A number of athletes and the like have been vying for the opportunity to use CBD and cannabis-related products to help in the healing process for their strained muscles and bones. There has been much deliberation and discussion from governing bodies of multiple sports pertaining to whether athletes should be allowed to use CBD related products for healing purposes. Many are against it, while many athletes do actually claim to use it, some have been penalised for it, however, the fight just gained a rather special new ally. 

The flesh-colored bandage is sealed to the southeastern region of Reggie Williams’ knee.

The former Cincinnati Bengals star linebacker doesn’t go anywhere without his 96-hour pain reliever. It helps him live with a right knee that is as gnarled as redwood burl.

The patch has turned Williams, 62, into a disciple of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive ingredient found in the marijuana plant that many say has therapeutic value.

“I’ve tried everything,” said Williams, who lost two Super Bowls to the 49ers. “More than even smoking, this patch is consistently making a positive difference.”

He needed crutches to walk before trying the CBD dressing 1½ years ago. This is the consequence of 24 knee surgeries. Williams almost had a leg amputated because of infections and bone complications.

Now Williams is one of the legions of retired NFL players extolling the virtues of medical marijuana. Players such as Williams have become outspoken advocates for cannabis use while demanding more research that could lead the league to permit its players to use marijuana instead of highly addictive opioids and the anti-inflammatory Toradol.

“That’s why there is an urgency for the NFL,” Williams said during a recent visit to San Francisco. “They could be banning the one thing that is a godsend to the players.”

The former NFL Man of the Year has a vested interest in promoting medical marijuana. He has become an ambassador for San Diego-based Pure Ratios, whose patch he discovered 1½ years ago when a friend sent him a boxful of cannabis products to try to help the aching body.

“That was the only one that worked out of the huge box of products,” Pure Ratios co-founder Chad Conner said. “He is always living with a patch. It’s his baseline treatment.”

Williams’ connection to marijuana led him to the Bay Area last week as a featured speaker for the 420 Games, a series of lifestyle events to promote changing perceptions about cannabis.

While in town, Williams attended a speech by Bennet Omalu at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The famous forensic pathologist is credited with discovering chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that is being found in the craniums of deceased NFL players at an alarming rate.

Williams told Omalu: “I played 14 years in the NFL. I lost two Super Bowls to San Francisco. I have CTE. What can I do now?”

Omalu: “There is no cure, I don’t want to mislead you. Visit a university hospital that has a good TBI program. It is just help. The best cure is prevention.”

Williams shook his head and said aloud, “I didn’t like that answer at all.”

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