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Athletes that Smoke Cannabis

Research has suggested that cannabis can benefit you in many ways. Some leagues still consider cannabis a banned substance when it comes to professional athletes. In this article, we will give you examples of how athletes and cannabis come together.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time. He has a total of 28 Olympic medals and also holds the all-time record for most Olympic gold with 23.

On February 2009, a photograph of Phelps using a bong went viral; this resulted in the loss of the Kellogg Company as a sponsor, as well as a three-month suspension by USA Swimming. Phelps admitted that the photo, which was taken at a party at the University of South Carolina, was authentic. He publicly apologized, saying his behaviour was “inappropriate”.

Michael Phelps Olympic gold medalist

Connor McGregor

Conor McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, seems to enjoy some weed from time to time. It appears that Conor and boxing legend Mike Tyson recently shared some laughs while smoking a joint. The type of marijuana they are smoking is “Cherry Pick Kush”, homegrown from the boxing champ’s very own Tyson Ranch.

It appears that McGregor has invested his post-career spare time into a business venture growing cannabis. A marijuana strain called “KO Kush” is said to be grown on McGregors ranch property.

Connor Mcgregor instagram smoking

Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams is a former running back that played 12 seasons in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Texas. Drafted fifth overall in 1999, Ricky Williams is a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner

Williams, a medical cannabis advocate, stated;

“My personal goal is to elevate the legitimacy of cannabis as a medicine and the respect of medical professionals for cannabis users,”

“It will open people’s minds to new and different healing possibilities of what cannabis can provide; using science to dissolve the stigma that exists about cannabis and cannabis users,”

Nate Diaz

On August 20, 2016, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Nate Diaz lost a gruelling match with Conor McGregor at UFC 202.  He won the night’s headlines when he openly vaped during the post-fight press conference. Like many endurance athletes, Diaz uses cannabis to treat the aches and pains that are part of the sport. Unlike others, he does it openly.

As an example, during the post-fight interviews, a reporter asked Diaz what he was puffing away on.

“This is [a vape pen], it’s CBD, … It helps with the healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. So you want to get these for before, after the fight, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

In conclusion, cannabis and its derivatives are pretty controversial. If you ask me, cannabis is not in any way a performance-enhancing drug. Unless I guess if you’re a competitive eater? In any event, if cannabis helps athletes with their day to day lives, let them enjoy it.

Do you know any other pro athletes that smoke cannabis? Are you an athlete that consumes cannabis? Leave your comments in the section below.

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