Medical Cannabis for Sports

Can Medical Cannabis Help People Who Play Sports?

If you play sports, you have a great possibility of pain.

Sports figures are leading the way to accept Medical Cannabis as a pain-management solution.

Once opiates, alcohol, sleeping pills, and other kinds of body-numbing tools were not only supported but were pushed on the athletes by the truckload.

While that could lengthen the number of operational years for them, it left many athletes hooked after they were dropped with a pat on the back at the end of their career.

But this hasn’t stopped different sports figures from dabbling in Medical Cannabis to take care of their pains and other medical challenges.

Professional athletes are possibly the best possible ambassadors for an industry that would very much like you to know that they are not trying to sell you a good time, but something that will soon come to be categorized officially as medicine. A product that, with any luck, can help fix some of this nation’s biggest problems.

WADA Changes in January 2018

An interesting change has occurred starting January 1, 2018. Currently like cocaine and heroin, cannabis is banned during competition by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which oversees drug testing worldwide. However, As of January 1st, 2018, CBD will no longer feature on the WADA prohibited list.

This means the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will no longer be looking for evidence of CBD use or punishing athletes found to be using CBD, either in or out of the competition.

Chris Long – NFL [Retired]

During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, retired defensive end (and former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year) Chris Long admitted that he “enjoyed my fair share” of marijuana during his playing career.

“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to enjoy what I would not even call a drug — it’s far less dangerous than guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game,” Long said, via Yahoo Sports. “Chances are the player won’t even make it to the club [laughs] to do this sort of thing that we all kind of wag our finger at when we hear about a guy getting in a fight or getting a DUI, you’re never going to read about him sitting on the couch and binge-watching ‘Game of Thrones’ again.

“I think from a standpoint of what’s safer for people and the player, certainly people in the spotlight, it is far less harmful than alcohol, it is far less harmful than tobacco, and at various points in the league’s history, they have engaged in partnerships on different levels with those respective industries.”

The NFL suspended six players during the 2017/2018 NFL season, while the NBA suspended two players for Cannabis-related violations of the substance abuse policy. The policy requires a player to enter the Marijuana Program. A second violation results in a $25,000 fine and the player must re-enter the Marijuana Program.

The third Cannabis-related violation results in a five-game suspension and the player’s re-entry into the NBA’s Marijuana Program. A fourth (or any subsequent) violation involving Cannabis will result in a suspension that is five games longer than the player’s immediately preceding suspension.

Bill Walton – Basketball [1971-1974]

William Theodore Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards. He led the UCLA Bruins to two NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973.

Walton’s ex-wife Susie Walton, in an interview with the New York Times, said UCLA coach John Wooden told one of his star players he was allowed to smoke weed and still remain on the team. But his other teammates could not.

She says that despite Wooden’s reputation as a disciplinarian, he deferred to his star. ‘’Wooden let Bill smoke pot but not the other players,’’ she says, although Wooden denies it. ‘’It’s funny, but Bill never said Wooden was this wonderful guy then. Now he puts him on a pedestal. Bill is still searching for certitude in assertive father figures.’’

Wooden said this was never a team policy.

Like the NFL, the issue with the NBA drug policy comes back to the legality of marijuana and the wall between players having access to the potential health benefits and the continued punishment and fines for testing positive. While there is a myth that the NBA has a medical use exemption, this is not accurate or true. Michelle Roberts has stated that it is something being reviewed, but in her own words “we’re not there yet.”

Michael Phelps – Swimmer [February 2009]

Michael Fred Phelps II is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events.

In 2009, one year after the Beijing Summer Olympics, a photo of Michael Phelps [23-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming] using a bong at a University of South Carolina house party was released by the British tabloid News of the World. He lost two sponsorships from Rosetta Stone and AT&T after the incident.

Phelps would go on to win four gold medals and two silver medals at the 2012 London Games, and five gold medals and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games.

Since the 2014 Winter Olympics, athletes have not needed to worry about testing unless they are extreme users. Technically cannabis is included on the list of banned substances in competition, so, no, athletes cannot use it during the games.

Tanner Hall – Skier [February 2016]

Tanner was born in Kalispell, Montana where he grew up skiing at Big Mountain, now named Whitefish Mountain Resort, starting at age three. He joined the freestyle ski team at age 10, skiing moguls and aerials until age 15 when he moved to Park City, Utah to pursue freeskiing. His first major competition was the US Open in Vail, Colorado.

In 2016, THall [Professional Skier] became one of the first active athletes to be sponsored by a weed accessory company:

Black Rock Originals, a weed accessory brand, announced today that they are official sponsors of Tanner Hall, making this the “first official relationship between cannabis and active professional athletes.”

Nate Diaz – UFC Fighter [August 2016]

Nathan Donald “Nate” Diaz (born April 16, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Diaz is the younger brother of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and WEC Welterweight Champion, Nick Diaz.

Prior to signing with the UFC, Diaz competed in World Extreme Cagefighting, Strikeforce, and Pancrase. He has been in the UFC since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5. Openly used a CBD vape pen at a post-fight press conference.

 

“It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation and stuff like that,” he told reporters. “So you wanna get these for before after the fight. It’ll make your life a better place.”

Stephen Jackson – Former NBA player  [February 2017]

Last February, former NBA player Stephen Jackson admitted to smoking weed before games. Jackson told Rapaport on his podcast: I Am Rapaport.

“I just gotta be real, you know it’s been a couple of games where I smoked before games and had great games.”

“It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, ‘Please calm down. This high has to calm down.’ I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I’m going to be honest, like, ‘Ah, I gotta calm down,’” he added.

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