Professional Sports And Medical Cannabis


The National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (IBF), and the Israel Basketball Association recently partnered in hosting Basketball without Borders for the children of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. At the event, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked what he thought about the possibility of cannabis being allowed in the NBA.

Silver’s response was open minded, “I’m very interested in the science when it comes to medical marijuana. My personal view is that it should be regulated in the same way other medications are if the plan is to use it for pain management.”

In fact, there are multiple athletic associations looking into the benefits that cannabis could have on their athletes. More and more athletes are coming out for cannabis and sports associations like the NBA alongside the National Football Association (NFA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) are responding.

This response from commissioner Adam Silver is forward thinking, and it comes in the wake of a similar move from the NFL. According to sources at the Washington Post, the NFL wrote a letter to the NFL players’ union in late July stating that they would work in tandem to study the use of medical cannabis as a pain management tool. In 2014, the NFL did loosen the rigid ruling regarding the amount of THC players were allowed to have in their system, but cannabis does remain on the list of illegal substances for players.

Fighters from the UFC have come out as pro-cannabis, specifically in support of CBD-rich hemp oil. That being said, fighters still looking to step into the octagon will have to lay off the THC if they want to contend. This is why companies like Receptra Naturals are creating CBD-high, low THC hemp oils designed specifically for athletes. They can get some of the benefits of cannabis without failing testing over the allowed THC limits. Not only do their products help with pain management, they have other benefits as well.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver had more to say about medical cannabis use in professional athletics, “It needs to be discussed with our players association. Science demonstrates that are effective uses for medical reasons, and we’re open for it.”

Receptra Naturals Active oil is commonly used by Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock, and other professional athletes represented by Athletes for Care. The Denver, Colorado company oversees the manufacturing of their active oil from seed to sale . The supplement is made from a proprietary blend of full spectrum hemp oil, avocado oil for Omega 3 & 6, and turmeric to promote neuroplasticity. Alongside those benefits, both turmeric and CBD are also great for reducing inflammation. All of these points make their hemp oil ideal for athletes looking to speed up recovery and help heighten what we get out of training.

With products likes these emerging in the market, recreational and medical cannabis becoming a reality in more and more states and countries, it is time for professional sports associations to adapt. This most recent assessment from the NBA commissioner is a sign that we may be on the right track.

August 18, 2017

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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