Top 40 Most Influential Athletes in the Cannabis Industry
Montana is part of a $75 million investment in the cannabis brand Caliva. Montana’s involvement was through his venture capital firm, but he said he was investing in an industry he thinks “can provide relief to many people and can make a serious impact on opioid use or addiction.”
Hall of Fame, Super Bowl Champion
By Reginald Grant, MS Ed. , October 22, 2020
Paul Pierce launched his own CBD line called ‘The Truth’Pierce’s “The Truth” line and aforementioned vaporizer, Vesper, will be sold exclusively on Eaze Wellness, an online CBD marketplace that ships to customers over 21 years old in 42 states and Washington, D.C.
Hall of Fame, NBA Champion
She’s currently partnered with the hemp oil company, HempMeds. she is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the first openly gay female to compete inside the famous cage. She uses CBD to heal faster and to train harder.
Carmouche, aka the “Girl-illa” MMA
The Indianapolis Star called Al Harrington a “marijuana tycoon.” Why? Well because of his Viola brand, a vertically integrated cannabis company named after Harrington’s grandma. According to the Star, Harrington is about to raise funding for a $100 million valuation.
Retired 16 year NBA player
Dr. Julie Anthony
Dr. Julie Anthony is a ITA Hall of Famer. She played for Stanford, and helped establish World Team Tennis in 1974. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology.Anthony nows works as a sports psychologist. She is a member of Athletes for Care and is an advocate for cannabis.
Tennis Hall of Fame
Retired Heavyweight boxing Champion
In 2017, he and partner Robert Hickman teamed up to launch the Ranch Companies, a world-class branding organization with a diversified cannabis product and entertainment portfolio that includes Tyson Ranch. When he was just 20 years old, Mike Tyson became the world’s youngest heavyweight boxing champion.
Canadian MMA fighter
Elias Michael Theodorou is a Canadian mixed martial artist of Greek descent. He competed for the UFC in the Middleweight division and won The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia. The Canadian "Cannabis Act," prohibits athletes from being sponsored by cannabis companies. He is an outspoken advocate for medical marajuana and recreational legalization in Canada.
Former NCAA athlete
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The athlete perhaps most associated with cannabis finally turned his advocacy into business action. Last year, Ricky Williams founded Real Wellness brand, a line of products that infuses cannabis with holistic and Eastern medicinal practices.
Retired 12 year NFL veteran
NFL player, 3x Super Bowl Champion
Gronkowksi announced that the next phase of his post-NFL career will include a partnership with CBD products company CBDMedic to create a line of topical pain treatments using the cannabis-derived compound. Gronkowski said in a press conference that his father first introduced him to a CBDMedic topical cream for use as a pain reliever (his father uses it for back pain),
The former pro football player spent eight years as an offensive lineman and helped found Neuro XPF, a hemp-derived cannabis supplement. Turley stated that Cannabis saved his life; Turley continues to raise awareness about the medicinal value of cannabis .
Retired NFL player
Sponsored by Tokyo Starfish, she sends the company videos and photos throughout the winter. She also wears their T-shirts and hoodies and markets them to snowboarding fans on her social media. The owners of the Oregon-based dispensary Tokyo Starfish all previously worked in the snowboarding industry before they transitioned into opening a dispensary.
Megan Rapinoe & Sue Bird
Olympic Soccer star & WNBA star
Mendi, a CBD startup company, has “athlete ambassadors” who help promote their products, including soccer player and Women’s World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe, and her girlfriend, WNBA player Sue Bird. The athlete ambassadors receive Mendi products to promote on their social channels and attend Mendi events. The company was founded by Rapinoe’s twin sister, Rachael, who is also a former pro soccer player. Although CBD is banned in the WNBA, Bird uses it in her off-season.
In 2019, along with his daughter Tyla, Salley launched Deuces 22, a cannabis brand that focuses on selling high-quality cannabis while focusing on health and wellness. Tyla, is the CEO and president.
16 year NBA & 3 time NBA Champion
Eric is CEO of Quanta, an applied science company, focused on enhancing energy levels in plant matter, including hemp and cannabis, to increase performance within the human body.
Retired professional baseball player
Advocate for cannabis, In March 2016, Monroe became the first active National Football League (NFL) player to openly advocate for cannabis use to treat sports-related injury and chronic pain. http://eugenemonroe.com/
Retired NFL player
He founded Floyd’s of Leadville, a company that produces CBD products intended to ease pain and inflammation. “For years I relied on opioid pain relievers to treat my hip pain. With cannabis, I find that I can manage my pain and have a better quality of life. We need to give people a safer alternative.”
Retired cyclist & Tour deFrance Champion
Katina Morales is the owner and creator of Betty Khronic, a line of vegan energy bars. She now helps other athletes incorporate cannabis into their healthy lifestyle through her line of infused energy bars.
Former distance runner
She became the first female champion snowboarder, and the only woman to compete in the World Extreme Snowboarding Championship in 1992. Gaines founded The Hempery, a hemp-based skincare line. She is also an active member of Women Grow.
Singer and former fly-flisher, and extreme snowboarder.
He is also the founder of Uncle Spliffy, and he is a member of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana in Connecticut. Robinson is dedicated to raising awareness of the racial injustice and disparities created by the War on Drugs. He regularly lobbies in favor of cannabis legalization.
Retired NBA all-star, 16 year vetran
Collins is sponsored by The Farm Marijuana Dispensary. Collins is the only endurance runner that’s sponsored by a cannabis company. He runs in competitions that range from 50-200 miles per day.
He co-hosts the “Caveman Poet Society Podcast” (formally the “Mindful Warrior Podcast”). He’s a member of Athletes for CARE, Jackson is outspoken about the benefits of cannabis for athletes, and for veterans.
Retired NFL player, a 7 year vetran
Calvin Johnson & Rob Sims, Jr.
Former wide receiver Calvin Johnson and former guard Rob Sims Jr. expand their brand Primitive in to multipal locations.
Retired NFL players "Megatron" and Rob Sims, Jr.
Amy Van Dyken
A six-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer
She suffered an ATV accident in 2014, which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Van Dyken credits CBD from hemp for allowing her to manage neuropathic pain, and live a normal life. She partnered with Kannaway, a hemp lifestyle network, in 2018. She advocates for Kannaway’s CBD products because they’ve drastically improved her quality of life.
Retired pro NHL hockey player and coach.
Known as the “enforcer, he spent eight years in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a left-winger. After his retirement in 2010, Cote founded the HempHeals Foundation and co-founded Athletes for CARE. He discovered the therapeutic benefits of cannabis at an early age from his sister, who used it to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Retired Canadian snowboarder & Olympian
He won an Olympic gold medal in 1998, but it was briefly revoked after THC was found in his system. In a strange turn of events, his gold medal was returned to him after the Olympic Committee admitted that cannabis was not included on their list of banned substances. The case made him a household name and brought cannabis into the spotlight. Rebagliati recently founded Legacy, a cannabis lifestyle brand.
She is sponsored by Wana Brands, a cannabis company that produces cannabis-infused products, like Wana Recreational Tarts.
Colorado based ultramarathoner
Shamrock co-hosted The BakeOut Show, a talk show aimed to educate the mainstream audience about cannabis. He’s a member of Athletes for Care and regularly speaks at events including the World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo.
Retired MMA fighter, and undefeated UFC Middleweight champion.
Personal Trainer, Social Media Influecer
Kaho works to educate others about cannabis as a conduit to health and fitness. The personal trainer’s method pairs certain breathing techniques with workout routines. Kaho has appeared at the 420 Games, he was a wrestler, and an award-winning football player in high school. But, his plans for an athletic career were put on hold when he suffered a torn meniscus.
Retired NFL and Gold Metal Olympian
Mr. Brown is an entrepreneur who specializes in business development and is an active member of many charitable organizations. His role at Vivera will include developing new business opportunities and building strategic relationships. Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on non-addictive pain management, Mr. Ron Brown is on its Advisory Board. He is also a board member of The Cannabis Consumer Policy Council (CCPC) is a coalition of cannabis advocates, dedicated to empowering and protecting all cannabis consumers from discriminatory laws and policies.
Retired NFL all-pro
Barber is hoping to cash in on the growth of the marijuana business in the United States. Barber co-founded Grove Group Management, an investment firm that plans to focus on cannabis start-ups.
Barber is open about his cannabis use: he loves weed. Nonetheless, he is not your traditional consumer. “I do not smoke,” he disclosed.
He’s on a mission to encourage other athletes to try CBD, and rid it of negative stigma. He said his body is constantly inflamed, and his muscle are always sore. He told “Outside” magazine that he turned to CBD after he strained a hip flexor.
Former elite cyclist and current triathlete
Athlete & Entrepreneur
Jim has founded a series of sports companies and events, including Snowbomb.com, and Snowbomb Ski and Snowboard Festivals. In 2014, he founded the 420 Games, a nationwide athletic competition for cannabis enthusiasts. McAlpine is also the founder of the New West Summit and co-founded Power Plant Fitness, a cannabis-friendly gym.
Ganja yoga extraordinaire
She is credited as the first teacher to publically offer cannabis-infused yoga classes in the U.S. and Canada. Dussault offers a series of ganja yoga classes, from New York City to L.A. She’s also the author of “Ganja Yoga.” She’s also a certified sex therapist. it was Dussault who brought ganja yoga from her living room in Toronto to mainstream studios throughout North America. Now, the fitness trend is everywhere.
Retired NFL player (11 seasons)
Washington is an advocate for the medical use of cannabis, as well as an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry. In 2017 Washington was part of a lawsuit filed against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, seeking to overturn the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Washington is a board member of Athletes for Care, a group that advocates for athletes on various issues of health and safety including the use of cannabis as medicine
Retired NFL player (6 seasons)
Britton co-founded Athletes for Care alongside Nate Jackson. The non-profit organization supports research and education and encourages athletes of all levels to use their platform to improve global health. He also hosts the “Caveman Poet Society” podcast, and is the founder Be Tru Organics. The former NFL player leads the growing list of players who advocated cannabis’ removal from the league’s list of banned substances. Washington, is vice president of business development at the CBD company Isodiol International Inc. (OTCQB: ISOLF)
Retired NBA Champion & NBA Coach
The NBA legend is the vice chairman and CEO of One WorldPharma Inc. (OTCQB: OWPC). "All industries — with the way we’re focused on climate change — everyone is looking to reduce their carbon footprint," he said. Hemp is a sustainable material that can be used to replace plastics and other environmentally unfriendly materials, Thomas told the Cannabis Capital Conference. “Sitting on 1 million acres of hemp and being able to supply and meet the demands of the auto industry, the construction industry ... the only way we’re going to be able to cleanse the environment and reduce our carbon footprint is through hemp.”