LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) - Former NFL player Kyle Turley is proud to say his home is still in one piece.
Turley says he used to suffer from violent moods during which he broke doors off their hinges and punched holes through walls.
Thanks to cannabis, that's no longer the case.
"Cannabis saved my life. Period," Turley says.
As medicinal marijuana continues to be legalized in more and more states, Turley and many others are choosing cannabis over pharmaceuticals.
Turley's decade in the NFL came with countless blows to his body, leaving him with both mental and physical scars. Team doctors prescribed opioids to deal with the pain — for Turley and plenty of other players. Soon, that morphed into full-fledged addictions. It wasn't until being introduced to cannabis that Turley fully dealt with his problems.
He says that cannabis helped him deal with his violent moods — like those ones where the house ended up damaged — much better than any pharmaceutical.
He reiterates: Cannabis saved his life.
Cannabis is starting to rise in the scientific community as a cure for depression, anxiety, PTSD and other neurological disorders.
Turley has plenty of pro-cannabis allies among former NFL players. Jim McMahon, Ricky WIlliams and Eben Britton have all used cannabis to recover from their various traumas and are now vocal supporters. Eugene Monroe has a website dedicated to the topic. The scientific community is rallying around a drug that, compared to opioids, comes with minimal potential for harm.