Basketball Hall of Famer and Levin Health sports advisory board member Lauren Jackson is seeking a therapeutic use exemption for medicinal cannabis which could see her make a shock comeback in September’s FIBA World Cup.
The 40-year-old was forced into retirement with chronic knee pain in 2016, but has found relief since turning to medicinal cannabis and will return to action for second-tier NBL team Albury-Wodonga Bandits in April.
Jackson said medicinal cannabis had been critical to her ability to recover and to her comeback and she would explore options to get the exemption.
Sports science company Levin Health uses an evidence-based approach to develop pharmaceutical-grade medicinal cannabis products and treatments.
Upon joining the firm’s advisory board, Jackson said: “I finished playing basketball with knee, hip and back issues and was thinking about medicinal cannabis to deal with chronic pain as a safe alternative to other medications I had been previously prescribed.
“After discussing this with my doctor, I was provided with a prescription and my body is starting to feel much better than before.”
Despite the impact of medicinal cannabis on her physical fitness, Jackson downplayed her prospects of competing in the world cup.
“I haven’t played in eight years, it would be absolutely stupid of me to sit here and say I’m going to be there because I’m not at this point,” she said.
“To be pain free, get out and move again is what I’m hoping for.”