How Cannabis Transformed the Life of Stanley Cup Winner Jeff Friesen
Briefly tell us about your experience with cannabis and CBD. How do you use it to help aid with recovery, both short & long-term.
Playing ice hockey professionally took a major physical toll on my body over the years–from multiple fractured bones to an abdominal tear, trapped nerves, and chronic aches and pains. My doctors prescribed medication after medication not only for the pain, but also for the resulting anxiety and insomnia that came with it. Eventually, it reached the point where I no longer felt like myself. The very medications that were supposed to help me were really only harming me, creating a host of new problems and side effects without properly addressing the underlying issues. Not to mention, they were addictive. As the situation worsened and I came to the end of my 13-year NHL career, I knew that something had to give. I needed a sustainable solution–one that didn’t require being on harsh, synthetic pills. That’s why I turned to cannabis.
I’ll admit, I was nervous to give cannabis a try at first, because at the time, it still had a very negative connotation–but once I did, I knew it was the greatest decision I could have possibly made for my health and wellbeing. Miraculously, this natural plant had the ability to replace every single prescription drug I was on. It relieved the pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia–you name it. Most importantly, it gave me my quality of life back, and it broke the toxic and addictive cycle of pharmaceuticals. Clear-minded for the first time in years, I had finally found myself again.
Amazed and hopeful, I began immersing myself in the world of cannabis to learn as much as I could about the different delivery options available to find the safest, most effective ways to harness the plant’s medicinal power without posing the risk of smoking. Eventually, my research led me to NanoSphere Health Sciences. I feel so blessed that my journey has taken me here. Cannabis now plays a vital role in my daily routine for pain management and sleep quality at night. It’s truly a long-term solution, with benefits I can feel immediately upon application.
Tell us about your discovery of Evolve Formulas Transdermal NanoSerum. What effects did you feel during your first few times using it?
The timing was perfect. I had been following cannabis industry developments for quite some time when I heard about the cutting-edge products that NanoSphere Health Sciences was developing under its brand, Evolve Formulas. I was already interested in smoke-free delivery methods–and the company’s use of nanotechnology fascinated me. I felt called to Colorado to try their pioneering product–the Transdermal NanoSerum–for myself. And I am so glad I did. It was astounding how quickly the serum took effect after absorbing instantly into my skin. Within 10 minutes of rubbing it onto my skin, the pain was gone. It provided both targeted relief to problem areas, and an overall calming feeling as well. I had spent over a decade trying different topicals, searching for a product that could accomplish this.
From its precise dosing to its high bioavailability that allows more of the beneficial cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream, NanoSphere’s technology is unparalleled and sets the industry standard for consistency and quality. It feels incredible to no longer be trapped and reliant on damaging pills. The serum leaves me feeling pain-free, relaxed and mentally focused–without lethargy or the sensation of being “high.” Ultimately the Transdermal NanoSerum presented me with a lasting solution that works better than anything else I’ve come across on the market.
What are thoughts on the use of cannabis in professional sports?
I have firsthand experienced the brutal reality of professional sports injuries, as well as the terrifying cycle of depending on synthetic medications that can steal an athlete’s quality of life and create more suffering. Based on my personal discovery of cannabis and the way it reduced my physical and mental pain, I believe wholeheartedly in the power of the plant to transform lives and help athletes around the world manage pain in a safer, more natural way than the pharmaceutical route. I envision a future where athletes can replace opioids and responsibly try cannabis for themselves without fear of scrutiny or backlash. With increased research and technological advancement, cannabis is well on its way to becoming a mainstream solution, and as a former professional athlete, I’m proud to lend my voice to help further the conversation.
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