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Say ‘Hi’ To Buddie: ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Mascot

OHIO:  Buddie, the muscular, cape-wearing marijuana bud mascot of ResponsibleOhio, joined the group’s bus tour to promote marijuana legalization.

Buddie’s first stop was Tuesday at the University of Toledo and ResponsibleOhio insists the mascot is geared toward young adults.

“Buddie is going to college campuses only to promote ‘Buddie’s 21 and Up Club’ and engage millennial voters in the process in a new, creative and exciting way,” ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Faith Oltman said.

 

Why Athletes Should Consider Taking CBD

It’s no secret that the life of an athlete can be rough. Hour after hour of cardio, lifting weights and refining your skill set is bound to be accompanied by soreness and other ailments that, if ignored, could lead to greater risk of injury. Of course, if you’re serious about your athletic goals, you’ve likely steeled yourself to the inevitability of injuries. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body” is a phrase that you’ve almost definitely heard at least once in your life, and while the sentiment is positive, it supports a flawed mindset.

As it stands, there are several ways in which you can address pre and post workout ailments, some being more natural than others. You could always try stretching properly and allowing your body adequate time to recover from the work it put in, but this is easier said than done. You won’t always get the chance to stretch/rest, and even if you do, you’ll really only be able to mitigate a small portion of the soreness and pain that you feel. Certain products and medications are being hailed for their anti-inflammatory effects, but the negatives that come with them far outweigh the relief that they may or may not bring.

As professional athletes are discovering, there are more natural means of achieving relief that avoid the dangers of addictive prescriptions and other potentially harmful products. CBD is a potential answer to many of the aches and pains that you suffer from in your athletic ventures. In multiple studies, the compound has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, preventing you from encountering much of the soreness that you would usually encounter.

CBD, or cannabidiol, enters your body and is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it seeks out the receptors that make up your endocannabinoid system. This system runs throughout your body and is a key component in ensuring that your body remains in homeostasis — a state that is disrupted by pain and inflammation, among other things. It produces its own form of cannabinoid, which is sent and received by different receptors within the system. When CBD is introduced to this system, it can act as an endocannabinoid, both boosting the system’s activity and preventing the release of certain neurotransmitters that would result in feelings of pain and discomfort.

It only makes sense, then, that CBD would be embraced by the world of athletics with open arms. Athletes could benefit from adding CBD products to their daily workouts, and they could even use these products as part of their pre and postgame routines as well. It would provide them with a means of recovering from especially intense workouts and games, potentially preventing them from waking up and having to will their bodies out of bed the following morning.

CBD products such as CBD balms and hemp creams are the perfect gym buddies, fitting into any bag and offering availability at a moment’s notice. Unlike the creams and balms that can normally be found in gym bags, these also boast servings of high-quality CBD hemp extract, and if you’re buying from reputable sources, such as the lab-tested products by CBDfx, you’re sure to get a product that walks the walk.

While the number of active athletes backing CBD might seem small, it’s mainly because of the rules currently prohibiting the compound. For years, CBD has been lumped in with other compounds found in cannabis plants that possess psychoactive effects, and therefore it’s been kept away from professional athletes. However, now that it’s widely understood that CBD doesn’t possess any psychoactive or intoxicating effects, sports leagues are warming up to the compound.

Meanwhile, multiple prominent ex-professional athletes are championing the cause for CBD in athletics, including those with backgrounds in everything from baseball to bicycling. MLB and NBA hall of famers such as Goose Gossage and Rick Barry are actively campaigning for the acceptance of CBD as an alternative to the more controversial medications that athletes are currently being subjected to.

Many ex-pro sports advocates are also pointing to CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects as a reason for the compound to be permitted for athletes. Social anxiety is just as prevalent amongst athletic superstars as it is for the rest of the world, and ex-NBA champion Paul Pierce is even on record stating that he used CBD for the express purpose of curbing his feelings of anxiety and depression.

With a million reasons to embrace CBD and little to no reason not to, it seems obvious that the compound should — and will — thrive once made more available to athletes and the world of sports in general. Its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory attributes are only the tip of the iceberg, and its other facets will prove just as crucial to your own athletic aspirations. It’s only a matter of time before the floodgates open and CBD gains the limelight that it so rightfully deserves.

Sources:

  1. Vučković, Sonja, et al. “Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules.” Frontiers, Frontiers, 15 Oct. 2018, www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259/full.
  2. Small, Jonathan. “Why Paul Pierce Jumped On The CBD Train.” GreenEntrepreneur, 15 Nov. 2019, www.greenentrepreneur.com/article/340942.
  3. Iffland K, Grotenhermen F (2017) An update on safety and side effects of cannabidiol: a review of clinical data and relevant animal studies, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research 2:1, 139–154, DOI: 10.1089/can.2016.0034.

From Threat To Joke: How Are Your Cops Treating Weed?

By Bailey Hirschburg

My old spectrum for judging cops on pot ranged from “Officer I’m still cool” to “Sheriff Buzzkill.” But I’m wondering if it’s out of date.

“Officer I’m still cool” was typically a local cop at protests or public events. He would always remind you he didn’t MAKE pot laws, he was just ENFORCING them. ‘I’m still cool’ knows it’s a drag, but he’s only trying to bust big, dangerous dealers. He just wants you to be safe, and think he’s relatable and cool.

“Sheriff Buzzkill” is a sheriff because he’s typically a law enforcement commander whose years of experience tells him that pot prohibition is either

a.) a grave moral imperative he must solemnly and strictly enforce, or

b.) a tool giving him discretion to bust hardened criminals that would otherwise slip away.

Buzzkill cops show up in their dress uniforms to government meetings across the country and explain that prohibition is the last, best hope their jurisdiction has to control weed.

Generalizations? Absolutely! But I’m reminded because of some of the recent generalizations cops had about marijuana give the impression mine are out of date.:

Former Minnesota Officer Jeronimo Yanez told investigators after shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year “I thought, I was gonna die and I thought if he’s, if he has the, the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the five-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me,” 

But when you see the graphic dash cam footage of the brief stop, and hear the complete lack of discussion about any odors, its shocking the man would argue that afterwards, let alone be justified to kill. Nor was there anything done to determine if Castile was the suspect in another crime. (A different excuse Yanez offered for the shooting.)

We have a pattern (with or without pot) of trained officers being allowed to perpetually assume the worst case scenario as they blunder into lethal force, with civilians expected to anticipate exactly the cop’s feared reactions, and, obviously, not be allowed to carry weapons.

People are rightfully outraged because Castile’s race and legal gun possession contributed to his being shot. I am too, but I’m also furious that Castile’s “high crimes” of a scent and traces of pot that were the driver’s, not his, makes homicide excusable. Yanez’s story sounds like crocodile tears as he rationalizes the killing. I’m less stunned that Yanez did that, so much as I am that investigators, prosecutors, and a jury, decided that a $200 misdemeanor under Minnesota law authorizes lethal force.

Yanez is the updated “Sheriff Buzzkill” (emphasis on kill).  Suspecting Castile was a criminal because of his race, the smell of pot was all that was needed to identify him as a dangerous menace, and the presence of a gun justified his immediate, jittery discharge of seven rounds into a car with a woman and child.

Pot, when added to race or firearms, provides the new “Sheriff Audacious Rationalization” — where it’s not about the presence of marijuana per se, as much as the “totality of the circumstances.”   This leans away from the “moral imperative” of past buzzkills and stops being a tool used to identify hardened criminals. Neither moral, nor practical, enforcement of pot prohibition is at the complete discretion of the officer involved.

The 2.0 version of “Officer I’m still cool” also comes from Minnesota, by way of the Wyoming, MN, police department’s twitter account. Posted last April 20th, cops shared a photo of a uniformed cop waiting with a net lurking by some junk food and video games. “Undercover #420 operations are in place. Discreet traps have been set up throughout the city today. #Happy420” the tweet read. It was widely liked and shared.

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And stoners, including yours truly, had a momentary laugh as we remembered that cops like these cover up for their trigger happy buddies. The meme got large support, despite how messed up it was. The department would later tweet “All jokes aside, substance abuse is a real issue. We use tongue in cheek humor to bring attention to those issues.”

No, you employ the audacious rationalization used to defend killing people when called out by the public for discriminatory and failed laws. And that’s the new “Officer 420lolz.” They do nothing to different than “I’m still cool” except from using pot cliches to prove they’re not part of a policy enriching criminals and endanger the public. And feigning a concern for addiction when called on it Sure, “420lolz” wouldn’t mind catching some kingpins, but community relations points scored from pothead memes are enough.

No, not every cop you meet is a “Sheriff Audacious Rationalization” or “Officer 420lolz.” There are current and former police committed to ending prohibition, namely the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) which has lobbied for years against discriminatory policies that get innocent people killed. But sadly, these officers are a minority in most every agency in which they serve.

I don’t know if updated generalizations about police and pot make them easier to deal with in a benign encounter. The training and tradition of cops treatment of cannabis consumers won’t be undone overnight. Nor will their knee-jerk reactions to race. Cops should be taken seriously only so far as their judgements/policies merit it. Neither officers or the public are served by coddling outdated policies.

So long as the law enforcement community treat simple cannabis use as either an imminent threat or total joke they should expect the public to treat their opinions on pot laws similarly.

Critics Take Aim At Marijuana Mascot

OHIO: A green and white superhero stumping for marijuana legalization votes at college campuses and bars in Ohio has sparked debate over its impact on children. “Buddie” is a fuzzy, ever-smiling pot bud in a bulging white muscle suit with green trunks, gloves and boots. He arrives in a truck painted with marijuana leaves declaring: “Yes on legalization.”

Children’s health advocates opposed to legalization said Buddie is reminiscent of Joe Camel, the cartoon dromedary proven so effective at marketing cigarettes to teenagers in the 1990s that R.J. Reynolds was forced to retire his image. They said the pot mascot makes light of a dangerous illegal drug in a manner appealing to kids. “We didn’t believe it when we saw the photos. We were pretty shocked,” said Nick Lashutka, president of the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association that’s involved in fighting the legalization effort. “This is nothing less than a ploy to market to children.”

ResponsibleOhio, the campaign seeking in November to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, said Buddie is nothing like Joe Camel. Executive Director Ian James said the mascot is not marketing marijuana but asking for votes – and speaking exclusively to voting-age students. “Buddie only addresses people that are 18 and older, and Buddie works specifically with voters,” James said. “Buddie has no connection with anybody under 18 because anybody under 18 can’t vote.” Also, James said, Joe Camel’s tobacco product was legal whereas anyone selling marijuana in Ohio today “would go to jail.”

Marijuana Puns Pack Upcoming Super Bowl

WASHINGTON:  The way Bryan Weinman sees it, he and his friends already won their Super Bowl bet.

Two weeks ago, the nightclub DJ and a few buddies were sitting at a sports bar in Denver, joking about how funny it would be if the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos — the NFL teams from the two states that have legalized marijuana — made it to the big game. [Read more…]

Marijuana Puns Pack Upcoming Super Bowl

WASHINGTON:  The way Bryan Weinman sees it, he and his friends already won their Super Bowl bet.

Two weeks ago, the nightclub DJ and a few buddies were sitting at a sports bar in Denver, joking about how funny it would be if the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos — the NFL teams from the two states that have legalized marijuana — made it to the big game. [Read more…]