A former Super Rugby star has claimed the number of players who are addicted to pain killers has become an â€śepidemicâ€ť.
â€śIt got pretty bad, yeah,â€ť Hart told Stuff.
â€śIt even became a bit of a fun thing to do, pop a few and kick back on the couch and get a bit of a buzz.â€ť
However, Hart said that he wasnâ€™t alone and claimed pain-killers are being given out to athletes â€ślike lolliesâ€ť.
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â€śHonestly I wasnâ€™t too bad compared to some guys, I was definitely on the road to a dark place though. Itâ€™s really somewhat of an epidemic. I knew that, so (I) started looking for an alternative.â€ť
After admitting to himself that he had become addicted to prescription pills, Hart found that alternative pain solution in CBD oil â€“ another highly restricted, prescription-only drug â€“ and convinced a number of former All Blacks to try it too.
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CBD oil is legal under the World Anti-Doping Agency laws, but is still a controlled substance in both New Zealand and the UK.
â€śI started reading a bunch of stuff from elite athletes around the world, like Nate Diaz (UFC) and guys in the NFL who swore by the stuff,â€ť Hart said.
â€śCBD, when done right, is a safe alternative to the drugs athletes are traditionally filled with. That stuff is not good and I have seen the dark side of it.â€ť
Now playing in the UKâ€™s RFU Championship for the Bedford Blues, Hart says CBD oilâ€™s effectiveness in treating his pain and helping with recovery has been life-changing.
â€śMy inflammation went way down and my sleep improved out of sight,â€ť he said.
â€śI didnâ€™t feel anymore like I needed painkillers which was a first in I donâ€™t know how long.â€ť
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