Suddenly former and current professional basketball and football players are now openly advocating for medical marijuana and/or cannabidiol to help players get through pain without opioid pain killers, relieve anxiety, and recover more quickly.
For NFL players, the issue focuses on concussions. An NFL spokesman has revealed that the NFL now acknowledges a “possible link” between football concussions and CTE, which until recently the NFL had stubbornly completely refuted.
CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that boxers often experience. The issue of CTE has been tossed about in sports journalism circles after a few scientists had discovered CTE in brains from the cadavers of deceased NFL players donated by family members.
As the research progressed with brains donated by bereaved family members, 87 out of 91 were conclusively diagnosed as CTE. And their near to end of life stories followed similar patterns of losing their minds, sometimes going homeless, sometimes killing themselves and others.
This is what sparked the cannabis movement among NFL players. The NFL has made some effort at reducing CTE incidences by enforcing stricter policies regarding concussions. And the cannabis that’s promoted is from the plant, not a dangerous pharmaceutical formula such as the one that put someone in a coma during that drug’s trial.
True Example: Cannabis Heals Incurable Brain Damage
Twenty-two years ago, Debbie Wilson was struck down in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant by a pick-up truck. Upon impact, she was knocked to the ground head first and then the driver inadvertently backed up over her.
This accident was the beginning of her 22-year journey into unbearable darkness, despair and disability. Initially she struggled with common traumatic brain injury symptoms including forgetfulness, migraines, nightmares, time distortion, depression, paranoia, anxiety and balance problems.
Several years later, Debbie was diagnosed with epilepsy and suffered from seizures, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, chronic depression, anxiety and type 2 diabetes. A cocktail of pharmaceuticals proved ineffective and caused numerous deleterious side effects including damage to her intestines.
In 2010, Debbie was desperate enough to give cannabis a try, a last-ditch effort to find some relief. Within weeks of smoking weed, Debbie noticed a significant improvement in her symptoms.