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Martellus Bennett, a former NFL star, recently claimed that the vast majority of NFL players use cannabis. The outspoken sportsman made his controversial claim in a podcast interview.
Bennet claims that the vast majority of players use cannabis to treat injuries rather than resorting to painkillers. “There are times of the year where your body just hurts so bad,” Bennett said. “You don’t want to be popping pills all the time.
The chemicals inside cannabis, known as cannabinoids, have painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabis also has little in the way of harmful side effects, this is a stark contrast to many painkillers which have long-term, damaging side effects.
Cannabis use is heavily frowned upon by the NFL regulating body, and players can face suspensions if they are caught with the drug. Bennet is part of a growing movement that sees the beneficial properties of cannabis and hopes to enact change within the NFL.
CBD oils and cannabis are becoming increasingly popular with athletes of all sports as a painkilling and anti-inflammatory agent that can help shorten recovery times.