Former Hockey Star Riley Cote and His Love for Cannabis

Former Hockey Star Riley Cote and His Love for Cannabis

Cannabis, NHL, Pain

Americans are increasing their support for access to marijuana now more than ever. And it is not just medical marijuana – which has been legal in some parts of the country for some time now – but all cannabis. The story of Riley Cote, a former hockey player, is revealing in more than one way how marijuana can help top athletes. Hated by the opposing teams, this former strongman never hesitated to face adversity to defend his teammates. He is now a cannabis advocate.
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Pro Athletes Make the Case for Cannabis in Boston

Pro Athletes Make the Case for Cannabis in Boston

Business, Cannabis, MMA, NBA, NFL, NHL, Pain

As the struggles of current and former professional athletes have come under increased scrutiny in recent years—including traumatic brain injuries and reports linking contact sports with opioid abuse and mental health issues—sports stars assembled in Boston this week say one possible remedy is not getting the respect or airtime it deserves: marijuana.

“Most Americans are very affected by the stigma” of the drug, says Eben Britton, a retired offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears, and a founding member of the pro-marijuana nonprofit Athletes for Care. “I think that is beginning to change.”
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How Cannabis Helped NHL Enforcer Riley Cote Survive His Hockey Career

How Cannabis Helped NHL Enforcer Riley Cote Survive His Hockey Career

Cannabis, General, NHL

Professional hockey is one of the world’s most physically demanding sports. NHL players take a beating night in, night out for over 80 games a season.  Riley Cote, a former left winger for the Philadelphia Flyers, knows that pain all too well. During his eight years as an enforcer for the Flyers, Cote would often wake up sore and swollen after a night on the ice.

The former NHL brawler—Cote racked up more than 50 fights with the Flyers from 2006 to 2010—is extremely dedicated to clean medicine and botanical health and healing. And that body care regimen has long included cannabis.
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Op-Ed: Take it from me as a former NFL player: Pot is better for pain than opioids

Op-Ed: Take it from me as a former NFL player: Pot is better for pain than opioids

Cannabis, NFL

Pain is a constant in the game of football, and the National Football League has long relied on painkillers to keep its players on the field. This has made NFL locker rooms especially vulnerable to the opioid epidemic.

Former NFL players abuse opioid pain medications at four times the rate of the general population, according to a study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis. In recent years, the NFL has been the subject of Drug Enforcement Administration investigations and multiple lawsuits alleging that the league recklessly administered painkillers to its players.
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NFL Appears More Ready to Re-examine Its Marijuana Policy

NFL Appears More Ready to Re-examine Its Marijuana Policy

Cannabis, NFL, Pain

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote a two-part article about the NFL’s over reliance on prescription drugs for pain management and its inability to see how its own marijuana substance abuse policy was hurting its players instead of helping them.

At the time of that writing, the NFL’s stance was rigid and archaic. “Medical experts have not recommended making a change or revisiting our collectively-bargained policy and approach [between the NFL and NFL Players Association] related to marijuana, and our position on its use remains consistent with federal law and workplace policies across the country,” stated Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL.
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Should Football Players Use Pot for Pain?

Should Football Players Use Pot for Pain?

Cannabis, NFL

It’s the most popular game in America. There are big plays and crushing tackles from pee wee to the pros. Football is worth billions of dollars, but a new study questions the real cost.

The American Medical Association study of the brains of 111 former NFL players found chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 110 of them. The brain disease was found in 90-percent of all football players studied from the NFL to high school aged athletes.
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Can Cannabis Make You a Better Athlete?

Can Cannabis Make You a Better Athlete?

Business, Cannabis, General, MMA, NBA, NFL, NHL, Pain

“Cannabis is the perfect medicine for athletes,” says retired NFL offensive linemen Eben Britton over the phone, stating matter-of-factly what’s still, generally, considered taboo. (In the world of modern cannabis advocacy, you’re never talking about “weed,” “pot,” “marijuana,””or [insert slang term here]. It’s cannabis.)

“This is not some back-alley street drug,” he continues. “It’s a medicinal herb that provides the only potential solution to both concussions/CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and the opiate epidemic.”
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Retired NFL players back new Denver nonprofit advocating for medical marijuana

Retired NFL players back new Denver nonprofit advocating for medical marijuana

Business, Cannabis, General, NFL

During the day, the prescription opiates stung like a knife in Eben Britton’s gut. At night, cravings for the pills prescribed to manage pain caused by six years as a NFL offensive lineman roused him from his sleep.

But on this sunny Saturday morning in Denver’s Berekley Lake Park, Britton was all smiles, palming a rubber kickball he prepared to pitch in the Athletes For Care (A4C) kickball game during Denver’s 420 Games.
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Bas Rutten Believes In a Future Without Pharmaceuticals Thanks to CBD

Bas Rutten Believes In a Future Without Pharmaceuticals Thanks to CBD

Cannabis, General, MMA

One of the most outspoken champions of CBD oil is former UFC champion, Bas Rutten. Rutten likens the ignorance of CBD and medical marijuana to MMA in the old days — it took education and regulation for it to finally come into the mainstream. As he puts an addiction to oxycontin behind him thanks to CBD oil, we discussed athlete recovery without pharmaceuticals, getting over “legal weed” and a future that wholly embraces the healthy lifestyle that CBD offers.
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Athletes For Care Pushing Pain-Management Issues

Athletes For Care Pushing Pain-Management Issues

General, NFL, Pain

Like many NFL players, Todd Herremans used opioids and other painkillers as a way of dealing with pain. He cites his marijuana use, though, as a reason why he didn’t become addicted to painkillers as many of his peers did.

Herremans joined fellow NFL veterans Marvin Washington, Eben Britton and Nate Jackson for a panel Friday at the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo at David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Herremans, Washington, Britton and Jackson are members of the non-profit Athletes For CARE, which is dedicated to raising awareness of issues that affect former pro athletes, including chronic pain, alternative medicine and health issues such as CTE.
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