Former Broncos Play Kickball For Cannabis

Former Broncos Play Kickball For Cannabis

Cannabis, NFL, Pain

The 4/20 Games at Infinity Park, an annual event to raise money and awareness for cannabis-infused healthy living, were in full swing by mid-morning on Saturday. The event’s second go-round in Denver aimed to combat the plant’s stigma by promoting an active and healthy cannabis lifestyle, partnering with Athletes for Care, or A4C — a nonprofit simultaneously raising awareness about health issues faced by professional athletes, de-stigmatizing cannabis use and helping retired jocks transition into new lives.
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Former Star Athletes Vouch for Cannabis Use to Manage Pain

Former Star Athletes Vouch for Cannabis Use to Manage Pain

Cannabis, NFL, NHL, Pain

They reached the highest levels in sports and struggled with the injuries that go along with it. Now, a few former star athletes are making the case for cannabis as a safe and effective alternative to managing pain as opposed to prescription medications. The NFL has strict punishments for players caught using pot, like Todd Herremans when he was with the Eagles.

“I had to do whatever I could to stay on the field and produce,” he recalled.  He turned to what the league allowed: “opioids, sleeping pills, anti-inflammatories, and a lot of alcohol.”  But those took a toll of his body, further damaging it over two years.
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Athletes Are Leading Cannabis Into the Mainstream

Athletes Are Leading Cannabis Into the Mainstream

Cannabis, MMA, NBA, NFL, NHL, Pain

The bottle stared at Cullen Jenkins for two weeks untouched on his nightstand, and he stared back at it. “I thought I was going to be high,” Jenkins says. “I thought I was going to be just tripping the same things as weed. But it wasn’t anything like that. It’s more of a mellow, calming, smooth feeling. I felt pretty good.”

Within just two months of trying Fresh Farms CBD Oil, Jenkins is already a cannabis evangelist. This past NFL season was his first out of football. As the season began, he worked out and digested tape, believing he might be signed by an NFL team at any time. Jenkins started 138 games as an NFL defensive tackle across 13 seasons. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers. Including his high school days, Jenkins had played competitive football for nearly 20 years. But after being cut by Washington in 2016, teams didn’t call and Jenkins felt listless.
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How MMA Legend Frank Shamrock Used Meditation to Prep for Fights

How MMA Legend Frank Shamrock Used Meditation to Prep for Fights

Meditation, MMA

Meditation—described as a deep inner peace occurring when the mind can be rendered calm and silent—has been an integral part of mixed martial arts legend Frank Shamrock’s training regimen since he made his 1994 pro debut in Tokyo.

This underutilized practice aids in recovery—it’s been proven to help reduce pain, stress, and anxiety and to improve sleep. But it can also be employed as a pregame motivator, the way the 45-year-old former UFC middleweight champ has used it his entire career. This includes his return to the ring this past October to face nemesis Kazushi Sakuraba.
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Athletes For Care and Phivida Announce Pending Partnership

Athletes For Care and Phivida Announce Pending Partnership

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

Phivida Holdings Inc. is pleased to report the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Athletes for Care, Inc. (A4C). Terms of the LOI pertain to a prospective partnership in cannabinoid education and research with professional and amateur level athletics.

The agreement comes equipped with an exclusivity to Phivida as the sole health-based cannabinoid infused beverage brand partner of A4C, contingent on a focus group trial sample from the inaugural Phivida beverage production run. This partnership will seek to position the pending Phivida line of products as the premier global leader in CBD infused functional foods and beverages.
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How CBD Helped Me Overcome My Addiction to Pain Pills

How CBD Helped Me Overcome My Addiction to Pain Pills

Cannabis, MMA, Pain

As fight fans know, I used to be a professional Mixed Martial Artist. After seven years of not competing professionally, they asked me if I wanted to fight for a lot of money. Sure, why not? I wanted to have a pool in my yard, so I took the fight. I had no injuries, so I thought everything would be okay.

For about six weeks I was good, then every single injury that stopped my career in the first place—all of them and then some—came back with a vengeance. To deal with the pain, I started taking Norco, just one before a workout. The day of the fight I took one in the morning. I didn’t want to have my head in a cloud when I was fighting that day, so I took it at like 10am.
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8 Former NFL Players Share Their Thoughts on Cannabis

8 Former NFL Players Share Their Thoughts on Cannabis

Cannabis, General, NFL

I’m meeting up with a huge—massive, actually—former National Football League player. He’s smiling, clearly doing fine, not in acute pain. We’re here to talk about weed, maybe even share a joint. “Thanks for meeting me,“ he says. “We really need to get this story out there. The best way to get things done is through a collaborative effort.”

This footballer’s story goes something like this: At one point during his career, he suffered a serious injury that required surgery. His coach wanted him to get back on the field as soon as possible, so he opted for a shorter rehabilitation period than the one recommended. He asked his doctor for strong painkillers to deal with the “discomfort.”
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A Touchdown for Treatment Options

A Touchdown for Treatment Options

Cannabis, General, NFL, Pain

Imagine, if you will, what it’s like to be an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL).

You line up in a state of catlike readiness, and the moment the quarterback snaps the ball, a wall of 300-pound behemoths comes plowing toward you. Your job—your only job—is to keep these monsters from getting past you for the crucial few seconds it takes the quarterback to throw or hand the ball off. Then do it 40 or 50 more times a game.

Now imagine doing it stoned. It’s not exactly the mellow experience most cannabis consumers enjoy. For former NFL offensive tackle Eben Britton, however, using cannabis was a way to combat the pain of the sport without the fistfuls of pharmaceuticals football doctors hand out like Halloween candy. He even consumed it before games a few times.

“I just had a much better experience. I felt much more in my body. The pills have a way of disconnecting you, making it really difficult to feel your feet on the ground,” recalled Britton, who played four years for the Jacksonville Jaguars and two for the Chicago Bears before retiring in 2014. “The connection of your nervous system and the brain-body connection as an offensive lineman is the most important thing. You have to be able to feel your feet on the ground when you’re blocking a defensive lineman, a 300-pound tank.”
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Top 10 Sports Cannabis Stories of 2017

Top 10 Sports Cannabis Stories of 2017

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

2017 was a very big year for the sports cannabis movement. Here are the top 10 sports cannabis stories from this year (in no particular order).

1. Retired professional athletes continue to unite to push for cannabis reform

When retired professional athletes speak out in support of cannabis reform in professional sports they risk becoming victims of the stigma associated with cannabis. Retired athletes risk losing endorsement deals, league appearances, broadcasting opportunities, coaching opportunities, and more when they come out in support of freeing the plant.

Despite those risks, a growing number of retired professional athletes are coming out publicly in support of cannabis reform. Retired National Basketball Association (NBA) players such as Clifford ‘Uncle Cliffy’ Robinson, John Salley, and Al Harrington have been very vocal in 2017 in calling for the NBA to get on the rights side of history. Retired National Football League (NFL) veterans like Eugene Monroe, Ricky Williams, Kyle Turley, Marvin Washington, Boo Williams, Nate Jackson, and Eben Britton have been pushing all year for reform in the NFL.

Retired athletes in other leagues like Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have stepped up big time in 2017 in the name of reform cannabis policies in professional sports. Organizations such as Athletes for Care have helped athletes from all professional sports leagues unite together to amplify their voices in calling for cannabis reform in professional sports.
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Former Hockey Fighters to Struggling ex-NHL enforcer: ‘You’re Not Alone’

Former Hockey Fighters to Struggling ex-NHL enforcer: ‘You’re Not Alone’

NHL

Stephen Peat and Dale Purinton have gone toe-to-toe on more than a couple of occasions. The former hockey enforcers fought multiple times in major junior and in the National Hockey League. But now, with Stephen Peat facing a very different kind of fight, his former foe wants to help.

According to Peat’s father, Walter, the former NHLer is living on the streets of the Fraser Valley, using drugs and could be close to death. After reading the CBC story on Peat’s situation, Purinton reached out to the CBC and to the Peat family in the hopes of connecting Stephen with help. And he’s doing it for one reason: he’s been there.

‘You’re kind of playing out your dreams in a way, but what are you giving up for that?” Purinton said.
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