After Wrestling for Over Three Decades, Hulk Hogan Reveals Why He Started His Cannabis Business at 69 Years of Age

Published 05/30/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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In pro wrestling, injuries are commonplace. In a bid to entertain fans, wrestlers put their bodies on the line week after week. Over the years, we have seen many careers cut short due to grave and life-threatening injuries. Former torchbearer of WWE, Hulk Hogan, recently revealed how he coped with his battered body from wrestling. It turns out that Hulk Hogan used cannabis to assuage the years of pain and suffering from wrestling. 

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For the unversed, The Immortal One was recently announced as the Chief Brand Officer for his new business venture, the Carma HoldCo brand. The project caters to athletes looking to unhook themselves from pharmaceuticals for pain management.

As unconventional as it may look, the scientific benefits of cannabis as a means to alleviate pain cannot be impugned. But, what occasioned Hulk Hogan to start his cannabis business?

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The real reason Hulk Hogan is starting his cannabis business

While speaking with Alfred Konuwa from Forbes, the WWE Hall of Famer revealed what propelled him into starting the cannabis business. According to him, undergoing 28 surgeries in the last 10 years motivated him to take a different approach to managing his pain.

The Hulkster added that prescription drugs rendered him “foggy”. The wrestling legend previously took two Tylenol in the morning and in the afternoon with a cup of coffee as a means of treatment. However, the painkillers had an adverse effect on Hulk Hogan’s body. 

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“Basically the last 10 years, I’ve had about 28 surgeries. Between the pain, the inflammation and the doctors always giving me the pain pills after the surgeries, I was miserable. I got to the point where the only thing I was taking were two Tylenols in the morning, and then two Tylenols in the afternoon with a cup of coffee to kick them in. But even that was too much for me. They affect me differently than most people,” said Hulk Hogan.

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Thankfully, Hogan met Mike Tyson, Ric Flair, and Chad Bronstein(Hogan’s business partner) who helped him adopt a different treatment for pain management. Mike Tyson and Ric Flair have been instrumental in promoting cannabis to athletes as a means of treatment for pain besides its recreational use.

Nevertheless, Hulk Hogan is now on a similar mission as the other two legends, looking to destigmatize the use of cannabis due to its medical benefits. At one point during the interview, Hogan was asked if he ever got “high” before. The multi-time World Champion had a rather interesting answer.

Hogan indirectly admits that he is no stranger to getting high on cannabis

Since we are talking about cannabis, the question on everybody’s mind is if Hulk Hogan ever got high. Well, the interviewer didn’t hold back and asked the Hulkster if he had ever experienced the altered state of consciousness with other athletes or celebrities.

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Hulk Hogan then indirectly stated that he has “been around the block a couple of times”. From the late 70s to the 80s, Hogan lived in the “wild, wild west”. The wrestling legend alluded to having had an experience with Blondie & Cindy Lauper, and Andy Warhol at the Madison square garden. 

“Oh, I have, back in the day, of course. I started wrestling in the late ‘70s, my man. And during the ‘80s it was the wild, wild west. We were at Madison Square Garden with Blondie and Cindy Lauper and Andy Warhol. So I’ve been around the block a couple times, if you know what I’m saying,” stated Hulk Hogan.

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