Ex-Bear Jim McMahon: Weed Helped Get Me Off Narcotic Pain Pills
Chicago Bears Legend Jim McMahon says medical marijuana helped him kick a horrible addiction he had to pain pills. McMahon has been plagued by a multitude of health problems following his 15-year career and multiple concussions in the NFL. He has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and has severe headaches, depression, memory loss, and vision and speech problems. He also said he suffered a broken neck. The key for McMahon to get off the pain pills he took regularly throughout his NFL career he stated was marijuana.
McMahon told the Chicago Tribune that he had been taking over 100 Percocet pills a month to treat pain for his shoulders, neck and arms, but switched over to weed when medical marijuana was approved in Arizona (where he lives) in 2010.
“[The pills] were doing more harm than good,” said Jim … who also suffers from early onset dementia, headaches and depression.
“This medical marijuana has been a godsend. It relieves me of the pain — or thinking about it, anyway.”
McMahon stated he smoke weed in the morning to help him get up, again in the afternoon, and again at night to help him get some sleep.