So it seems Warriors coach Steve Kerr has admitted using cannabis to deal with lower back pain he has suffered over the last few years. stating that he tried it a couple of times, but that it "didn't help at all". Most everyone with some experience will immediately recognize what is wrong here; Mr. Kerr probably didn't use enough to get past the "newby" effect, that brief period when people begin using cannabis where the brain must acclimate and learn how to use it. Few get the hang of it the first time out, Mr. Kerr.
The good news is that he is still recommending the NFL look into allowing players's access. The sad news is that Coach Kerr was probably approaching cannabis like you approach percocet, a drug far more likely to be prescribed for sports injuries and ailments, especially in the realm of Professional Sports like the one in which Mr. Kerr dwells - 1. you take it 2. its effects slam you. Very American, somehow... In fact, commentary coming from pro sports paints a picture of sports characters very like the one Bill Murray played in a SNL skit about the recording industry, working a crowd of whacked out participants and hangers-on at a recording session, providing on-call tootski like some drugstore Candyman.
Only in this case, they were - and are - handing out percocet, vicodin and the usual cornucopia of suspects: opiates, pain-killers, NSAID's and other members of Big Pharma's product line, many taking away nearly as much they contribute - opiate use sells very little toilet paper. And opiates lead quickly and directly to addiction and attendant health issues - such as 28,000 American deaths per year. Opiate use and addiction is far from uncommon in the Sports World, and is spiking (in states without Medical Cannabis implemented) in the general public as well.
Sports, and attendent injuries, are long-time components of human society, which reflect - and theoretically sublimate - the stress of survival struggles. These injuries have been with us since before the beginning; some Neanderthal skeletons seem to show patterns of fractures and stresses very similar to those experienced by modern rodeo performers. Cannabis' mood-enhancing, anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties have likely been known for a long long time - maybe even as early as Og and Zog's bull-wrestling, (not likely done for sport) mentioned above.
Although ritually condemned by all, Professional Sports has been something of a mixed bag of enforcement in regards to cannabis use, with the NBA and NFL being by far the heaviest and most out-spoken opponents. However, there are signs that some in the industry are finally taking a hard and discerning look at the medical use of cannabis in effectively treating the repeated physical stress endured by atheletes. The NFL Players Association recently announced the formation of the NFL Players Pain Management Committee, which will primarily look at the use of cannabinoids to treat pain.
But there's another side, perhaps shocking to some, to that space where cannabis and sports interact, particulary to the Weed-With-Roots-In-Hell folks who have essentially been dragged kicking and screaming to the basic realization that medical cannabis is a real and useful thing. Like some embarrassing relative kept hidden in the attic, some atheletes are saying that pot use ENHANCES their performance...
Except they're not precisely in the attic. Word comes from the UFC President that more than eighty percent of his fighters use cannabis, as a ward against the intense and ongoing physical punishment experienced by professional boxers. And the fact is, recreational health-nuts and serious atheletes alike now have cannabis - most often in the form of edibles and vape products - on their training table. This sounds like a straight ticket to ingesting mass quantities of powdered sugar donuts to me, but some are more dedicated.
Low doses or recent usage of cannabis may actually enhance the performance of endurance atheletes via it's analgesic and bronchodilatory effects and that of fighters and other competitive sports, by who benefit from increased focus and creativity as well. But it's hard to imagine remembering to just step on the bag or running a complex football pattern accurately twenty minutes after a Gorilla Glue fattie. And, in fact, reaction time is known to decrease and judgement errors to increase in that sweet first hour after smoking.
TV's good though...
Hey, maybe there's a game on. Who's up for nachos?