Article by New York Daily News
The one-time Bears quarterback, speaking Thursday at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center, believes he would be healthier now if he had used marijuana instead of pills to combat pain. Marijuana, McMahon said, is not only an effective painkiller, but it is also far safer than the opioid painkillers that have destroyed thousands of American families.
“There’s so many uses to this plant,” says McMahon, who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and struggles with severe headaches, memory loss and depression linked to the countless concussions he suffered during his career.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are dying from (painkillers) and there’s not one case of people dying from the hemp plant,” McMahon said.
McMahon is part of a growing group of NFL veterans urging the league to remove marijuana from the banned substance list. On top of the plant’s pain management benefits, the players cite the potential of cannabidiol, or CBD, an extract of the plant, to minimize the brain damage caused by concussions and smaller, repetitive hits.