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‘I wake up and I’m a baby’: an NFL star’s journey into ayahuasca

The former Jets and Cardinals player says a series of hallucinogenic trips he took as part of a documentary helped him understand himself more deeplyIt was a few hours into his first ayahuasca treatment that Kerry Rhodes vomited a foetus into a bucket …

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CBS refuses to run Super Bowl ad for medical marijuana

Acreage Holdings ‘disappointed but not surprised’ by newsMarijuana now legal in some form in 33 US statesCBS has rejected a Super Bowl television ad calling for the legalization of medical marijuana sponsored by one of the largest cannabis investment c…

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Sport doping study revealing wider usage published after ‘scandalous’ delay

Almost six-year wrangle delays release of anonymous surveys done after elite athletics events in 2011, in which 57% of competitors doing admitted doping compared to under 4% in Wada resultsA controversial study suggesting that doping in sport is far mo…

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AFL backs its drugs code despite Chris Yarran’s ice ordeal

  • Yarran admits drugs were to blame for his retirement from AFL
  • Challenges similar to Chris Yarran’s ice addiction common, says AFLPA

Gillon McLachlan believes the AFL’s illicit drugs policy provides an avenue to treatment despite revelations ice ruined Chris Yarran’s career, after the 119-gamer revealed ice addiction put an end to his career, with all efforts including $1,000-a-night rehabilitation failing to help him.

The 26-year-old, who claims to now be on the road to recovery, quit the AFL in late 2016 before playing a game for Richmond, having suffered a series of injuries after being traded from Carlton the previous year. “I went from a fit, healthy athlete to a slob … I started to miss training because I didn’t want to be seen in the messed-up state I was in,” Yarran said.

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Mexico captain Rafael Márquez sanctioned over alleged drug ties

  • Former Barcelona defender one of 22 people punished
  • Move comes after investigation into drug trafficking organisation

The Mexico football captain Rafael Márquez is among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the United States Treasury announced Wednesday.

The Treasury said in a statement that it will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a football team and casino. The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez.

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Newmarket drugs claim sparks furore but writer stands by racing expose

Chris Humpleby says he hoped to highlight plight of teenagers dreaming of riding race horses but end up lonely and vulnerable

It is the national headquarters of thoroughbred breeding and training, a historic country town where 2,600 resident horses are so important they have priority over cars on the street.

But it was not equine athleticism being talked about in whispered tones in Newmarket this week but allegations of a “murky undercurrent of vice” fuelling the sport of kings.

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Newmarket mayor aghast at horse racing community drug claims

Writer’s competition-winning article highlighting Suffolk town’s undercurrent of vice dismissed as ‘drivel’

An article highlighting “the murky undercurrent of vice” in Newmarket has caused ructions in the horse racing world, with the mayor dismissing as drivel the notion that the Suffolk town is awash with drugs.

Written by 26-year-old Chris Humpleby, More to Newmarket Than Meets the Eye won a Martin Wills award, a competition for young people writing on horse racing themes. Humpleby, a racing secretary to the trainer Roger Varian, discussed the temptations of betting and drinking in Newmarket among young hopefuls in the racing world during long lunches and afternoons. The article was printed in Sunday’s Racing Post.

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Meldonium inventor says more athletes should take the drug – video

Ivars Kalvinš, the inventor of the drug at the centre of the Maria Sharapova doping row, says the medication is taken by ‘a lot of athletes at the top level’ and blames the banning of the substance on ‘political reasons’. According to Kalvinš, mildronate, commonly known as meldonium, is intended to protect the heart from strain during physical activity and would not lead to an increase in performance

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Pair charged over cocaine trafficking syndicate linked to rugby league players

Gold Coast pair charged with drug possession in same investigation that led to charges for Queensland Reds’ Karmichael Hunt and several rugby league players

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling under scrutiny for allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide. But what exactly is it?

• Legal high is sometimes known as ‘hippy crack’
• Drug was second most popular among young adults in 2013/14
• Is the growth in nitrous oxide misuse a laughing matter?
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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling under scrutiny for allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide. But what exactly is it?

• Legal high is sometimes known as ‘hippy crack’
• Drug was second most popular among young adults in 2013/14
• Is the growth in nitrous oxide misuse a laughing matter?
• Sterling facing Liverpool reprimand over nitrous oxide video Continue reading…




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Karmichael Hunt initially charged with supplying cocaine to himself

Exclusive: Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission uses obscure legal ‘fiction’ to justify supply charge before rugby star pleads guilty to possession

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Lance Armstrong appears in drug-themed music video – clip

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong appears in a drug-themed music video by the band Future User. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, is seen in the video for the song Mountain Lion talking on the phone to a man inj…

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Why a Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win would be a win for weed

The head coaches of the Patriots and Seahawks represent opposite poles in the argument around marijuana use in the NFL Continue reading…

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Marijuana: the new and improved runner’s high, or just a trick of the mind?

Some marathon runners claim cannabis helps manage stress, cramps and nausea during runs and relaxes them after, but the verdict from scientists is inconclusive

Dedicated runners, like climbers, cultists and fanatics of any inclination, will pursue a trend or perceived advantage in their chosen avocation to a relentless degree – sometimes even into a haze of marijuana smoke.

Chasing that edge, some marathon runners – and their possibly masochistic comrades, ultramarathon runners – have taken up marijuana, as the Wall Street Journal recently documented. For years, runners have debated the benefits and drawbacks of cannabis on their performance and recovery, albeit without much scientific input and with a great deal of “asking for a friend”.

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Karmichael Hunt initially charged with supplying cocaine to himself

Exclusive: Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission uses obscure legal ‘fiction’ to justify supply charge before rugby star pleads guilty to possession

Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) originally charged football star Karmichael Hunt with supplying cocaine to himself.

Guardian Australia can reveal that the basis of the CCC’s initial case against Hunt was an obscure legal “fiction” under Queensland law that allows drug customers to be held liable for organising their own supply.

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DEA agents raid three NFL teams after Sunday games

  • 49ers, Seahawks and Buccaneers staff checked after games
  • Investigation is into former players’ claims on prescription drugs

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Former Brazil striker Adriano charged over alleged links to Rio drug lord

32-year-old accused of aiding a dealer in Rio favela Striker denied allegations which emerged in 2010 Adriano had been negotiating comeback with Le Havre Continue reading…

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Doping and the 1966 World Cup

Last year a report suggested that traces of amphetamines had been found in the urine of the West German team who competed in the 1966 World Cup. Vanessa Heggie uncovers the history of this claim, and the surprising role of British football in the scien…

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Police called in over drug scandal at major football club in England

Police called over suspicions of regular class-A drug use Allegations involve at least one high-profile figure Continue reading…