Retired NBA Player Promotes CBD Awareness at All-Star Weekend
With all the talk buzzing around the benefits of CBD, one retired NBA player has jumped on board to promote and educate the masses about the holistic benefits of hemp.
Al Harrington, a 16-year NBA veteran, used the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend as a platform for CBD and medical marijuana awareness. In a cannabis conference of sorts, Harrington advocated for the necessity to negate cannabis from the NBA banned substance list. Interestingly enough, current players Kyle Lowry and Trevor Ariza were in attendance, along with Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and current executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Michele Roberts.
But Harrington hasn’t always been so keen on cannabis. The cultivation of his personal mindset took time and was rooted in his own grandmothers struggles. “My grandmother was in constant pain, and she couldn’t see. I convinced her that vaping extracts of Cannabis would be helpful to her, and they are,” Harrington shared. But even his grandmother, Viola, was opposed to the idea at first despite the hordes of useless over-the-counter medicines she was forced to take. When Harrington first suggested the change, she was adamant in her disapproval. “Reefer? I ain’t smoking no reefer, boy, you better get outta my face!” Spoken like a true granny.
But both Harrington and his grandmother soon became believers in the benefits of medical marijuana. He discovered his grandmother in her room crying and when asked what was wrong she responded, “I’m healed. You know I haven’t been able to read the words in my Bible for over three years?” Even Harrington himself began using CBD in the latter stages of his career, after having been prescribed countless amounts of painkillers to ease his incessant pain.
In an in-depth 2017 interview with then commissioner David Stern, Harrington provided a glimpse into the glaring issues surrounding the need for cannabis to help athletes recover from the intense daily grind of an 82 game season. In the interview, Stern – a known law-and-order type conservative – was revealing in his thoughts on the ineluctable issue. “I think there’s universal agreement that marijuana, for medical purposes, should be completely legal.” The 75-year-old even admitted that, “I’m now at the point where, personally, I think it probably should be removed from the banned [substance] list.”
The coinciding of that interview, along with the advocation of awareness during the intensely scrutinized All-Star weekend, reveals how deep the roots of medical marijuana and CBD are beginning to take hold within sports. “I think it’s up to sports leagues to anticipate where this is going and to maybe lead the way,” revealed Stern.
If a 75-year-old former commissioner and a retired NBA vet can find joint cannabis acceptance, perhaps we all should reevaluate our stance on the highly misguided War on Drugs.
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