When former professional cyclists Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie were suspended for doping during their careers one might expect them to steer away from anything related to drugs, instead, both have started a company that promotes medicinal cannabis.
Zabriskie was stripped of all his race results from May 2003 to July 20016, while Landis admitted to doping from 2002 to 2006.
Landis, who used to race under Armstrong’s US Postal team, have been involved in legal battles, which opened up Armstrong’s doping scandals that led to his lifetime ban from all sports that follow the World Anti-Doping Agency code.
Floyd Landis was described as “bitter” and “angry at the world” following the collapse of his career. Life was difficult for the blacklisted former rider and he said, “I’m not going to work at a normal job. It brings too much baggage with it.” Apparently in reference to his doubted credibility being involved in past controversies.
Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie have since pedaled from performance-enhancing doping to selling recreational drugs. After all, it may be the one department where their experiences would not be in question.
As athletes, both have dealt with nagging body aches and pains. The market for their cannabis-based products would be athletes who want to relax or feel good after a workout.
“Some people say it helps with their focus and attention. For me, it’s for afterward to help mitigate pain.” Landis said. His brand name, Floyd’s of Leadville, will be selling products similar to what Landis had used when had undergone hip surgery in 20016.
Creams with cannabidiol extracts are known to relieve pain and inflammation. On Floyd’s of Leadville products, Landis says, “We take a transdermal substrate, a base that’s designed for administering hormones,” he says. “We add oil extracts of THC or CBD. It absorbs quickly into the bloodstream. It’s a lot faster than eating.”
He added, “The therapeutic uses for cannabis can’t be ignored. 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.”
Floyd’s of Leadville will launch on Thursday in Denver, Colorado, a town over from Lance Armstrong whom he had accused of being a fraud.
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