AFL news 2022: Damien Hardwick medicinal marijuana relief, Richmond Tigers

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has confessed to using medical marijuana for four months, saying he would recommend it to others.

Richmond Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has revealed he uses medical marijuana to fight chronic back pain.

The 49-year-old has suffered from back problems since a cycling accident 10 years ago, with the three-time trainer struggling to exercise since.

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But speaking to sun heraldHardwick explained how doctor-prescribed medication helped him with back pain.

“I started taking medical cannabis about four months ago,” he said.

“It has really made a difference to my pain and I would recommend anyone with chronic pain to discuss medical cannabis with their doctor.

“I had an accident while cycling with my son about 10 years ago and since then I have suffered from chronic back pain.

“I had trouble exercising, and even sitting at my desk for long periods of time was painful.”

According to News Corp, more than 240,000 prescriptions for medical marijuana have been written in Australia since it was first approved in 2016. However, current AFL players are not allowed to use medical cannabis under Agency rules. World Anti-Doping.

Meanwhile, Richmond lost promising key defender Josh Gibcus to Covid-19 protocols,

looking to 197cm debutant Bigoa Nyuon to fill the void against Hawthorn on Saturday.

Premiership stars Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin (non-Covid illness) will return after missing out on last weekend’s win over Collingwood.

Dashing backman Hugo Ralphsmith (broken ribs) will return to the VFL after being sidelined for three games, while veteran Shane Edwards will be managed.

The athletic Gibcus has played in all but one game this season since being the No.9 pick in last year’s draft and is already emerging as a major part of the club’s future.

Tarrant was ruled for Richmond’s Round 7 clash with West Coast and was also not selected for the Magpies game, with Hardwick revealing after the game that the ex-Kangaroo was battling a hip problem .

The 32-year-old is not on the Tigers’ official injured list and played in the second tier last week. So it’s unclear where he stands in the immediate plans after signing a two-year contract in October.

Kenyan-born Nyuon, who is one of eight siblings, impressed in the VFL with his interception marking and amassed 18 eliminations, seven marks and six loots last weekend.

— with Marc McGowan, NCA NewsWire

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