Calvin Johnson “a true believer” in marijuana

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Former Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is a mega-advocate of medical marijuana.

Megatron said it was pain he felt while participating in Dancing With the Stars, not playing in the NFL, that made him realize what a difference marijuana can make.

When I was on the dancing show, I was using a CBD [a product of the cannabis plant] topical that my buddy gave me because my ankles were swelling up so much that I didn’t think I would be able to finish the show,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “The relief happened almost overnight. I was already open-minded to marijuana, but after that, I became a true believer just because of the experience.”

Johnson is such a believer that he plans to get into the marijuana business in Michigan, which legalized recreational marijuana in November.

“I have a lot of family members who are 100 percent against this. But I know from my experience with the pain and the products that I’ve used, it’s a game changer,” he said. “We’re in a position to impact and support our communities.”

Johnson was one of the NFL’s most respected players during his career, and his status as a popular player makes him the kind of advocate who can reduce the stigma from the marijuana business.

20 responses to “Calvin Johnson “a true believer” in marijuana

  1. Marijuana has been proven to have medical benefits without the addiction issues that come with taking opioids. I do not know why the NFL is dragging its feet on taking it off the banned substance list.

  2. CBD is quite different from “medical marijuana” which is code for using the regular stuff to get so high you just don’t care about the pain.

  3. You should probably note that CBD isn’t exactly the same as smoking marijuana. CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effect. You can use a gallon of it and you still won’t get high. Or in his case, he can rub all he wants on his ankle and he won’t get high.

  4. CBD products don’t have the THC levels Marijuana does. Medical marijuana and CBD products differ tremendously. The league is WAY behind in recognizing this.

  5. CBD is quite different from “medical marijuana” which is code for using the regular stuff to get so high you just don’t care about the pain.
    ——
    Regular mj has CBD in it as well, it’s just not concentrated, so while the two are not the same, they can offer similar benefits. And plus you get high with normal mj, so that’s nice.

  6. “When I was on the dancing show, I was using a CBD [a product of the cannabis plant] topical that my buddy gave me because my ankles were swelling up so much that I didn’t think I would be able to finish the show,” Johnson told the Detroit Free Press. “The relief happened almost overnight. I was already open-minded to marijuana, but after that, I became a true believer just because of the experience.”

    I’ve been using straight CBD for a few months now and I can’t believe the pain relief I get for my peripheral neuropathy, the stabbing pains are gone.

  7. His business has already been approved. Megatron and others in Michigan have followed the Canadian marijuana trade model. They built a “turnkey” business infrastructure so when legislators and regulators finally build the marijuana industry bureaucracy (a necessary evil) they’ll be able to open their doors immediately.

  8. People use “medical reason” as an excuse to push dope for public relations purposes when in reality everyone just wants to get stoned. Most people who smoke dope also drink alcohol so you can throw that argument out, and if a doctor game them a prescription for percocet they would pop them so fast it would make your head spin.

  9. Legalizing cannabis at the federal level equates to jobs created all across the country.

  10. Sorry Calvin, but CBD doesn’t work that quickly. What you experienced was a placebo effect.

  11. It’s astonishing to see the staunch defense individuals/groups have against CBD/marijuana while being completely fine with the marketing of beer, fast foods, and pharmaceuticals. Kudos to you Calvin!

  12. This is awesome. I got my mom off of opioids and onto marijuana oils and balms. They help her manage the pain much better (osteoporosis and lower back issues, she’s 84), and she’s a lot more cheerful and less anxious.
    I’ve heard so many stories similar to Calvin’s, where the effects were almost immediate but sadly this is still all anecdotal – I’m looking forward to seeing the results of larger and more definitive studies.

  13. The placebo effect can work at rates as high as 60% – who cares if peopple’s belief takes over and they get better – why would anyone not be just as happy with that?
    Also compare the side effects from any regular prescription drug to marijuana –
    the side effects from marijuana are euphoria, very different from the assortment of gastrointestinal delights that are side effects with so many prescription drugs.

  14. More studies need to be done with CBD. Now that the stigma is coming off and there seems to be a more intelligent conversation, hopefully we can get more answers and stop using pharmaceuticals.

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