While playing in the NFL for four years, Irving had suffered from multiple injuries from his feet up to his head. As a defensive tackle, he suffered a high ankle sprain, a torn ligament, 6 broken fingers, a broken wrist, had two new labrums in both shoulders replaced, and over 10 reported concussions. Despite the pain, he would often play through all his injuries from this high impact sport. To help offset the pain, he was often prescribed a long list of unpronounceable prescriptions.
What They Prescribed Him
Rather than giving the players the option to choose their type of recovery, NFL players must listen to the doctors chosen by the NFL. But who knows if these doctors have been bribed by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe certain medications? You never know, especially as we begin to hear about CEOs of pharmaceutical companies getting arrested to put into prison for bribing doctors. While playing for the Chiefs and Cowboys, Irving was prescribed Ambient, Seroquel, Xanax, Hydrocodone, Citalopram, and Gabapentin.
When Choosing Your Health Leads to Rehab
But when Irving chose #plantsoverpills and tested positive for street drugs–yes the NFL considered cannabis as a street drug–he was sent to rehab. He considers his experience in rehab as ‘bittersweet’. While he hated being confined in a prison cell like environment like that over a plant, he tried to make the best out of the situation. He enjoyed the therapy that was unrelated to drugs, such as yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation. The therapy allowed him to find himself and he was able to work through a lot of things from his childhood and felt as though he became a better person after the experience. He even met some lifelong friends. Although he believes he benefited from the experience, enough was enough. It was time he finally took control over his life again. Forced rehab for healthy alternatives was no longer an acceptable option.
On March 1, 2019, Irving decided to quit the NFL over a live video on Instagram. Irving chose to create the ’Plants Over Pills’ movement because he wanted to finally put his health before wealth. He prefers plants over pills because it’s natural. Cannabis has no harmful side effects, yet it is able to cover everything that pharmaceuticals can. Plain n’ simple. Have you experienced a similar situation of converting from pharmaceuticals to cannabis? Let us know why you’re part of the #plantsoverpills movement in the comment section down below!