It’s hard to say where we are in the COVID-19 pandemic right now, as infections and deaths continue to rise. But there have been movements in the cannabis industry that are changing the way the industry operates amid the pandemic that may stay post-pandemic.
Being allowed to operate as an “essential” business — which had a few bumps in the road between including both medical with recreational as essential businesses in states such as Colorado (that state quickly changed and added rec) and Massachusetts — was one positive result that gave the industry some needed comeuppance and respect.
Sales have been strong, and delivery options were expanded as well.
Many states with legal medical and recreational cannabis have been allowing deliveries since they legalized. But because of COVID-19, dispensaries are now adjusting to curbside or drive-thru window sales to adapt to the new contactless, social distancing way of conducting business.
California licenses over 150 legal cannabis delivery companies, the most of any state, including Eaze (now scaling back operations), Puffy, CaliExpress and more. The scaling back of Eaze may be just a delivery service experiencing hard times during the pandemic, or it may represent a harbinger of things to come, leaving the door open for more of these adapted dispensary-centered curbside/drive-thru sales.
In some states, dispensaries are operating under temporary rule changes about how to purchase cannabis product that consumers hope will stay after the pandemic passes.
Those temporary rule changes include Oregon, where the state’s regulators underline that this will not become a permanent rule; that if any one bad player creates a problem the rule will be suspended for all dispensaries; that medical cannabis consumers or caregivers can buy up to 32 oz. of flower instead of the 24 oz. previously allowed by law; and further advises delivering product to a person in the parking lot of the store, a person at the front entrance of the store, or a person at a walk-up or drive-thru window of the store.
In Washington state, curbside delivery is also allowed in an area as close to the dispensary as possible. But the state does not allow a drive thru window.
What about Amazon, and Uber Eats, and other mainstream delivery services like FedEx, which was and is still the old school way of delivering cannabis?
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Amazon has been caught up in some llegal deliveries, demonstrating people are already using the service illegally, and the company currently delivers hundreds of hemp products — hemp oil, hemp prerolls, hemp flower — along with almost anything else needed to operate a legal cannabis business (except the cannabis) which may be testing some state’s laws.
So it seems like it could be a quick transition for Amazon to deliver cannabis, if and when that happens.
The reality is that chances are still slim for those mainstream delivery services to deliver either medical or recreational cannabis as long as federal prohibition continues. A mainstream delivery company would be opening a can of worms and courting business disaster if it began delivering a substance still listed as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Schedule 1 worst-drug-on-the-plant.
Ah, we can dream, right? Well, all is not lost.
There are hints that cannabis delivery using mainstream widespread delivery services could still happen someday in the same way that alcohol is delivered. Drizly, an e-commerce alcohol delivery service, promises delivery of under one hour to customers in places like Arlington, Virginia and about half the other states in the country. Virginia has some of the country’s toughest liquor laws, but in Virginia, there are regulations and a precedence set about delivering intoxicating, heavily regulated substances.
Time will tell. This year has seen much turbulence, and much change on both a business and societal level. That Amazon box on your porch may someday have a special green Amazon logo, representing something different and revolutionary inside. Puff-puff-pass.
Historical Cannabis: Biggest Potheads of History
With all the back and forth about the possible health benefits and detractions of cannabis, its long history is often forgotten, a history that when not ignored, helps us understand many of these issues being fought over in the press. It seems many have forgotten that cannabis has been popular for quite some time, and among people not often associated with the plant. For today, let’s pay homage to stoners of the past with this list of the biggest potheads of history.
When looking at the biggest potheads of history, it become clear that cannabis has been important for a very long time. Back in the day, there were far less options, of course, whereas today, interested users can eat edibles, toke on vapes, apply it in patches or as creams, and even use it as suppositories and nasal spray. Not only this, it’s not just about delta-9 anymore, but a myriad of other compounds like delta-8 THC, a naturally occurring half-brother to delta-9 which comes with the same general health benefits, but without causing the same kind of anxiety or cloudy head. Take a look at our deals for delta-8 THC, delta 10, thcv, thcp, thco, hhc and tons of other compounds, and take advantage of today’s cannabis market.
Cannabis is a pretty ubiquitous plant, and has been for thousands of years. It’s been a crucial part of many time periods and generations, even if we don’t always write it in the history books. In that sense, this list could have thousands of names on it. Since we don’t have time to dig up every semi-popular stoner of history, here are some of the more interesting picks of famous people who have proven to be the biggest potheads of history, or who get that title in the press, whether deserved or not.
Cannabis has often been associated with the arts, and was even attached to the burgeoning jazz scene of the 1920s as a way to denigrate both for prohibition purposes. So it’s not that weird to think that one of the most famous writers of history, might also have been one of the biggest potheads of history.
William Shakespeare was alive from 1564-1616, and brought us some of the most well-known classics of today, including Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and Macbeth. His stories are still performed every day in high schools, community theatres, and Broadway, and can be found on stages all around the world, and even in movie theaters. As it happens, while many readers have often thought that Shakespeare made veiled references to drugs, some hard evidence was actually found linking him to them.
Could A New Constitution Mean Recreational Cannabis in Chile?
When it comes to legalized recreational cannabis, the Americas are the place to be, from Canada down to Uruguay. And there might be a new addition. With a new constitution being written, it’s quite possible that we’ll soon see legalized recreational cannabis in Chile.
If a new constitution means recreational cannabis will be legalized in Chile, the total will be up to five countries! More legalized locations means more markets, more innovation, and better products for you. The new cannabis boom has opened the door to tons of other cannabis compounds like CBN, THCA, and delta-8 THC, a half-brother to delta-9 with similar benefits, but which causes less anxiety and couch locking. Check out our diverse array of deals for delta-8 THC, delta 10, thco, thcp, thcv & even hhc and take advantage of these changing times.
Chile and cannabis
Right now cannabis is illegal for production and public use in Chile, but is a widely consumed drug for both medical and recreational purposes. Chile has the highest per capita cannabis usage in all of South America according to 2019 statistics on Latin American cannabis consumption.
Drug regulation in Chile is governed by Ley de Drogas from 2005. In 2008, the laws were made more harsh because of illicit cannabis flowing into the country. Punishments for possession and use increased to that of drugs like cocaine and heroin. For a country that’s pretty cool with the plant, this caused a lot of tension, and this tension led to change starting around 2014. That year, the government loosened its grip, and began allowing the cultivation of cannabis for medical research purposes. It took until the end of 2015 for president Michelle Bachelet to officially sign into law a medical cannabis policy, which allows prescribed use.
The medical legislation opened the sale of medical cannabis from pharmacies, and reclassified cannabis as a soft drug. It went a step further than a standard medical legalization, stating adult Chileans are able to grow up to six plants for “medical, recreational or spiritual reasons”, which means the medical legalization, also worked as a decriminalization measure for personal use. It is legal to grow, sell, and import cannabis for medical purposes. One stipulation is that doctors who prescribe cannabis without a good reason can face from 5-15 years in prison, and fines up to USD 28,000. This is the same for establishments that provide medications.
Should THC be Considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?
When Maradonna and Lance Armstrong were both found to be using performance enhancing drugs, the world had to take a step back and rethink their sports heroes. In many people’s eyes, the greatest footballer and the greatest cyclist had both decided to – in want of a better word – cheat their way to victory. In fact, any use of performance-enhancing drugs – which are decided by the World Anti-Doping Agency – are completely illegal and will cause the user to face suspension or even lifetime bans. However, the question is, what constitutes a performance-enhancing drug?
Why are some drugs chosen to be banned and others aren’t? And, of course, what about THC and cannabis? There is no doubt that certain drugs can give an athlete an unfair advantage, but whether THC sits within this realm is controversial.
Could THC possibly be used as a performance enhancing drug? What about delta-8 THC? This alternate form of THC provides users with slightly less psychoactive effect, less cloudiness in the head, and more overall energy, which makes it a possibility for active users. Which one is better for you and working out (or just sitting around)? Best way to find out, is to try and see. We’ve got an array of great delta-8 THC, delta 10, thcv, thcp, hhc & THC-O deals. Pick a product, and give it a shot. See what works best for you! Subscribe to The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter for more articles like this one and exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other legal THC products!
Performance Enhancing Drugs
So, what is a drug and what makes it performance enhancing? A drug in its simplest form is: ‘a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body’. Obviously not all drugs are considered performance-enhancing, as some are prescribed to treat physical or mental health conditions. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency – who have been regulating the use of drugs in sport for millennia – have criteria that decides if a drug should be banned or not. The WADA states that a drug should be banned from sport-use if:
- It has the potential to enhance sport performance;
- It represents an actual or potential health risk to the Athlete;
- It violates the spirit of sport (this definition is outlined in the Code).
As you can see, the criteria is slightly vague and, in a way, all drugs could somehow fit within them. For example, if a athlete uses paracetamol to treat a headache, does that count as performance-enhancing? The most obvious way to decide if a drug would be included in the WADA list would be to judge if it was performance-enhancing or not. Of course there are drugs that have been created and designed to enhance people’s abilities in sports. These same drugs will crop up a lot in various cases where athletes have utilised them for victory. Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the most common performance-enhancing drugs.
Anabolic steroids are used by many athletes to increase their muscle strength. The substance produces testosterone, which is used to help muscle building. For body builders especially, this drug can have some performance-enhancing tendencies. Some more dangerous versions of anabolic steroids are called: ‘designer steroids’. These are designed to be undetectable by drug tests. However, this means that they have not been tested. Some people have suffered infertility and baldness as a consequence of this drug.
Diuretics can help decrease an athlete’s weight by changing the natural balance of electrolytes in the body. The decrease of water in the body, which the substance causes, can lead to a ‘prefered’ weight for the athlete. Also, Diuretics is often called the ‘masking’ agent as the dilution of the urine can sometimes help athletes pass drug tests incorrectly.
Erythropoietin, or EPO, is the same performance-enhancing drug that Lance Armstrong took. Why? Well, EPO is a hormone which is usually used to treat Anemia. The drug increases the amount of oxygen that is carried to the body’s organs. This enhances performance in endurance sports like cycling because it improves the movement of oxygen to the muscles. Again, the overuse of these drugs can cause some detrimental effects.
What Are The Common Traits?
In order to decide if THC should also be part of the WADA performance-enhancing team, then let’s take a look at what are the common traits in these three stated drugs. In all Diuretics, EPO and Anabolic Steroids, there is an example of a shifting of body functions that changes the way the body creates certain chemicals. This creates a short-term atmosphere within the body that enhances the athlete’s ability. However, over time, this short-term shift can cause negative long-term effects. Does THC do the same?
The Wonders of THC
Let’s first remind ourselves of the wonders of tetrahydrocannabinol before judging if it should or should not be part of the WADA list. THC is a major cannabinoid within the cannabis plant and is responsible for the well-known ‘high’ effects. THC is used both recreationally and medically because of its enjoyable and helpful benefits. Recreationally, it can be used to cause:
- Sensory Enhancement
THC is also now being used more to treat physical and mental problems. Although lots of governments around the world have not legalized it, self-medicating THC is common. Here a list of the some of the problems it treats:
- Cancer Symptoms
- Loss of Appetite
- Muscle Spasms
- Chronic Pain
With THC being used by many people both recreationally and medically, the question is: is it on the World Anti-Doping Agency list?
THC In Sport
WADA considers THC to be a performance-enhancing drug. This is despite the fact that many countries have now legalized THC, such as the Netherlands, Spain and 19 states in America. In 2011, the WADA published a paper in Sports Medicine, which highlighted the reasons why cannabis, and more specifically THC, is on the list of performance-enhancing drugs.
- “Athletes who smoke cannabis or Spice in-competition potentially endanger themselves and others because of increased risk taking, slower reaction times and poor executive function or decision making.”
- “Based on current animal and human studies as well as on interviews with athletes and information from the field, cannabis can be performance enhancing for some athletes and sports disciplines.”
- “Use of illicit drugs that are harmful to health and that may have performance-enhancing properties is not consistent with the athlete as a role model for young people around the world”.
The most recent case of cannabis in sports was very recently. In June 2021, Sha’Carri Richardson – the female US Olympic sprinter – was found positive for THC in her medical test. She even went on TV and admitted to the use of it, stating that she was using cannabis to deal with the recent death of her mother. She was given a 1 month ban and will now not race in the 100m sprint in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This decision, despite being eligible by the WADA rules, has caused much outrage.
Should THC be considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug?
Whilst the World Anti-Doping Agency has one idea, the answer should surely be a no. It seems that the WADA are stuck in time, unable to accept modern cannabis research and are outright stubborn. Margaret Haney, who is a professor of Nerubiology at Colombia University, states that:
“the evidence is extraordinary weak…(cannabis).reduces reaction time and has other effects that would worsen performance ”
In fact, the reason why Richardson’s ban was only 1 month in length was because the WADA accepted that her use of cannabis was not to do with the competition, unrelated to sport performance, and was done because she was suffering bereavement. However, they still felt a ban of any length was necessary.
If we look at THC and compare it to the other performance-enhancing drugs its hard to see why WADA have included it on the list. THC may enhance senses in an enjoyment sense – colours, sounds and tastes – but ultimately, the benefits of the drug don’t reach a performance-enhancing nature. THC has many benefits but, as any cannabis consumer would tell you, sports and THC certainly do not go hand in hand. Sports could become more enjoyable, like having a beer whilst kicking a football around, but competitive sports is not something that THC would help you with. Some people may argue that THC can calm you down or relax you before competing. However, so can meditation. So can alcohol. So can cigarettes. But what do you reckon? Do you think THC should be considered a performance-enhancing drug?
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Celebrities Who Were Helped By Psychedelics
The psychedelics industry has seen massive attention and growth in the past couple years, with more and more of the stigma once attached to them, disappearing into thin air. As it becomes acceptable to speak about their use, celebrities have been more open with their stories, and how they’ve been helped in life by psychedelics.
It’s not that shocking so many celebrities have been helped by psychedelics, the growing body of research is very positive. The same is true for cannabis, which has been expanding out very quickly in the last few years, with tons of people backing it in the media, and with all new products coming out. One interesting addition is delta-8 THC, an alternate THC which doesn’t cause the same anxiety, couch locking, or cloudy head as delta-9. We’ve got a great array of delta-8 THC, delta 10, thco, thcp, thcv & even hhc deals, so check out the selection, and stay on top of what’s new in the world of cannabis.
Celebrities and drug use
First and foremost, there’s nothing actually special about celebrities, at least not as a rule. There are plenty of non-celebrities that can compete with the famous on pretty much any metric. This isn’t meant to undermine the special qualities of those who have made it big, but it is meant as a reminder that celebrities are still human, and representative of the human population. What makes them interesting, however, is how known they are. If I have an interesting experience, there might be a few people that care about it, but the story isn’t going to go far. If the same thing happens to Justin Bieber, or Samuel L. Jackson, or Lebron James, it gets echoed around the world.
Plenty of people in the world have drug problems, but the overdoses and deaths of celebrities make the biggest news. From Kurt Cobain to Heath Ledger to Johnny Depp, we never seem to be able to get enough of celebrities and their problems. In just the last few years, the following celebrities have all made headlines with their drug issues, and all of them ended up dead (whether drug-induced or not): Anthony Bourdain, Tom Petty, Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and Chester Bennington.
Go back even further and you can include Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and River Phoenix just to make a short list. And let’s not forget some of the biggest names in drug headlines that have made it through this far, like Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Tyler, Demi Lovato, and Robert Downey Jr, just to name a tiny number. Regardless if the story is watching someone fall from grace, or watching them get their problems under control in an act of strength, if it’s happening to someone in the spotlight, we all know about it.
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