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Darren McCarty On Using Medical Marijuana

from Sandra McNeill of CBS Detroit,

It’s been a long, troubled and well-documented road for former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty. Failed marriages. Money troubles. Most of all, always there — the problem with alcohol.

McCarty said that’s all over now and it’s all due to medical marijuana.

“The so-called experts say that it’s like switching decks on the Titanic,” McCarty said. “Hell no, it’s not. Anybody who knows me knows the grip alcohol had on my life. To be able to be free of that, I would do anything for it. And I’ve gotten there.”

McCarty takes a 500 milligram tablet of CBD in the morning. That’s a form of the drug that has no THC, the chemical that creates the marijuana high. The pills control the pain he has from his playing years and what he calls “self-inflicted wounds. I fell down a lot.”

“It’s not fun walking around with a knife in your back all day,” McCarty said. “So in the morning, when you can put some syrup or something in your coffee, it loosens you up…and [you can be] on your way,” McCarty said.

At night, he smokes marijuana to treat his insomnia.


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Mandingo's avatar

Good for him. Whatever works.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/11/16 at 06:22 PM ET


i was with him until the smoking it for insomnia. Whatever works, but it seems a little too convenient. i drink medicinal natty light for the same reason. smile

Posted by SlimChance on 03/11/16 at 09:09 PM ET


you cant be a former addict and use marijuana. he is an ACTIVE drug addict. great job wings on putting him out there with the alumni.

Posted by brians neck on 03/12/16 at 01:44 AM ET

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Posted by brians neck on 03/12/16 at 01:44 AM ET

According to this logic, I am addicted to toothpaste. Once by day, once by night. Except that doesnt treat chronic (hehe) pain.

Sorry D-Mac, Dr. B-Neck says you must suffer daily.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/12/16 at 06:54 AM ET


Smoking definitely helps with insomnia Slim.

You Damn kids make sure you stay off Brian’s lawn.

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 03/12/16 at 07:51 AM ET

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Posted by SlimChance on 03/11/16 at 09:09 PM ET

“How dare you use a doctor prescribed, legal medicine to sleep well and alleviate the pain of entertaining me for sixteen years.”

*sits in a corner all sanctimonious drinking cans of pisswater to fall asleep*

I don’t think McCarty’s the one with the problem.

The things I see when not logged in.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 03/12/16 at 11:04 AM ET


Clearly none of you know anything about narcotics addiction. Its the same as being an alcoholic but ‘i only drink beer now’. Ive encountered Mccarty at what i hope was his worst because if it got worse than its incredibly sad.

Posted by brians neck on 03/12/16 at 11:15 AM ET

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I knew a guy who was a brilliant engineer that was also a heroin addict. Nam was his demon . Anyhoo, marijuana kept him off heroin. Sure he traded one “crutch” for another but it was much, much, MUCH less destructive. BTW, therapy did not help him through his PTSD. Pot did.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/12/16 at 01:04 PM ET

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Maybe we should all just decide for ourselves what we ingest and accept the consequences of our actions.  Far too many take it upon themselves to let others know what is right or wrong without walking a mile in another man’s shoes.

Posted by calquake from Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst on 03/12/16 at 01:21 PM ET


Clearly none of you know anything about narcotics addiction.

Well, someone sure doesn’t.

Posted by Garth on 03/12/16 at 05:04 PM ET

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