Former NBA star Lamar Odom, best known for his stints with the Clippers and Lakers as well as his appearances on reality TV, has famously struggled with drug addiction. Odom overdosed on crack cocaine at a brothel in Nevada and eventually wound up in a coma back in 2015, a well publicized event that lead to his current sobriety and advocacy for marijuana. In a candid admission that is somewhat surprising considering his significant troubles with substance abuse, Odom credits cannabis for helping him through this particularly difficult time of his life. So much so that he is launching his own cannabis business venture named Rich Soil Organics, which is said to provide marijuana based products such as extracts and concentrates. Odom will be starting his new venture in California with hopes of expanding across the country soon.
Can marijuana be an effective treatment for crack cocaine addiction and addiction in general? People reached out to a couple of addiction experts for their expert opinions on the viability of using cannabis and related products as a form of treatment for addiction issues. Follow the link below for more on their look into using marijuana as a treatment to help addicts overcome their dependence on harmful substances.
Lamar Odom, who has battled crack cocaine addiction, recently stated that he found marijuana was helpful in his treatment and recovery for substance abuse.
“While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains that support wellness,” the former NBA star, 38, who is investing in a new marijuana business, told The Blast. “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.”
Odom said he wanted to offer “cannabis solutions to the public who may be going through similar body issues.” The “organically grown, pesticide-free cannabis” products will include flowers, concentrates, extracts and other CBD/THC infusions.
So, can marijuana really aid in the recovery of drug addiction? Experts explain there are different types of cannabis that have different affects on the body.
“When you take a cannabis plant and you separate it, you have cannabinoid, as it’s called,” Dr. Cali Estes, a addiction specialist, who has not treated Odom, tells PEOPLE. “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 very relaxing. It helps fight cancer and inflammation in your body. It makes you feel good but doesn’t get you high.”