Cannabis in Sports: Recovering From & Preventing Injury


Over the decades, athletes seem to have compiled a long track record of convictions for cannabis use. The NFL alone could be the subject of an entire entry. One of the most recognizable names includes running back Ricky Williams. After retiring, Ricky took his herbal studies to another level, training in both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine - two of the oldest forms of medicine on planet Earth. He is now the co-founder of Real Wellness. Offensive lineman Eugene Monroe became the first player to publicly request that the league cease testing for cannabis use, as he recognized it as a safe alternative to opioids when dealing with injuries. Tight End Nate Jackson told the L.A. Times:

“By the time I tore my groin off the bone, in 2007, I was medicating only with cannabis... The team doctors cheered the speed at which I was healing, but I couldn’t disclose to them all that I was experiencing — no pain, no inflammation, restful sleep, vigorous appetite, a clear head.”

It is all too common for NBA players to get busted with ganja. Stephen Jackson, Carmelo Anthony, Agent Zero, Starbury, and even Kareem just to toss out a few of the most notable. The herb, like hip-hop and rap music; is tightly knit into the culture surrounding the sport. It tends to be used more recreationally than anything else. Seldomly do these athletes use it as part of their rehab, let alone make a