The Manes Event: Marijuana

Yes ladies and gentleman, we’re back, and just in time. We all know what tomorrow is, so let’s get to it.

Athletics need to embrace marijuana.

The days of this antiquated ideal that marijuana is a gateway are fargone, and refer to madness that is behind us.

Most of us.

OK, I might not be able to write this in a couple years, but back to the point.

Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, had back surgery prior to the 2015-2016 season. Kerr missed the first 43 games of the season recovering. Earlier this season, Kerr opened up about his embracing marijuana to cope with the pain. He has even said that the NBA should have a provision in the next collective bargaining agreement to permit player use for medical reasons.

Replacing marijuana for opiate and narcotic painkillers is common, with 80 percent of medical marijuana users reportedly replacing prescribed medication in a 2016 study.

Alright, that’s pain. So what’s the largest problem and concern surrounding sports right now, mainly football? Concussions. Well wouldn’t you know, a 2013 study showed increased healing in mice that had suffered recent brain trauma.

The health benefits of marijuana speak directly to many of the issues athletes face when it comes to physical recovery. Not to mention the starpower leagues lose in a flash due to substance abuse suspensions.