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Putting Recovery On The Map

04-16-18 | By

Former NBA Star Credits Marijuana To Aid Crack Addiction

Image Courtesy of BET

Former NBA Champion Lamar Odom has credited marijuana use to helping him combat his crack cocaine addiction. Taking his newfound cannabis use to a new level, the athlete has decided to venture on his own and start a business for marijuana-based products, a growing market in states where pot is legal.

“While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains that support wellness,” the 38 year old said. “Friends, associates, and ex-teammates asked me what solutions I was using on my road back to recovery, and that’s when Rich Soil Organics was born.”

The former Laker player’s history with crack cocaine is well-documented. From 2013 to 2016 Odom has circulated news outlets with family confrontations, failed attempts of interventions, reports of multiple affairs and crack binges incorporating “crack pipes, baggies, and roaches” in his Calabasas home. However, last summer Odom opened up about his cocaine addiction that nearly cost him his life, and said in a press release that he found marijuana to be helpful in his recovery from hard drugs.

“I’m A Walking Miracle.”

The athlete was hospitalized in October 2015 after being found unconscious in a legal brothel in Nevada. “I was home by myself. Bored. I wanted to get out and have a good time. Looking back, I might have had a drink to get the mood started, but was I drunk or on drugs? Not at all,” Odom recalled the incident in an interview with Us in March 2017. “I remember lying in bed. Two women were in bed and then I fell asleep. That’s all. When I woke up four days later, I was trying to pull the tubes out of my mouth.”

However, even after the 2015 incident, the star was still caught in the midst of his crack addiction. A TMZ report discloses friends and family confronting him about his substance abuse in the middle of 2016. “We’re told the fear is that Odom believes he’s invincible – as evidenced by the fact he’s been hitting bars and drinking while still recovering from the damage he suffered from the overdose. People close to him thought he’d been scared straight after he overdosed at a Nevada brothel back in October,” a friend of the athlete notes.

Odom, who was separated from ex-wife Khloé Kardashian during the health scare, suffered 12 strokes and two heart attacks, and doctors fought to save his life. “I’m a walking miracle,” he told Us at the time.

Can Marijuana Aid In Recovery?

However, walking on controversial ground with this statement, experts argue about marijuana’s use in the aid of recovery of drug addiction. Can marijuana actually aid in recovery? Does it serve as a potential pitfall back into the world of hard drugs? Experts explain there are different types of cannabis that have different affects on the body.

“It’s playing with fire.” Dr. Howard Samuels, co-founder of The Hills Treatment Center in Southern California and recovering heroin addict explains. He notes the difference between CBD and THC is key. “An addict is a person who can’t control the drug, the drug controls them. Once you’ve crossed that line, this is where you have to admit you’re powerless over this part. In order to gain back power in your life, you stay away from all drugs and alcohol,” he says in an interview with People. He also mentions that former/recovering addicts are fine to take CBD, but should abstain from marijuana with THC, and remain completely sober.

However, Dr. Cali Estes, an addiction specialist notes the benefits of CBD oil. “THC is the type of drug that makes you high. The CBD oil is that piece that doesn’t. The CBD oil is very good for you, it’s relaxing. It helps fight cancer and inflammation in your body. It makes you feel good but doesn’t get you high.”

“Instead Of Turning to Marijuana…It’s About Being Grateful.”

However, Dr. Samuels disagrees. “Instead of turning to marijuana, he says, “for anyone who is in true recovery, it’s about surrounding yourself with other people who abstain from drugs and alcohol in order to have a support system. It’s about going to 12-step meetings … it’s about [Odom] being grateful that he’s not an active addict anymore.”

The basketball player checked into rehab in December of 2016 to “take time to focus on himself.” His divorce from the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, Khloe Kardashian was finalized later that month. Odom’s recent partner with “Camp Green” for this venture will be offering a variety of cannabis products, including flowers, concentrates, extracts, and other CBD/THC infusions. He added: “It’s a perfect time to offer these cannabis solutions to the public who may be going through similar body issues as I am.”

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