Kyle Turley said in an interview with ESPN on November 5th that cannabis has helped to restore his mind and body after years of utilizing harsh prescription drugs. "My relationship with the pharmaceutical industry started in 1996 when I blew my first knee out at San Diego State..." Turley explains in the interview. He described how the use of prescription drugs brought him to suicidal and homicidal thoughts as well as depression and how once he was able to balance himself with cannabis he realized these thoughts were "100 percent a side effect of the medications". "If it weren't for cannabis I don't think I would have made it back...(cannabis) quickly took those thoughts away from me," he explains as he discussed an instance in 2011 where he contemplated suicide and would have almost taken his life had it not been for immediate access to cannabis.
"We give ourselves a brain disease every hit we take. So if there's something out there that can help slow, prevent and stop the progression of this disease that we're inherently receiving from playing this sport, it behooves everybody that loves football to demand that we research and develop this to the highest level. This needs to be implemented immediately in my opinion, but if we want to really resolve the issues and save football then we need to advance and progress the science on cannabis and not follow any further. There is no excuse for us to say we don't know enough anymore about a plant that is grown from the ground for thousands of years and used as medicine around the world," said Turley as he asks the NFL to look into ways in which cannabis can help with brain injuries as shown by recent research. Turley is part of the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition
and has been promoting his thoughts for a while now.
"It's been over 8 months that I've been completely free from all of that (heavy pharmaceutical and even aspirin) and I only use cannabis; my life is getting exponentially better, I'm getting myself back, my mind is starting to come back," he says as he describes using different strains of cannabis to address different issues spanning from helping identify areas of physical pain, providing emotional and psychiatric relief in addition to helping alleviate physical pain.
Read more on the interview and watch the full video here