During an appearance on All The Smoke, a podcast hosted by retired NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, NBA superstar Kevin Durant said the league needs to take cannabis off its banned substances list.
The league’s impromptu hiatus provides an opportunity to reflect on its cannabis policy.
An 82-game season is gruelling. Between travelling, training, games, and the stress of playing in a high-pressure, high-scrutiny environment, NBA players put their bodies and minds through a lot.
Opiates, physical therapy, and other measures are used in pain management and recovery and cannabis, particularly CBD, can be another tool in the kit. It may not be the go-to for everyone, but players should at least have the option available to them.