Adderall Workforce: Legal Speed is the New Coffee

While the primary focus of the national Adderall abuse problem has been mostly on those college students who take the substance to make the grade like a well-oiled machine, a new report suggests that more of the great American workforce is now using these drugs to get ahead.

In a recent article by Dr. Kevin Wandler, chief medical officer for Advanced Recovery Systems in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he suggested that medications such Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse, commonly referred to as “study drugs,” are now being used by a growing number of the working class in an attempt to enhance their job performance.

“Lawyers use the drug to bill more hours to clients in the race to make partner; reporters use it to make deadlines,” Wandler wrote. “For many, their doctor is their drug dealer.”

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3 Beginner Grow Tips of the Week | Jan. 17, 2017

Tuesday’s tips for beginner growers are brought to you by HIGH TIMES Cultivation Editor Nico Escondido. 

1. Most nutrient problems are actually pH problems. For soilless mixtures, use a pH between 6.0 – 6.5. For hydroponic mediums, such as Rockwool or clay pellets, keep it between 5.8 – 6.2.

2. Warmer roots respire faster, which releases more energy and grows larger root mass and plant size. Keep root temps between 66-70°F.

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What NIDA Isn’t Telling You About Pot and Pregnancy

In December, the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) published an op-ed by Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), titled “The Risks of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy.”

Volkow was inspired to write by “some sources on the internet” (always a bad sign; take it from us) that have been “touting marijuana as a solution for the nausea that commonly accompanies pregnancy.”

Whether it was these sources or the country’s general changing attitude on marijuana, more women than ever are indeed smoking weed: four percent of women reported using cannabis during their pregnancies in 2014, according to the AP, up from 2.4 percent in 2002. At least some of these women, taking note of marijuana’s value controlling nausea, are using marijuana to cope with morning sickness.

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Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington—But That Could Change

Washington state has one of the country’s earliest laws allowing adults 21 and over to use marijuana free of fear, and one of the most restrictive.

Washington was a progenitor of the arbitrary and worthless DUI threshold of 5 ng/ml of THC in a driver’s blood, and for a time, Washington’s Initiative-502 also seriously disrupted the state’s existing marijuana supply chain seriously enough to lead some industry observers to question whether it would work at all.

Under legalization in Washington state, growing marijuana at your home is also a crime, and a very serious one at that—a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Only medical marijuana patients are allowed home grow, and while most marijuana consumers prefer to have someone else do the dirty work anyhow, this is one major benefit—or right, as many would attest—other states enjoy that Washingtonians do not.

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Radical Rant: Marijuana’s Imminent Trumpocalypse

One week from today, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. He enters the Oval Office with his party in control of the House (241-194) and the Senate (52-48), majorities just five congressmen and two senators short of Congress’s largest Republican majority since the Great Depression, and a vacancy he’ll fill on the Supreme Court to create a 5-4 conservative majority.

Worst of all, he has chosen as his attorney general literally the most hard-line anti-pot senator in America, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, a man whose history of racial animosity derailed his appointment as U.S. Attorney in the 1980s. (Imagine: too racist for the 1980s, when “I speak jive“ and “Long Duk Dong“ were jokes you could get away with in a movie, but just fine for the 2010s.)

Yet, some commentators on marijuana policy think everything will work out just fine.

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Marijuana For Addicts: The Case For Cannabis’s Place in a 12-Step Program

Drugs are commonplace in recovery circles, and are considered indispensable tools for addicts, by the addicts themselves and their counselors alike—provided they are the right drugs.

It’s hard to imagine a 12-step meeting without coffee and cigarettes—nicotine and caffeine the constant companions of many, including people escaping other “harder” intoxicants—and as many recovering alcoholics can attest, replacing the calories from alcohol with sugar is a rite of passage.

As writer Katie MacBridge recently observed in Rolling Stone, recovering addicts achieve sobriety when they abstain from “the recreational use of ‘mood-altering’ substances.” Annoying purists (is there any other kind?) may point to the above paragraph and question why it’s alright for an addict to pepper his or her brain and body with a steady barrage of low-level stimulants, but there’s a much bigger issue at play than denying someone a coffeehouse buzz. 

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Meet the Stoners Who Have to Go on ‘Treasure Hunts’ for Weed

The rise of the dark web has made it increasingly easy for users to buy illicit drugs, especially weed: Cannabis is the most popular drug on marketplaces like Agora, Evolution and Silk Road 2. 

While purchasing substances on these marketplaces may be easy thanks to user reviews—in Russia, getting your hands on them can turn into quite a difficult process.

Drug-related penalties in the country are harsh, even small possession of marijuana can result in three to 10 years behind bars. And just like the rest of the world, cannabis is widely used, accounting for 70 percent of illicit drugs seized by Russian authorities.  

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Make That $1.2 Billion and Rising: Colorado Marijuana Sales Keep Climbing

Marijuana’s rise to its status as the newest powerhouse in American retail sales has been truly meteoric in every way except one—through an extended period of double-digit growth, we’re still waiting for a sign of the (so we thought) inevitable flame-out.

Things will slow eventually—they have to, experts and economists say—but not right now. Through the first 11 months of 2016, Colorado’s marijuana shops tallied $1.2 billion in sales, an increase of 33 percent from 2015, according to the most-recent figures crunched by the Cannabist.

Recreational and medical consumers in the state rang up $106 million in sales in November, a 32 percent increase from November sales the year before.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Getting into the Business of Cannabis

When thinking about the cannabis industry, most people don’t immediately consider the financial side of it.

The reality is that the legal marijuana business—medical and recreational—is a major industry in the United States, estimated at over $7.1 billion in total revenue for 2016. The ArcView Group, an investment firm with roots in the cannabis industry, estimates that gross sales could easily jump to over $10 billion annually within the next year. That is an almost unprecedented level of growth in any industry, to say nothing of the fact that “new industries” are harder to come by for those who want to get in on the ground floor. As a solid and reputable growth area, it’s still in its infancy, but cannabis has the potential to be an industry worth pursuing for budding entrepreneurs.

Investing in Cannabis Is Recession Proof

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