Why some athletes endorse the use of cannabis extracts
Marijuana remains illegal, but athletes still use it and its derivatives. Can it really enhance their potential and performance?
According to High Times, cannabis can relieve athletes of anxiety before games. A lot of us expect them to perform at a high level at all times and the pressure sometimes gets to them. After all, they are still humans, too.
Once cannabis enters the bloodstream, the effects of endocannabinoid can be felt, and it brings calm to the mind and body.
In a highly physical sports such as American football, NFL players swear cannabis helps them get through the games. The recently retired Martellus Bennett, who played for New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, claims that about 89 percent of current NFL players use marijuana.
Medical marijuana is allowed in some states where an NFL team is based and players are looking for an effective alternative to relieve body pains. For Bennett, relying too much on prescription pills is more dangerous.
“You don’t want to be popping pills all the time. There are anti-inflammatory drugs you take so long that they start to eat at your liver, kidneys and things like that. A human made that. God made weed,” he added.
One of the leading companies in cannabis industry is PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN). The massive success of its subsidiary Diamond CBD helped the company eclipsed revenue mark this year. Q1 financial results revealed that POTN recorded 283 percent revenue surge compared to the same period in 2017. With the strong financial performance in 2018, the company has effectively reduced its debt to only $1.2 million.
Retired NFL player and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor collaborated with Diamond CBD to produce Lawrence Taylor Pain Master CBD Cream. The topical cream helps ease the pain in areas connected to high-intensity sports and activities. This makes it ideal for all types of athletes and even non-athletes.
Under the NFL rules, a player will be suspended if he fails to pass drug test twice. If a player passes the first test, he will not undergo another drug test for a year. While marijuana remains on the league’s banned list, Commissioner Roger Goodell admits they are looking for possibilities of its applications.
Studies suggest that cannabis use can regenerate brain cells in mice. Experts are trying to find out if it can help combat chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease often suffered by NFL players long after they retired from the game.
Last year, a poll among Americans revealed that most of them approve of marijuana use by athletes to relieve pain. CNN reports that 67 percent of those polled think that opioid painkillers are far more dangerous than medical marijuana. As more states are legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, the negative stigma surrounding it is decreasing.
Aside from NFL players, MMA fighters are also apparently supporters of marijuana use. Nick and Nate Diaz are famous for promoting marijuana use, but they often face the burden of suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. Nick was initially slapped with a five-year suspension, which was later reduced to 18 months. Former champion Ronda Rousey laments the suspension. She calls weed “not a performance enhancing drug” and supports the reduced suspension to Nick Diaz.
In the world of basketball, Bill Walton, the father of Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, has always expressed his positive views on marijuana use. This just proves that CBD products and marijuana use are beneficial to athletes even if they have long been retired and one of the reasons why athletes at the top level are clamoring for its legalization.