I know I'm usually the guy blogging about growing weed, but today, on the holiest of holy days for NFL fans, I can’t help but to give my two cents on today’s Super Bowl bonanza.
First, of all, let’s state what anyone who is already reading HIGH TIMES is thinking: With both teams hailing from recreationally legal states for marijuana, it begs the question, “How many of the players will be high while playing in the big game?”
You might think this is a silly and cliché HIGH TIMES-type question, but I have some inside information. Specifically -- and without blowing up anyone’s spot -- I know for a fact that players on both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos use marijuana medicinally and recreationally. I know what you’re thinking and you’re right -- there are players on every one of the NFL’s 32 teams that smoke weed and smoke it regularly. So big deal, right?
It actually is a big deal. At least this year it is.
It's a big deal because when the Super Bowl is on its biggest stage here in New York, it seems serendipitous that the ultimate “PR stunt” for our “Legalize Marijuana Movement” has happened naturally and organically. So much so that everyone from sports broadcasters to national news programs to players and even coaches are asking and fielding questions about the role of marijuana in sports (Check out Pete Carroll’s press conference discussing medical marijuana in football).
And it's even more like destiny when all this coincides with a significant time in the NFL’s history. Currently, the league is mulling options to prevent -- and help in the recovery of -- concussions and other head injuries the athletes sustain while playing the world’s most violent sport.
We are currently in our infancy when it comes to learning about the various cannabinoids and terpenoids that make up our strain genotypes, and we probably know just as little about how the human brain functions, recovers and repairs on a neurological and molecular level. However, we know cannabis can help, medically speaking, certain brain disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We also know that many veterans (particularly in Israel) use marijuana to treat symptoms. Of course, cannabis also helps battle depression and insomnia -- byproducts of concussions -- as well as help fight pain and act as an anti-inflammatory.
We have gone from a dozen or so medical marijuana states two years ago, to having over 20 medical states, two recreationally legal states, and a national movement that sees the most extravagantly and expensively billed TV event of the year -- the Super Bowl -- talking about medical marijuana in the game of football. This is truly amazing.
And while the game is played in my home state, I’ll still be sitting on couch as always without a ticket. And while my team sits idly by while my quarterback’s older brother, Peyton, plays in our stadium for the championship, I do not feel saddened in the least. In fact, somehow, I feel like this is may be the best Super Bowl of all-time because, in the end, I don’t care about football as much as I do about cannabis (Sorry, Big Blue!). I’ve dedicated my life to cannabis and while football may be a close second, I certainly don't mind that the NFL is sharing a small piece of their stage with our movement.
For sure, this is a day I thought I would never see. Congratulations to every single one of you who is reading this right now: You all have been part of a movement that is the true champion of super bowls.
Thanks for reading everyone and remember: Grow… And help the world grow, too!
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