Sports & Cannabis: Are There Any Negative Effects of Weed on Athletes

Sports & Cannabis: Are There Any Negative Effects of Weed on Athletes

Are there any negative effects of weed on athletes? Just a few years ago, all anyone was concerned with was the potential adverse effects of cannabis on athletes. Boy, have times changed. Fast forward to 2018 and athletes across numerous sports — including the MMA’s Nick and Nate Diaz, podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, all-star MLB pitcher Tim Lincecum, a boatload of NFL players, and of course, pretty much every snowboarder who’s ever lived — have touted the benefits of cannabis as a performance and recovery enhancer. So let’s cut through the b.s. and do a deep (honest) dive on cannabis. Namely, we’ll address two fundamental questions: Are There Any Negative Effects of Weed on Athletes? Are There Any Positive Effects of Weed on Athletes? So as to not overhype cannabis as a panacea and elixir that can make you superhuman, we’ll first address the (potential) negative effects of weed on athletes. Then we’ll get into the good stuff! Are There Any Negative Effects of Weed on Athletes? Every drug, and we mean literally every drug, carries some risks. Moreover, most drugs can have dose-dependent opposing effects. In low to moderate doses, they can be helpful. Take too much, abuse a drug, then predictably, they can have adverse effects. Cannabis is no different. Most potential adverse effects, however, can be mitigated by responsible use. Let’s look at the most common. Smoking Is Bad for Your Lungs It should go without saying that smoking anything isn’t good for your lungs and could impede performance. To be clear, there’s no convincing evidence that cannabis carries anywhere close to the risks...
Jack Herer Review and History: Remembering The Emperor of Hemp

Jack Herer Review and History: Remembering The Emperor of Hemp

Jack Herer is a great strain, not just because of its impressive lineage, but because the man for whom the strain bears its namesake was a remarkable figure in the cannabis movement. Jack Herer was known as a feisty and tireless champion who fought for the rights we now enjoy. Herer’s seminal book, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes,” required reading. Anyone who cares about freedom. Learn about the man, his life’s work, and the eponymously named Jack Herer strain. As you read this Jack Herer review (of his life, work, and his namesake strain), remember that Jack was much more than the legendary cannabis strain that bears his name; he was a legend in cannabis activism. Jack was a genuine person, a pioneer. If not for Jack, we may not have legal cannabis. Or, at the very least, legalization would have taken much longer. Jack Herer Review: His Early Life Jack was born the youngest of three children on June 18, 1939, in New York City. His family later moved to Buffalo where he spent most of his formative years. Despite being incredibly bright, Jack dropped out of high school to join the Army and serve in Korea. After the Army and a stint as a painter, Jack and his family moved out to Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Surprisingly, despite coming up during the 1960s, Jack was no early adopter of weed. He came to cannabis much later than his peers. In fact, Jack was a conservative Barry Goldwater Republican and ended up leaving his first wife when she refused to stop smoking the reefer. Despite the...
High CBD Strains List: 5 of Our Favorite CBD Indicas, Sativas & Hybrids

High CBD Strains List: 5 of Our Favorite CBD Indicas, Sativas & Hybrids

Are you ready for our High CBD Strains List? Let’s first talk a little bit about what makes CBD so awesome! While not quite a panacea — of course, nothing is truly a panacea — CBD is considered a wonder drug thanks to its versatility in treating a wide range of conditions with few side-effects. Also, CBD has few to no psychotropic effects making it great for users who want the health benefits of CBD without getting totally “high.” In fact, CBD neutralizes the potentially undesirable effects of THC (e.g. heightened anxiety, paranoia, cognitive impairments). Both CBD and THC can produce incredible therapeutic benefits and the duo work together synergistically to amplify marijuana’s therapeutic effects. Moreover, not only is CBD not addictive, evidence suggests it may be valuable in treating addictions, from alcohol to opioids. Because Have a Heart believes strongly in the power of CBD, we always carry a remarkably diverse selection of high-CBD products. We assembled a list of five of our favorites, which was no easy task given how many incredible high-CBD strains now exist! The High CBD Strains List Here are five of our favorites: CBD Critical Mass Untrimmed Dream City Indica-Dominant 9.4% CBD 5.5% THC Critical Mass from Dream City is an intriguing high-CBD strain, perfectly balanced at 2:1 CBD to THC (9.4% CBD 5.5% THC). While it grows like a Sativa, it flowers like an Indica, and being 80% Indica, it is an unmistakable Indica-dominant strain. From its humble beginnings, it was bred specifically to maximize medicinal benefits. CBD Critical Mass is touted as being effective in treating anorexia, depression, inflammation, insomnia, muscle...
Cheers! 5 Unique Bars Around Belltown WA

Cheers! 5 Unique Bars Around Belltown WA

Gather your friends and get some much needed relief from the daily stressors of life. We highlight 5 favorite Belltown WA Bars. Each pub has its own unique atmosphere – whether it be the selection, bartender’s personality, or the theme. Dive in and learn more about these unique Belltown WA bars. Top 5 Unique Belltown WA Bars Some Random Bar One of the more popular bars in Belltown, Some Random Bar rarely disappoints.  Patrons rave about the creative and tasty selection of cocktails.  Not in the mood for a mixed drink? You can find a good selection of wine and craft beer here as well. That’s not all, they also serve some top-notch food.  Among the favorites are the crab nachos and flaky garlic pull-apart bread.  This place has all you could ask for in a cocktail bar. Rabbit Hole This bar boasts cheap brews, food, and entertainment for everyone.  Grab a generously priced beer and then test your knowledge with trivia on Mondays or show off your arm with Skee Ball tournaments on Tuesday. Hungry?  Traditional bar grub, sandwiches and burgers are available.  The nachos and jalapeno poppers come highly recommended. To top it all off, customers particularly enjoy the atmosphere and friendly service. Jupiter Bar One of the more unique bars you’ll find in Belltown, Jupiter Bar combines art with good beer and pinball.  Yep, you read that right. The walls are lined with pinball machines and beautiful murals.  If you’re lucky enough, you’ll even catch live art being created. This atmosphere is only improved by the extremely personable staff and delectable sandwiches.  If you’re Belltown, check...
Seattle’s 7 Best Cannabis Concentrates

Seattle’s 7 Best Cannabis Concentrates

Since the arrival of legalization, dabbing has become a Seattle pastime, and concentrate producers in this city have exceeded the game in terms of quality and potency. Few cities can match the distinct variety of cannabis extracts and concentrates available, from designer waxes to vape cartridges to high-class syringes – whatever your need, Seattle delivers. Here are 7 of the best concentrates in Seattle to give you a head start on your search. The 7 Best Concentrates in Seattle Doc Croc’s Croc Tears Doc Croc’s has been in the business for a while, and their experience shows. The marijuana growers and extract producers claim their origins in Australia, so these concentrates have a slight taste of the outback to them. Each Doc Croc product is guaranteed to be premium quality, and their syringes are no different; lovingly labeled “Croc Tears”, these oral applicators are extremely potent, testing at a mind-blowing 99% THC on average. These are perfect for subtle dosing, but be careful—99% THC is nothing to scoff at. Harmony Farms Cartridges Nothing goes better with cannabis than vaping, and now you can tackle both at the same time with these Harmony Farms Cartridges. Harmony Farms is a phenomenal cannabis grower located in Lacey, Washington, mostly known for their excellent flower and particular strains like Gorilla Glue, AK-47, and Blackberry Kush. However, the discerning consumer will want to check out their wide selection of cannabis cartridges, which come in strains like Lavender Trainwreck and Guadalupe. These vapes are super powerful though, so beware: each tests at about 80% THC. Sweetwater Farms Waxes With a name like Sweetwater Farms, it...
9 Ways to Celebrate 4/20 in Seattle for 2018

9 Ways to Celebrate 4/20 in Seattle for 2018

With 420 nearly upon us, it seems an appropriate time to explore 420 friendly places in Seattle. Sadly, public consumption of cannabis in Seattle (and the whole state of Washington) is still illegal. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t toke up before you attend one of these 420 friendly places. This 4/20 has plenty of events to keep you entertained. Before you go to any of these events, be sure to stop by our Have a Heart location in Belltown and take advantage of one of our 4/20 specials. For information on Have a Heart events, visit our event calendar. Below is a list of our top picks for 420 friendly places in Seattle hosting parties and other events. EDM & DJs Cannabass, Babylon System Where: Substation (Map) @ 645 NW 45th St, Seattle, WA 98107 Time: Fri April 20, 10 pm–3:59 am Cost: $10 Facebook Event Page Prepare for the hottest bass-heavy EDM and reggae-inspired beats by Cannabass and Babylon System. Other featured guest sets include Jason Curtis, MBM, Eazeinthebreeze, Root For The Villain, Dot Diggler, Agate, Dado, Nofux Gibbons, and Jimi Jaxon. Sleepless 4/20: Ketafere, Guests Where: Contour (map) Pioneer Square, 807 First Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104 Time: Fri April 20, 10 pm 21+ Cost: $10 Facebook Event Get your groove on to the eclectic sets by Mastermind, Rndm Chld, Envymatic, Big Boppa, Jaffar, Luck Dragon, and a guest set from Ketafere. Live Music & Parties 420 Fest Where: Culture Yard (map) 120 N 35th Street Seattle. WA 98103 Time: Fri 4/20, 3:00 PM Cost: Free for Hempfest Members, (Members-only event. Membership starts at $15) Event Website Seattle HEMPFEST®...