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Athletes And Cannabis Use
There is nothing new about athletes using cannabis products during or after their careers, but it is however becoming more common for them to speak out publicly about their marijuana use. Especially with more and more states legalizing different forms of cannabis for both medical and recreational use.
Whether it be CBD or THC based, a good number of pro athletes swear by cannabis for the success of their careers and games.
This is reasonable if you consider the vast benefits of medical marijuana, especially when it comes to pain management. It is clearly the better option for treating pain than opioids for a number of reasons. As the years go by and marijuana laws are constantly changing, smoking is not condemned as much as it once was.
Who are some of these athletes that have gone public with their marijuana use, you ask? Matt Barnes, now retired from the NBA, was quoted in an interview about it saying, “All my best games I was medicated.” Retired NFL player Shaun Smith was reportedly saying that marijuana use was widespread across the entire NFL. Not to mention Tiki Barber, the former running back of the New York Giants, is now investing in cannabis. Barber co-founded Grove Group Management, which was founded to focus on cannabis start-up businesses.
Some people prefer to smoke for the THC because they like the high that comes with the psychoactive compound. It is known to ease MS pain, Parkinson’s, glaucoma, etc. Others may want to avoid the high and go for CBD products. CBD is more widely legal and accessible across the country and recognized for reducing chronic pain by smoking or using CBD oils, creams, and other products.
However you prefer to ease the pain, you aren’t alone. Here is to looking forward to the future where stoners can exist in all sports, all positions, and all places of the country without reprimand or judgement.
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