Joe Montana and Other NFL Players Support Medical Cannabis for Healing and Pain Relief
As the NFL ponders accepting the science that confirms the benefits of medical marijuana, some of their own have come out in praise of cannabis as a viable medicine.
Joe Montana, four-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer is one of eight former NFL players interviewed by Playboy magazine on the topic.
With legalization on the move globally, “I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant,” said Montana. “As with any medicine, increased accessibility comes with the need for education.”
In addition to pain relief, studies have also shown MMJ can alleviate the debilitating symptoms of the most dreaded results of playing football: CTE: chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which nearly all retired NFL players end up suffering.
For those NFL players compelled to abide by the league’s anti-cannabis rules, their only choice for pain relief is prescription painkillers, AKA addictive opiates.
Many are starting to find prescription opiates to be an unattractive option, or shall we say, a dangerous one.
Eben Britton, former offensive tackle with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears, toldPlayboy that after numerous injuries all over his body, he was taking handfuls of all sorts of prescription painkillers that made him feel “crazy or really angry.”
When Britton started using medical cannabis, it eased his pain and relieved his anxiety and the stress of being injured.
Joe Montana said the same thing. “It also put me in a state of healing and relief.”
And they dodged the opioid addiction bullet, which Trump somehow intends to solve by pushing for the death penalty for drug dealers and cracking down on illegal immigrants.
Trump unveiled his plan Monday in New Hampshire, where the opioid epidemic is raging with no end in sight.
Unfortunately, Trump’s plan offers little to change that.