Since it’s inception, CBD oil has been in the spotlight due to the plethora of proposed health benefits and medical uses the cannabinoid has exhibit over several animal tests. CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in both marijuana and hemp that offers the same benefits of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but without the psychoactive effects. It’s proposed benefits includes treatment for seizures, pain relief, and many more.
However, a renowned MMA fighter had stood and spoken about the benefits of these medicinal plants for professional fighters. In the wake of opioid-disgraced fighters who had become addicted to painkillers and killed their careers, Bas Rutten speaks of CBD oil as the better alternative for athletes.
Rutten is a MMA star, a former world champion. In the span of his entire career, he had experienced pain in ways that most of us would not even want to imagine. However, the challenges of pain follows Rutten and all professional fighters outside the ring. Training sessions, exercise routines, and spars that fighters undergo to prepare for their next match also contributes to the physical pain they experience. Serious injuries are secondhand in their lifestyle. In the end, most professional fighters are already afflicted with excruciating body pain even before they reach the middle of their careers.
Bas Rutten and His Eye-Opening Experience with The “Smashing Machine”
With all these in mind, he recounts his experience with “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr. On a blog post that he dedicated to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Kerr’s documentary, he spoke of a legend who, at the height of his career, was brought down by opioid addiction.
Rutten talked about how he first met Kerr in Brazil, where the smashing machine won an eight man Tudo Championship Tournament. During Kerr’s stay with Rutten, he exhibits power and skill, but also a highly unusual weight increase and profuse sweating. It was only after Rutten experience severe pain on his arms and Kerr’s offer for a solution was he able to understand the reason for the sweating – Kerr had been using painkillers to numb himself.
Eventually, the drugs took its toll on Kerr, and after a series of loses, he went into rehab for three years. Unfortunately, he could not recover his career, even after cleaning himself up and retraining.
On CBD Oil
Bas Rutten also reflected on his struggle with addiction. He had had a painkiller problem that started after his last fight in 2006. He had started taking Vicodin in order to survive the pain he experience post-fight.
“It starts with one pill, then it becomes two, four, seven, ten, and slowly but surely, you are upping the count, and before you know it, you’re taking insane amounts of painkillers.” Rutten said about the experience.
Doctors then told Rutten that the Vicodin he is taking is damaging his liver, and offered him Oxycontin as a substitute. But it soon stopped working as well after a while. He realized what was happening to him and he stopped. In retrospect, he stated, “if there would have been CBD at that time, I might have not become addicted to painkillers. I really hope that all fighters and other athletes will use CBD instead of painkillers.”
To support his stance, he mentioned that in states where medical marijuana and CBD oil has been legalized and easily accessible, a significant drop of opioid abuse has been observed. With it’s non-psychoactive and non-addictive characteristics, he noted that it is the better alternative in dealing with post-fight pain and other long term effects of mixed martial arts, and sports in general.
CBD oil and other Noted Professional Fighters
Bas Rutten isn’t the only professional fighter who advocates using CBD oil over opioid based painkillers. Nate Diaz is also a known MMA advocate of CBD oil, with Vaping as his preferred method of application due to its accessibility and and portability. He was seen vaping a cbd vape pen at a post-fight conference after his 2nd bout with Irish fighter Conor McGregor.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. You want to get this for before or after the fight, in training, to make your life a better place.”
Another noted fighter who uses CBD oil is Cain Velasquez, who uses the compound to manage his knee pain brought by an injury and a knee operation to reduce pressure on his sciatic nerve. He mentions that CBD oil is an invaluable help in his recovery and that it is superior to other forms of painkillers because it is not habit-forming.
Sadly, in spite of the multiple health benefits, CBD, and the rest of the marijuana plant, remains under federal prohibition. This is in spite of the federal government actually patenting CBD. We, along with Rutten and other CBD advocates, wishes that soon, the federal government will open their eyes on its advantages and look past its outdated criticism.