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Basketball Star Lauren Jackson Wants To “Change People’s Lives” With Medical Cannabis

How a knee injury led Jackson into the world of medical cannabis.

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Basketball star Lauren Jackson is nothing short of a legend in the sports world, and now she’s helping remove the stigma around cannabis too.

We’ve known Jackson to be the first Australian player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She’s also seen as one of the best female basketball players around the globe.

Jackson is a two-time WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm (2004 and 2010), three-time MVP (2003, 2007, 2010), seven-time WNBA All-Star, and overall number-one pick in the 2001 draft. Not only this, but the basketball star also won four Olympic medals (three silver and one bronze) and led the Opals to their renowned World Cup victory back in 2006.

There were definitely a few bumps down the road for Jackson, and some were hurdles she never thought she’d jump. In 2016, Jackson was struck with a horrible knee injury that cut her career short and kept her from participating in her fifth Olympics in Rio. Jackson was forced into early retirement in 2016.

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Jackson’s career was burdened with numerous surgeries, leaving her to rely on painkillers. The basketball legend always felt chronic, debilitating pain around her knee, and it managed to spread up her legs into her hip and lower back, which ultimately was too much to continue playing.

But, low and behold, Jackson consulted with her GP, and she began finding more information about alternative treatments for her pain, which is when she was prescribed medical cannabis for the first time. Jackson told ABC News that “It’s been incredible.”

Medical cannabis has “helped her a lot” and allowed her to reach the point where she’s able to train again and live a very active lifestyle, and most importantly, she can keep up with her two little boys. Amazed by the benefits, Jackson recently joined a new Sports Advisory Board led by Melbourne-based sports medicine company, Levin Group.

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The advisory board develops pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis to help treat chronic pain and concussions in athletes. Jackson hopes that her personal experience with injuries and medical cannabis will help remove the stigma associated with cannabis in general.

Witnessing the positive effects of medical cannabis for the first time, Jackson explained how it’s something she “personally believes in” because of how her body reacted and handled the plant. Now, she strives to bring the message to the masses and “hopefully help change people’s lives.”

December 06, 2021
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