It’s no secret that there’s an ugly side to our favorite sports: opioid painkiller addiction. Across the country, professional athletes are coming forward and sharing their struggles with addiction, side effects, and the uphill climb of piecing their lives together in the aftermath. Several former NFL players associated with various advocacy groups are lobbying for the league to revise its policy on medical cannabis, which is currently banned in all forms. People hoping to change this ban hosted a cannabis convention right in Houston, in the middle of all the Super Bowl festivities. The event, named “Cannabis in Professional Sports” presented by Vapen CBD and Merry Jane, was held Wednesday at Live Nation’s Revention Music Center just ahead of Super Bowl LI.

San Diego State’s Kyle Turley, one of the guests at the event, knows what this was like. The former NFL defensive lineman stated that medical cannabis saved his life. He said that his struggle with painkillers led to a painful 2 decade long ordeal. “At the end of the day, the results from those [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][painkillers] were horrific. I wanted to kill myself all the time. I was depressed constantly – I didn’t want to be here.” Turley said. He’s not alone. More and more professional athletes are stepping up and announcing that painkillers are not a solution.

“This has created a war that is benefiting no one,” he says. It seems so unnecessary for all these athletes to suffer when there’s a healthier option. Here at PHB, we see how a simple plant can make the difference in people and pets’ quality of life, so we understand where he’s coming from! We’ve had people reach out, excitedly sharing how they finally feel normal after finding the right CBD routine. If there’s a way for people to improve their quality of life in a healthy, gentle way, who wouldn’t want that option to be available? (Looking for a CBD routine of your own? Check out our subscription program, or learn more on our site!)

Turley shares emphatically how medical cannabis is responsible for his life-changing improvements. He said he still follows a cannabis regimen and doesn’t use anything else to control pain. “It saved my life. I wouldn’t be standing here without it, period.”

Watch the video on the cannabis conference to hear more!

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