Many clinical trials have shown that cannabis has valuable neuroprotective and anti-inflammation properties. Because of these benefits, it’s clear that inhaling or ingesting cannabis could prove beneficial for athletes. Topical lotions and balms are also ideal for anyone in rigorous training.
The athletes we list here have already become known for their advocacy for the plant. In fact, Athletes for CARE is a nonprofit that was established to help give athlete advocates a place to put their passion for cannabis treatment. As Athletes for CARE works to educate the world about the medicinal properties of cannabis, let’s take a look at some of our favorite athlete advocates.
Back in 2009, Michael Phelps was caught on video using a water bong to smoke cannabis flowers. This was only three months after he won eight gold medals and impressed the entire world at the 2008 Olympics. After being pressured by the government and his many sponsors, Phelps released a public apology. However, the champion swimmer did add that cannabis helped relieve his aches and pains more effectively than doctor prescribed painkillers.
Canadian professional snowboarder Ross Rebagliati made headlines after testing positive for cannabis in 1998. The THC was found in is circulatory system via blood test after winning the gold medal, he was quickly disqualified and his medal was taken away. Don’t worry about him thought, the ruling was eventually overturned and Rebagliati got his medal back. He is now a founder of Canadian medical cannabis branding company Ross’ Gold living at his home in Whistler.
Olympic gold medal big mountain slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson was never caught in public scandal. She hasn’t even tested positive for cannabis. She did give an interview to Cosmopolitan Magazine though, just after winning her first Olympic gold in 2014. In the interview she is prompted to admit that Olympic snowboarders are all puffing tough while in the Olympic Village. Anderson replies, “I Wish.”. This is her only admission that she approves of cannabis, and we’ll take it. Keep in mind that she says she stays zen by cultivating a regular yoga practice and NOT from using cannabis in the interview.
In September 2015 Nick Diaz test positive for cannabis a third time. The ferocious fighter was subsequently suspended and fined $165,000 by the UFC for this third positive test for cannabis. Both Diaz and his brother refuse to turn their back on cannabis, instead, they’re on the latest cover of Dope Magazine. The brothers state clearly that cannabis helps them in recovery.
Once referred to as the fastest human in the world, Usain Bolt is also an advocate for medical cannabis. The Jamaican sprinter is the first man to hold records both for the 100 and 200 meters since mandatory Fully Automatic Timing. The sprinter admitted that as a young man he mindfully used cannabis to aid in his health and wellness.
These are just a few of the many athletes that are working towards a future where everyone has safe access to the cannabis plant. Did we miss anyone whose story we’ve been following? Tell us in the comments!
Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.