Former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski’s “next chapter” involves a campaign to get professional sports leagues to loosen their restrictions on medical cannabis.
The retired former Patriots tight end announced at a press conference in New York City on Tuesday that he has partnered with Abacus Health to launch a line of CBD products, after Gronkowski said the products changed his life.
“I immediately made CBDMedic part of my recovery,” Gronkowski said of his post-retirement treatment. “And now for the first time in more than a decade, I am pain-free. And that is a big deal.”
Citing his countless injuries and his nine surgeries during his playing career, Gronkowski said he had no choice but to retire.
“[The injuries] took an absolute beating on my mind and my soul. I was hurt both mentally and physically, day in and day out,” Gronkowski said. “I decided to walk away from the game for one reason: I had to recover.”
Gronkowski said his own results have led to him choosing to make a plea to professional sports leagues to allow active players to use CBD products to treat their own injuries.