Marijuana Users Follow Football More Than Any Other Sport


Marijuana Users Follow Football More Than Any Other Pro Sport, Says Cannabis Consumer Report

Fresh off the Toronto Argos winning the Grey Cup (Canada’s Super Bowl, and what we watch while the U.S. carves turkey), it could be time to circle back on the conversation about football and cannabis. Professional athletes from all four of North America’s most prominent sports leagues are coming out to call attention to the types of injuries they endure and the medications they must take to quell the pain. Because of a ban on cannabis in all major sports leagues, pain is dulled with drugs like Vicodin handed out like candy.

Despite appeals from athletes, and a recent shift at the World Anti-Doping Agency, little has changed in the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL. Cannabis remains squarely on the banned substances list in all four leagues, but if owners knew where fans sit on the issue, it could open up the lines of communication. Fans are the very people keeping stadium, rink, and arena lights on, so if they’re not tightening their purse strings at the suggestion that their star athletes partake, then what else is stopping them? And if fans are what will move the needle for any owner’s association, this Green Market Report finds that the NFL is the most likely league for it.

To find out just how much marijuana users care about sports, 1,292 cannabis users across 32 metropolitan areas—those with their own sports teams—were polled on which pro sports, if any, they follow.

  • Respondents prefer football over basketball, baseball, and hockey.

  • Over 55 percent of respondents regularly follow the NFL.

  • Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association were the second and third favorites, with 36.2 percent and 36.1 percent support from cannabis users, respectively.

  • 65.5 percent of those who picked football as their favorite sport were men and 34.5 percent were women.

  • The average “Sunday tailgate smoker” is a 37-year-old man making about $60,000 a year.

These results are especially impressive because the most vocal advocates for allowing cannabis as an alternative to dangerous pain medications are professional football players. Not only do they deal with pain on the field but they are at higher risk than other athletes of developing brain damage, concussions, and head trauma, leading to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

To help expose these issues ex-NFL players Reggie Williams, Eugene Monroe, Arian Foster, Jared Odrick, Franco Harris, and more have gone public with their support for medical marijuana in professional football. Some of them even participated in a study on cannabis oil as an opioid alternative. A move that, if they were currently on the field, would see them benched for the season or, worse, dropped from the team.

Right now, the NFL is experiencing a lot of tension with fans boycotting games over the pre-game kneeling protests San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick started. But a recent Gallup poll reported that 57% of Americans still follow the NFL. That’s a ton of weed-loving folk. The NFL is worth $9 billion annually, but the owners association could use the cannabis industry to unify them once again with players and spectators. We didn’t see any during the Grey Cup, but considering cannabis’ growing popularity in the mainstream—and impressive pocketbook—it would be nice to see a cannabis company among the Super Bowl LII ads.

December 3, 2017

by Parker Wallace

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Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!


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