Legalization of medical marijuana in NBA
In the last year, we have been experiencing numerous changes regarding the legalization of medical marijuana. Many countries have already decided to approve its use for therapeutic purposes. Now, the debate over legalizing medical marijuana is growing within the NBA.
The NBA is the best basketball league in the world. Many former players and coaches have openly confessed that they have used marijuana to treat some pain, such as knee pain. Therefore, the debate now is served. What positive or negative effects can the use of marijuana have on an athlete?
Marijuana taboo in sport
It seems that the use of marijuana and cannabis in sports is a taboo subject. Many do not accept it, compared to others who do not even talk about it. Medicinal use of cannabis within the NBA and the debate about its legality Tre growing more and more.
Walter Herrmann, one of the ten Argentines who played in the NBA, speaks openly about the matter. He claims that, in his NBA years, he never heard of marijuana healing you anything. Herrmann played in the Toronto Raptors (2005-2006), in the Charlotte Bobcats (2006-2007) and the Detroit Pistons between 2007 and 2009. He assures that, at the time, everything was a secret.
However, with the passing of the years and the greater acceptance that marijuana experiences, it is causing more and more people to decide to speak about it. In this sense, many former players and coaches have begun to talk about their use of marijuana. They also do it about the benefits that marijuana has in the medicinal field. They ask a list of prohibited substances will remove marijuana.
Jay Williams, one of the former Chicago Bulls players, revealed that he had used cannabis oil to treat inflammation of his knees. Also, this substance calmed his anxiety. It ensures that about 80% of NBA players use marijuana.
Davis Stern, one of the NBA commissioners until 2014, has ensured that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal. So he told Al Harrington, a former player who currently grows marijuana for medicinal use.
According to current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the intention now is to investigate the efficacy of marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is still considered a penalized substance, and should not be.
Effects of marijuana on athletes
More and more scientists are deciding to research this substance and learn about the pros and cons of it. Now, these investigations are focused on the sports field. The aim is to find answers to the questions that many of the athletes ask themselves.
Although it is true, can be marijuana used to alleviate specific pain or lessen the effects of other treatments, it is essential to know that it is not curative.
Among the pros that this substance has we find that it is a way to relieve and prevent different pain.
Furthermore, can it be used as an alternative substance? In the United States, one of the leading causes of death is opiates. People become addicted to this substance, and this ends up killing them. Against this, the use of marijuana can eliminate the need to consume other painkillers much more harmful to health.
More and more experts say that it should not be considered as a dangerous drug and that its use for medicinal purposes should be approved.