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NFL Player Speaks Out on Need for Cannabis Education, Research

I don’t smoke to get high. I smoke to become myself again… Since childhood, Brandon Haw has been playing football. After a stellar career as cornerback playing for Rutgers University, Brandon played in the NFL beginning in 2004. From his earliest memories, he remembers himself as being “happy-go-lucky”. His college years were characterized by discipline with a focus on health and performance. After a while he started getting bouts of depression. Anger began arising too often. The sport was taking its toll on him as it has on others. He knew of no cure. At first Brandon thought his mood ... Read More »

Riley Cote’s Foundation Uses Cannabis As Cornerstone of Healthy Living

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Cannabis has suppressed my ego, and it’s feeding my spirit. My purpose is much more clear, and cannabis is in the middle of it all. Riley Cote is a man with conviction. Years of professional hockey, fighting, recovering, and watching his sister deal with multiple sclerosis made him see the ills life can offer and how to fix it. Riley saw how various strains of cannabis offered many opportunities for improved health and personal insight. Once his sister began successfully treating her multiple sclerosis with a measured intake of natural foods and cannabis, Riley’s mission came into focus. He sees ... Read More »

Greta Gaines – Extreme Snowboarder, Musician, Entrepreneur, Cannabis Activist

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“I’ve seen the plant treat neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, severe menstrual problems, Crohn’s Disease, chronic pain, skin cancers, insomnia, and anxiety. Seeing is believing!” Introducing Greta, Extreme Sports and Cannabis Greta Gaines has reached celebrity status in several disciplines. After winning the World Extreme Snowboard Competition, she has produced five southern rock albums, hosted her own show on Oxygen, and has been an ESPN correspondent. She was raised in an environment of fame and influence. Her father is author of Pumping Iron and Stay Hungry, she was classmates with Uma Thurman, and the family’s farm was frequently visited by actors ... Read More »

Nate Jackson Discusses the NFL, Cannabis, and Changing Stigmas

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“I was able to access those types of visualization techniques a lot easier when I was high.” Nate Jackson played tight end in the NFL for the Denver Broncos for six years and throughout his entire college and high school careers. During that time he learned to thrive in the grueling demands of maintaining peak physical fitness and to adapt to the violent nature of a sport that uses a man’s head as a weapon and often a target. In this exclusive interview with NORML Athletics, Nate opens up about how he balanced his marijuana use off the field as ... Read More »

Avery Collins Discusses Ultra-Marathon Running and Cannabis

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“Marijuana will definitely pull out the creativity. With running, it makes the blues bluer, and the greens greener.” Firsts with Ultra-marathon Running and Cannabis After Avery’s gym membership expired, he wanted to stay in shape so he gave running a shot. He saw an advertisement for the Blue Ridge marathon in Virginia, which is advertised as the toughest road marathon in the country. Avery had never run a marathon before signed up for the double marathon option – running the course twice. A friend warned that he could never finish it, yet Avery went on to be the youngest person ... Read More »

Ross Rebagliati Speaks with NORML Athletics

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“Cannabis is the one thing that kept me on track. It kept me motivated.” Ross Rebagliati speaks from experience when it comes to discussing the benefits of deliberate cannabis use. The Olympic gold medal winner turned entrepreneur has much to say about his relationship to the plant. As stereotypes of lazy stoners fall away, Ross suggests that everyone should keep an open-mind about using cannabis as a vehicle to improved health, self-acceptance and achieving goals. In February, 2015 Ross took the time to interview with NORML Athletics. As an ambassador to the cannabis community, he started the discussion with expected ... Read More »

Matt Riddle Interviews with NORML Athletics

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“Marijuana is my miracle drug. It made everything better. It made me happy. It made me deal with what I was going through at the time. I love marijuana.” Matt Riddle is outspoken on the benefits of deliberate marijuana use. His relationship with the plant started when he was entering adulthood. Growing up, Matt was always high strung. He would cut up in class and didn’t take his studies seriously. He grades reflected the indifference toward school. But once he began smoking marijuana occasionally, he noticed a change in his demeanor. His grades improved and so did his disposition. “When ... Read More »

EDDIE BRAVO – INTERVIEW (REPOST)

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When he started taking jiu-jitsu lessons in 1994, inspired by Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Royce Gracie’s dominance in the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, Eddie Bravo was a guitar player just looking for a way to stay in shape so that he wouldn’t be a “fat rock star” when his band made it big. The band broke up, but Bravo’s jiu-jitsu blew up. He started smoking marijuana, which he readily credits with helping him develop his radical style of jiu-jitsu in his second book, Mastering the Rubber Guard, which offers step-by-step instructions on Bravo’s favorite jiu-jitsu techniques, as well ... Read More »