Klay Thompson is now a vocal proponent of CBD. The basketball star recently endorsed the product and his co-brand, “Just Live” in an interview with The Undefeated. He started “Just Live” alongside American soccer icon Alex Morgan, famous motorsports driver Travis Pastrana, and skateboarder Paul Rodgriguez. The partnership is a first for the NBA; no active player has ever gotten involved with a CBD (cannabidiol) company besides Thompson.
CBD’s Impact on Klay
In a conversation with Mark Spears of The Undefeated, Thompson called CBD “the future.” Thompson discussed the benefits of CBD in the wake of his ACL tear during the 2019 NBA Finals. He noted its positive impact on his sleep and his overall performance. “I’ve only used it for a few months,” said Thompson, “but it definitely helps.” Also comparing CBD to other painkillers like Aspirin or Tylenol, he addressed skeptics of the substance and emphasized its benefits.
Marijuana in Sports
Thompson’s move could be the start of a trend in the league. Many sources have conveyed that professional basketball players are far from foreign to forms of marijuana. In a February article published by NBC Sports Bay Area, reporters Tom Haberstroh and Monte Poole mentioned that “Six different NBA players, who did not want to be identified, estimated that the percentage of active players using marijuana in some form – buds, edibles, concentrates, CBD oils, lotions, patches – was at least 50 percent and as high as 85 percent.”
Since the above is likely true, Thompson could advance the cannabis market both in basketball and in other sports. Athletes like Thompson are catching on to CBD and other forms of the substance, using it as a painkiller. The NBA has also been overwhelmingly lax on the topic lately. It even refrained from performing marijuana tests inside the 2020 NBA Bubble.