Former NFL player Eben Britton is the latest to publicly support weed smoking as pain relief for active players in the league taking harsh physical beatdowns during four 15-minute quarter games and in practice.
During an interview with the New York Post, Britton detailed his penchant for smoking medical marijuana began during his playing days as an offensive linemen with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears, prior to his retirement in 2014. In the video above, Britton talked in depth about why he resorted to using marijuana for his aches and pains. He also revealed that he played three games in his career stoned, claimed that those were some of his most productive games that he ever played in.
“NFL games I played stoned were some of the best games I ever played. Cannabis cements your surroundings,” Britton stated. He added, “A lot of people say they’re useless when they smoke weed. But hell, I played NFL games [while stoned], dude. My performances were solid and I felt really good after.”
Britton also explained that he would often smoke weed to relieve "psychological distress or sciatica or pain in my shoulders." The former Jaguar and Bear claims the percentage of NFL players who smoke marijuana are "over 50 percent and it could be as high as 75 percent."
Over the past few years, several NFL players have retired and become advocates of medical marijuana usage for current players. They have been lobbying to Roger Goodell and NFL executives to become more lenient with allowing players to relieve their pains from concussions and other injuries.
One health professional, Dr. Sue Sisley, M.D., the lead investigator in an FDA-approved cannabis trial study, spoke about a recent example of one of her NFL patients looking for relief after damaging their rotator-cuff to which Sisley had treated. "Nothing gave him relief — including opioids," she determined, adding, "He was on the bench because he was nonfunctional on the field. Side effects from the medicine had him so sedated that it was literally dangerous for him to play. He was frustrated and lost his position and lost credibility. He tried cannabis and actually got back in the game. He is currently playing now. That is a common scenario."
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