremors, tics and spasms without causing liver damage as most prescribed medications will do for pets.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

Studies show that CBD decreases chronic inflammation.

  1. Stress Reliever

Many animals, like humans, experience anxiety, stress and even phobias. CBD helps manage these symptoms. 

  1. Antiemetic

Controlling nausea and vomiting, it’s used as a tummy soothing aid. 

  1. Anticancer Effects

Slowing tumor growth, protecting against certain cancers and killing cancerous cells, this herb is quite literally a life saver. 

  1. Promotes Homeostasis

Safe to use as an everyday tincture, this supplement will promote wellness and overall health just as a daily vitamin would. 

Administering CBD to any animal should be done so appropriately. Be sure the tincture oil is high quality and organic. The proper dosage per body weight is essential in order for best results to be noticed. So, go ahead, give Man’s Best Friend what he’s been barking begging for.
We all want to “See Spot Run” again.

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Seizure Free due to CBD Oil

A small, frail autistic boy living in the UK faced sometimes up to 100 seizures a day due to his severe condition of epilepsy. The hard truth is, he was dying. It could only take one seizure to kill him, so every second, of every minute of every day was a gamble as well as a sigh of relief. His condition was intractable, meaning, there was no medication or diet on the market that could aid in subsiding his disease. Until, Billy began treatment with cannabis oil in the US where CBD marijuana was legal in 2016. 

The medicine prescribed to him in the states was all natural with no synthetic compounds. Billy was monitored closely while taking this prescription. The results were groundbreaking.  He was seizure free. The CBD medication was transferred back to his local doctor in Northern Ireland where he could continue use. Billy’s seizures had completely stopped for upwards of 300 days! It was also noted that the CBD oil improved his autism by giving him better eye contact, engagement with toys and even gave him the ability to focus on books and conversations. 

Billy isn’t the only person suffering from conditions that were thought to be untreatable. In fact, there are approximately 50 million individuals worldwide that live with epilepsy. This neurological condition can be mentally and physically crippling.  It decreases quality of life, increases depression and in severe cases can be deadly. The cause of the disease is due to irregular electrical discharges among brain cells resulting in body convulsions. The onset can be due to head trauma, autism, viruses, and many times it’s simply unknown. 

Studies have been conducted on medical cannabis for years. One of the proven properties is the known anticonvulsant benefits CBD cannabis oil offers.

Getting a little scientific, CBD affects the neurotransmitters that are responsible for sending messages to the brain through CB1 receptors. This is done by altering the activity of the cells by switching how ions flow into and out of the neurons, ultimately subsiding convulsions. 

Treating seizures with cannabis medically is that of a fairly recent legal venture. As months and years progress, the speed, momentum and knowledge of this king plant is becoming recognized and utilized more so. States have slowly adopted legality and medical companies have even begun formulating drugs to administer to severe cases of epilepsy such as Billy’s. 

Today, Billy is fighting more battles in this home country other than just his life. The Home Office has recently taken away the medication and now won’t prescribe the cannabis oil. His mother is distraught and fears for her son’s life. Medical doctors, advocates and patients alike are fighting for their right and lives due to this law. His seizures have come back and while it’s illegal to break the law, many people may turn to the black market. 

The ongoing struggle is a global problem. While time will tell, the criticality of legalization is severely time sensitive in many cases. We wish Billy and all other patients in similar situations the best of luck and the strength to continue to fight. We sure as heck will fight right alongside.