The PuraPhy 20 is a ranked list of individuals who fit in different categories who—right now—wield significant influence in the world of hemp oil/CBD be it with consumers, businesses, governmental officials, regulatory agencies or others. PuraPhy believes that to hold genuine power is to have the ability to persuade and influence wide swaths of relevant stakeholders. PuraPhy 20’s categories will include celebrities, politicians, athletes, scientists, influencers and more.
The PuraPhy 20 list below ranks some of the biggest athletes on the planet based on just how influential they are in shaping public opinion about the use of hemp oil/CBD and how it impacts both the exploding industry as well as the sports and pop cultural zeitgeist in the US and beyond. From David Beckham to Rob Gronkowski and from Megan Rapinoe to Paul Pierce, the roster of superstar jocks who use and love CBD is as eclectic as one might expect. And then some.
BY RICHARD PÉREZ-FERIA
Way, way, way back, before the global pandemic upended our lives for two years and Rob Gronkowski was still retired from the NFL, he became a strategic partner with CBDMEDIC, a CBD company so big, it insists on capitalizing all its letters in its name. No surprise, then, Gronk chose CBDMEDIC because we all know there’s not a damn thing small about this superstar athlete and legendary NFL tight end, least of which is his outsized personality.
So, as he was pondering coming back from retirement for a possible reunion with Tom Brady, the all-galaxy quarterback, Gronk joked about one of his conditions to make that happen (at least we think he was joking): “So, I’m gonna be doing his treatment, doing his pliability, and if Tom comes over and rubs some CBDMEDIC on me, then I’ll feel twice as good then and I’ll be ready to go.”
The question must be asked: If Gronk used CBD earlier in his career, would he have retired in the first place? “I’m not saying CBD would’ve helped me make five more spectacular one-handed catches, but it could’ve helped me out big time with some of the hits that I took.”
No doubt. Good thing CBDMEDICS specializes in topical pain relief products, particularly popular with athletes, Gronk very much included.