Happy Weedsday, everyone!
The cannabis movement is growing by a larger and larger audience, day by day. I recently had the pleasure of spending time with a very well known, retired pro football player. At 27 years old, Eric Martin was forced to retire from a game he loves to play. During his career, he sustained three concussions. These head injuries will affect him for the rest of his life. That is not even figuring in the other bodily injuries he has sustained, as well. He, like the rest of other the players, were always given the standard remedy of some type opioids to deal with the pain and to keep him out on the field, playing football.
After beating up his body enough though, one day Eric woke up and had had enough. He gave up his pro football career to advocate for cannabis.
After all, he played and felt better when he used cannabis. So, as football players and other athletes who sustain injuries age, they find themselves trying to figure out how to take care of these injuries, long-term. Many of them do not find the relief they are seeking through opioids and other pharmaceutical routes. They find that the “Big Pharma” route actually complicates their lives and makes it worse with the chances of opioid addiction and the fact that these painkillers do not make any situation better. They cause more bodily complications than it could ever hope to help. More and more professional athletes are coming out in support of cannabis as their “go-to” for such things as pain, inflammation and other ailments.
Armed with an extensive amount of knowledge about cannabis as well their own experiences, Martin and others set out to change the stigma surrounding cannabis in the NFL and other sports leagues. They are calling on the National Football League to change its policies toward cannabis use. They assist in normalizing discussions about cannabis in public forums, speaking to student athletes and other adults in discussions of how cannabis helps one’s health and wellness — including (but not limited to) athletic injuries such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain condition associated with repeated blows to the head.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn from him. Thank you so much, Eric Martin, for sharing your time and experiences with me!