With marijuana legalization and decriminalization moving forward in the USA, it’s becoming more acceptable in different professional fields. And sports is one of them. The use of marijuana is especially popular among members of football clubs, even professional ones. But the increasing use of it cannot be limited to football players only. Cannabis use is common in all sports.
One of the main reasons pro-athletes are using marijuana is pain relief along with relaxation before and after competitions. There’s no proof of cannabis having direct performance-enhancing effects. Thus, weed is considered to be a calming doping product.
Still, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency has included cannabinoids on the list of prohibited substances.
Despite the prohibition, there are many professional athletes who don’t hide the use of marijuana, actively advocate for it and even become cannabis entrepreneurs.
Are you sure that weed slows down? Pro ultra-marathoner Avery Collins from Colorado uses marijuana during his 100 to 200-mile trainings. He states that the right dosage of marijuana takes the stress out of running. Also, it serves as a great post-race, post-run remedy. Although Collins doesn’t take part in official events, cannabis is an essential part of every race he runs. He’s even sponsored by cannabis companies like Roll-Uh-Bowl and Mary’s Medicinals.
Rob Van Dam
It’s no secret that becoming a pro wrestling champion requires harsh and painful trainings. ECW and WWE champion Rob Van Dam believes that cannabis is an important part of a training routine that he uses either to chill out or relax, as well as – to be more active. After being shortly suspended from the WWE after the 2006 marijuana charges, Van Dam said that cannabinoids had helped him to stay focused during the matches.
Some pros turn from being stars to cannabis industry entrepreneurs. Former NBA player Cliff “Uncle Cliffy” Robinson who received the NBA suspension in 2006 for the violation of league’s cannabis policy is another passionate marijuana advocate. Not only Robinson actively advocates for weed, but also – has launched a cannabis sports brand called “Uncle Spliffy”. His brand has themed apparel, athletic-focused cannabis products, and a monthly membership club. Robinson looks at marijuana as a substance for relaxing and hopes that NBA suspensions concerning cannabis use will become softer.
The former American football offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has never hidden his pro-cannabis attitude. First, he harshly criticized the National Football League for not allowing players to use medical marijuana. Then, he donated $80,000 to a campaign “When the Bright Lights Fade” helping to fund a research on cannabis’s potential for athletes. Although Monroe retired from playing due to serious injuries, he promised not to stop pushing for the NFL to accept medical marijuana as an option for pain relief.
The Canadian pro snowboarder struck gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics. However, Ross was disqualified soon after his blood test came out positive for marijuana. Luckily for him, it turned out that cannabis is not on the official Olympics list of banned substances, and he won his medal back. But that’s not Ross’ only gold. He also owns a medical cannabis company called “Ross’ Gold” offering several medical cannabis strains, as well as cannabis user accessories – vapes, pipes, apparel, and more. Ross also educates others on the health benefits of medical marijuana and how they relate to training, injuries, stress, and pain management.
Phelps is one of the most famous athletes who has come outside the closet admitting that he smokes weed. The USA all-time leading medalist with 28 Olympic medals was caught on tape in 2009, only 3 months after his historic 8 gold medal wins in Beijing. As a result, Phelps was suspended for several months. However, the scandal was short-lived and didn’t stop him from succeeding later. He claims that cannabis didn’t affect his ability to excel. Thus, proving that daily marijuana users still can be functional and successful in their lives.
Even though cannabis use is still illegal in most professional sports, pro athletes like these are slowly changing the view on health benefits of marijuana in the vast world of sports. It will definitely take long until a home run but until the advocacy continues at least things won’t stop moving in a positive direction.
- Posted by Zion420.com
- On April 27, 2018
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