Cain Velasquez relies on medical marijuana to get him through his training sessions.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is in a constant state of pain.
With a myriad of medical setbacks forcing him to watch from the sideline, it seems the former Arizona State wrestling standout has gone under the knife more than he’s actually stepped foot into the Octagon.
While he has managed to hobble his body to get in recent months, that hasn’t kept the pain at bay.
“It’s an achy pain that goes down your leg and it gets to a point where if you’re standing for 10 minutes, you have to sit down,” Velasquez told ESPN.com. “If you’re going out for a while, a half-hour, you know it’s going to be pretty painful. You have to sit down and take the compression off your back.”
But with the constant pain from the constant setbacks hindering his performance, the former champion revealed he’s actually turned to Cannabidiol (CBD) to help dull the pain during training camp
According to the report, Velasquez first used CBD, a compound found in cannabis, to help cope with his surgery earlier this year. But when the pain returned, he utilized CBD oral spray, with great effect
“It’s the only thing that allows me to still train, and I’m not taking a harmful painkiller into my body that I’ll later become addicted to,” said Velasquez. “I don’t know how everyone is going to feel about me saying this, but this is just one of the hard facts we as fighters have to go through. In the past, in the NFL, players have gotten addicted to painkillers. I don’t want to be an addict of some sort.”