Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has confessed to using medical marijuana for four months and said he would recommend it to others.
Richmond Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has revealed that he uses medical marijuana to help combat chronic back pain.
The 49-year-old has suffered from back problems since a bicycle accident 10 years ago, and the three-time Prime Minister’s trainer has struggled to exercise ever since.
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But talking to him herald sunHardwick explained how the doctor-prescribed medication helped him combat his back pain.
“I started taking medical cannabis about four months ago,” he said.
“It really made a difference to my pain and I would recommend anyone with chronic pain to discuss medical cannabis with their doctor.
“I had a bike accident with my son about 10 years ago and have suffered from chronic back pain ever since.
“I found it difficult to exercise, and even sitting at my desk for a long time was painful.”
According to News Corp, more than 240,000 prescriptions for medical marijuana have been written in Australia since it was first approved in 2016. However, current AFL players cannot use medical cannabis under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.
Meanwhile, Richmond has lost promising key defender Josh Gibcus due to Covid-19 protocols.
turning to debuting 197cm Bigoa Nyuon to fill the void against Hawthorn on Saturday.
Premiership stars Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin (non-Covid illness) will return after missing last weekend’s win over Collingwood.
Handsome backman Hugo Ralphsmith (broken ribs) will resume in the VFL after being sidelined for three games, while veteran Shane Edwards will coach.
The athletic Gibcus has played all but one game this season since he was the No. 9 pick in last year’s draft and is already shaping up to be an important piece in the club’s future.
Tarrant was booked for Richmond’s Round 7 clash with West Coast and was also not selected for the Magpies match, with Hardwick revealing after the match that the ex-Kangaroo was battling a hip problem.
The 32-year-old is not on the Tigers’ official IL and played at the second-tier level last week, so it’s unclear where he fits into immediate plans after signing a two-year deal in October. .
Kenyan-born one of eight brothers, Nyuon impressed in the VFL with his interception record and racked up 18 eliminations, seven tags and six hauls last weekend.
— with Marc McGowan, NCA NewsWire
Originally published as Richmond Tigers coach Damien Hardwick’s medical marijuana relief.