Draymond Green on pot for pain: Like ‘any vegetable…they encourage you to eat it’

Steve Kerr and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors

Leave it to Draymond Green to come up with a hilarious take on Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr’s admission he used marijuana to deal with pain.

On Saturday, the forward called pot “a vegetable” when asked how he felt about it.

Kerr opened up some eyes when he admitted he used cannabis during his painful ordeal with chronic back pain.

“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr said Friday on The Warriors Insider Podcast.”

The head coach said marijuana did not agree with him and he didn’t like it. But by admitting it he has joined the chorus of prominent public figures in pro sports that are voicing their belief that cannabis is much healthier than the oft-prescribed opiods that are handed out like candy, especially in the NFL.

“It’s way worse for you than pot, especially if you’re looking for a painkiller and you’re talking about medicinal marijuana, the different strains what they’re able to do with it as a pain reliever.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before the NBA and NFL and Major League Baseball realize that.”

We’ve recently spoken with outspoken advocate and former NFL player, Eugene Monroe, who passionately believes the NFL needs to allow players to use cannabis to help deal with pain, inflammation and brain trauma. He also is investing his own money into research to further this cause and is a leading figure spearheading the growing movement to allow it as an alternative to opioids (full interview here).

Green’s comment is a lighthearted attempt to perhaps help people understand that marijuana is a plant that has been around since ancient times. It has been used for both recreational and medicinal purposes since that time in history and has only been a banned substance in America since the 1930s.

As American becomes more liberal in its view of cannabis, it only seems logical that America’s great sports will follow suit.