Kevin Durant lobbied for the NBA’s new CBA to eliminate marijuana from the prohibited substances list, saying smoking marijuana is ‘like wine at this point’
Back in June, a new collective bargaining agreement between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its players union was finalized, eliminating marijuana from the league’s list of prohibited substances.
NBA collective bargaining agreement signed
Kevin Durant among players who lobbied for new CBA
Regardless of the NBA previous NBA restrictions, players across the league would still indulge in smoking cannabis or other marijuana-related substances.
Last month, Kevin Durant, told reporters that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could literally smell weed on him as he lobbied to end the ban on the popular drug, which is now legal for recreational use in 23 US states, three US territories and the capital Washington DC – but its use and possession remains illegal under federal law.
“He smelled it when I walked in, so I didn’t really have to say much, you know what I’m saying?” Durant said in an interview. The 34-year-old added that the drug is so commonly used in the league “it’s like wine at this point”.
Obviously, eliminating testing on marijuana-related substances in the NBA is a massive change to league policy. Giving the players to use alternatives to painkillers is always the right move and now, allowing them to invest in cannabis companies provides another avenue of income.
“I just enjoy the plant,” said Durant, who has invested in several cannabis-related companies. “It’s as simple as that.”
NBA Players can now support and invest in cannabis businesses
The new NBA collective bargaining agreement allows players to support and invest in cannabis businesses. Players will be permitted to “hold a direct or indirect ownership interest (whether controlling or non-controlling) in an entity that produces or sells CBD Products,” which is defined as cannabis containing up to 0.3 percent THC by dry weight.
What is CBD?
The second most common cannabinoid in the marijuana plant is CBD (cannabidiol). It comes from the hemp plant and is frequently regarded as a distant relative of THC. It can aid with chronic pain, anxiety, tension, insomnia, and much more, but it doesn’t have the same euphoric effects as other THC substitutes like HHC, Delta 8, Delta 10, and THCO.
Because CBD, which is legal in all 50 states, can help with everything that weed can without rendering you incapable of functioning, many people gravitate towards it. There is no practical method to make CBD illegal in the United States because it is entirely separate from regular cannabis, unlike products like Delta 8 and Delta 10.
CBD vapes, for example, are popular products because you’ll experience the effects more rapidly as it is being inhaled through the lungs. The CBD is swiftly absorbed into your bloodstream and transported to your brain, producing a high much more quickly. Many individuals use CBD to treat chronic pain and irritability because it is so beneficial for the body.
For individuals who want the physical effects of marijuana without becoming “high” in their heads, CBD is a fantastic substitute. There is no danger of overdosing on CBD and “greening out,” making it an excellent treatment for any form of discomfort.
With the new collective bargaining deal in place, NBA players will now be able to utilize CBD for treatments along with other marijuana-related substances without ramifications.