Is marijuana better for athletes than painkillers? | The Tylt
Marijuana has been used to curb pain by those suffering from seizures, arthritis and other joint pain. It stands to reason that athletes, who put so much pressure on their bones and muscles, would also benefit from medicinal marijuana use for a higher quality of life. Some athletes already use it in the off-season to recover from pain. Still, regular painkillers are legal nationwide, unlike their herbal counterpart, and we should expect athletes to obey the law. Which is better? 🌿
Is marijuana better for athletes than painkillers?
From football to gymnastics, athletes go through a ton of pain to make a living. After surgeries or even after practice, they take painkillers to dull the pain so they can live their normal lives—painkillers that also can be addicting and ruin lives.
Marijuana is a safe, non-habit-forming drug that manages pain without the risk of overdosing. It is by far the better option for killing pain and keeping athletes healthy.
Not only are painkillers legal—unlike marijuana which is only legal in certain states—they also effectively kill the pain. Marijuana might dull the senses so that pain isn't as noticeable, but it doesn't really manage the pain. Here is Joseph Stromberg from Smithsonian Mag with more:
This indicates that marijuana doesn’t function as a pain killer as much as a pain distracter: Objectively, levels of pain remain the same for someone under the influence of THC, but it simply bothers the person less.
Painkillers are still the more effective option for athletes to treat pain. Marijuana is just a distraction.
Want to hear from two former NFL players about the viability of marijuana in football? Stream our inaugural episode of "Warming the Bench with Dan Tran" talking about the price of playing through pain in sports.