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5 Pro Athletes Who Swear by CBD Oil

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Cannabidiol – or CBD – is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. Despite popular misconceptions, CBD doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects. While there’s still more research needed to understand its benefits fully, the pro athlete community has been interested in its properties for years. From reducing levels of anxiety to helping athletes recover better after training sessions and games, pro athletes are becoming one of the biggest advocates for CBD oil for athletes in major leagues, including the UFC and NFL.

In the sea of pro athletes who swear by CBD oil, these are some of the ones advocating for its use the most.

former American football offensive tackle, Eugene Monroe
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Eugene Monroe

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, Monroe was one of the leagues’ first CBD advocates. Not only has he campaigned for CBD over the years, but Monroe is also one of the biggest advocates for the use of medical marijuana. His advocacy efforts are towards embracing the health benefits CBD can have to pro football players, removing cannabis from the list of the NFL controlled substances, and banning the over-prescription of addictive opioids instead.
Former American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, Derrick Morgan
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Derrick Morgan

A linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, Morgan has always been open about his regular use of CBD as part of his training routine. He has continuously spoken about the benefits, and has even held speaking engagement with other NFL players to discuss how cannabis could help them.
American professional triathlete Andrew Talansky
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Andrew Talansky

Triathlon athlete, Andrew Talansky, who is not a stranger to pain, also touts the health benefits and advantages of incorporating CBD into his training. After injuring himself after a workout, Talansky found himself struggling with chronic pain. Instead of going the traditional opioids route, he gave CBD a chance, and after noticing the benefits, he quickly became not only a user but a big advocate for cannabidiol.
Former American football defensive end for the New York Jets, Marvin Washington
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Marvin Washington

Former NFL player Marvin Washington never used CBD during his active career as a football player. However, he knows the benefits and uses CBD as an integral part of his regimen to manage pains and aches he still suffers even after being retired for years. Washington is one of the former NFL players who joined forces to challenge the 1970 Controlled Substance Act which classifies cannabis as a schedule one drug, to allow more pro athletes to benefit from CBD.
African American soccer defender and midfielder for the New England Revolution, Leonard Marshall
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Leonard Marshall

Former Giants defensive end, Leonard Marshall has made it his mission to educate current and former NFL players on the neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory potential of CBD. After his NFL career ended, Marshall dedicated his post-football career raising money for research and spreading awareness about CBD. He recognizes cannabidiol as an effective alternative to opioids and other painkillers. He even collaborates with US-based CBD manufacturers.
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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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