The professional wrestling business is demanding on the bodies and minds of its talent. In past generations, alcohol and pills were commonly used to get through the pain.
That approach led to rampant addiction and saw scores of talent passing away, often well under the age of 65. Fans from the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s may especially recall the deaths of fan favorites, often with drugs, alcohol and suicide involved.
Serious, nagging injuries remain common in an industry where performers wrestle numerous times a week, exposing their bodies to significant pain, even when moves are performed as planned.
Today’s era of wrestling talent has appeared to embrace cannabis over the past generation’s more addictive options.
A Modern Solution To An Age-Old Problem
The world of professional wrestling has had its vocal cannabis consumers, most notably veteran Rob Van Dam and former UFC fighter Matt Riddle. Now signed with the family-friendly World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE), it’s expected Riddle will speak less on the subject.
WWE represents the most notable name in the industry. Outside of WWE, cannabis use experienced a slight level of growth in discussion over the years.
“Effy” is a well-known wrestler on the independent circuit who has fought for various promotions. “The Weapon of Sass Destruction” explained how cannabis is part of a larger culture shift in the sport, which now often tries to avoid addictive opioid drugs.
“What you see now is none of the real drug problems …