NFL Scottsdale

Dr. Sue Sisley from Scottsdale Research Study Institute, a Phoenix-based clinic that studies the medicinal usage of marijuana, helped NFL running back Mike James with paperwork that might eventually allow him to utilize medical marijuana while keeping active gamer status. James uses medical cannabis to manage his persistent pain following a significant ankle injury. He was recommended opioid discomfort medications by NFL medical professionals, however became dependent upon the drugs.

James utilized medical cannabis to help him get off of the tablets and manage his pain, CNN reports. James took part in an unique interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN’s “ Weed 4: Pot vs. Tablets”episode that aired on April 29.

James stated, “I never had something where I might be coherent and still have pain relief.”

The NFL and NFL Players Associations (NFLPA) both ban the use of cannabis for active gamers. The only option they have is to submit “therapeutic use exemption” documentation that allows them to utilize the medicine. The paperwork suggests a particular medicinal use. James is the first player to ever file this documentation.

James’ restorative usage exemption, nevertheless, was denied. But stated he will not give up.

From his own life experiences, he vowed to never ever depend on drugs. James said, “Drugs wrecked my family. So I wished to just play football, go to school, remain in my books, not enter any trouble.”

When he hurt his ankle while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his medical group prescribed him several opiates to treat the discomfort. The “drug cocktail” is common for expert athletes to be recommended.

He said that due to the fact that his medication was prescribed, he wasn’t concerned about establishing an opioid addiction, however within a few weeks’ time, he established an opioid usage disorder. His spouse, Aubrey, recommended that he use cannabis to assist him stop taking the opioid medications.

Once he attempted cannabis he said, “I felt like I was starting a new life.”

Dr. Sue Sisley stated, “This is the very first active player who’s been willing to put their professional career on the line, to openly admit that they not just have actually been using cannabis but require it to operate at the greatest level. Mike’s case is such a perfect example of why cannabis has to be offered, because he’s actually not a candidate for opioids. So this is a safe option for him.”

James said, “I’m not ashamed of it. I’m not ashamed about it. It is something that I will continue to use, since I have a life to live.”

The NFLPA claims their job is to “discover the best medical science to support your [NFL gamers'] therapeutic usage exemption.” DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA stated, “What I would state to him and every NFL gamer: Our task is to find out, how do we construct the best medical support for the very best treatment for you?”

James will continue to be a medical cannabis supporter for himself and other NFL players attempting to instill change in the league.