I have been meaning to get to this story for some time, and now that the NFL season is upon us and in full swing, I ask you: Why not now, why not us? Let's dive right in and talk about nanograms, metabolites, and milliliters of blood, shall we? These new "buzzwords" or "stats" can be just as important to today's NFL player as touchdowns scored, yards per catch, quarterback ratings, and sacks. Let's run through some of these cannabis stats and figure out what this means.
According to sources within the NFL Players Union, the NFL is discussing the possibility of lowering the threshold for a positive THC test to 150 nanograms of metabolites per one milliliter of blood. If approved, that would mean that players could toke pretty much up until the day before a game and still be able to pass any drug test. This would essentially take away the league's anti-pot stance.
The current policy sets the nanogram limit at 15 nanograms for every milliliter of blood, which could in turn snag players up to several weeks after they last fired up. The change in policy would align the NFL with the current (WADA) World Anti Doping Agency specifications. WADA is the controlling body for all that hardcore olympic testing that seemingly snares an endless line of athletes every Olympic Games. To give you a comparison, Major League Baseball has a 50 nanogram limit per one milliliter of blood for its players.
This news comes a little too late for players like Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver that was recently suspended for a full season for testing positive at 16 nanograms per milliliter of blood. So close, Josh, those a-holes wouldn't even let you slide on one nanogram? I'm not even really sure what a nanogram is, but it does not sound like a lot. Joe Thomas, a teammate of Josh Gordon, summed it up best. Thomas said he isn't going to defend Gordon's actions, but the NFL's policy is, and I quote, "a load of crap." I couldn't agree more, Mr. Thomas.