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The Daily Buzz: September 18, 2014

The NFL is finally relaxing its marijuana policy; study links PTSD and food addiction in women; and Facebook investor says everyone who works at Twitter is high.

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The NFL Is Finally Relaxing Its Pot Policy
The National Football League has kept up a stance on pot that would’ve made Nancy Reagan proud. But the league is reportedly finally revising its drug policies. Under new regulations, players still will be screened and penalized for using marijuana, but suspensions will require a higher number of failed tests than for other substances, like cocaine and the threshold for a positive pot test will more than double.

Study Finds Links Between PTSD and Food Addiction in Women
Women with the most severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely to be psychologically dependent on food, a new study has found. This doesn’t necessarily indicate causality, but researchers say it could support the idea “that people’s weight status is not just a symptom of willpower and education. There may be psychological factors in play too.”

Is Marijuana More Addictive Than Alcohol?
It has been difficult to accurately study marijuana’s potential for misuse and dependence as it compared to alcohol, since one was illegal and the other wasn’t. Current research suggests that alcohol is about twice as likely as pot to lead to dependence (and nicotine is twice as addictive as alcohol).

Facebook Investor Says Everyone at Twitter Is Stoned
Here is a thing that happened between two adults: Peter Thiel, a major Facebook investor, has thrown shade at competing social media site Twitter by accusing everyone at the company of being high. “It’s a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there,” he said. An investor from team Twitter tweeted the response: ”I’ve never met Peter but this is so nasty, silly and wrong.” Then both billionaires stomped back to their mansions and slammed the doors.

Princess Bride Actor Details André the Giant’s “Extraordinary” Drinking Ability
Wrestler, actor and legendarily large human André the Giant, who died of heart failure in 1993, drank heavily to medicate the physical pain caused by his enormous size. His co-star in The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes, says the 7-foot-4, over-500-pound star “could consume 100 beers in one sitting.” But despite his heavy boozing, “[alcohol] didn’t affect him at all,” says Elwes. “He didn’t flub a line or miss a day. The guy could handle his liquor, let me tell ya.” It certainly would have been hard to carry him home.