Is marijuana better for athletes than painkillers? | The Tylt
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.
Sports Editor Dan Tran spoke with former NFL players Denard Robinson and Joshua Perry about when the risk of injury outweighs the reward of glory and whether marijuana is viable option for managing pain in sports.
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.