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Over the counter Medical Cannabis to be discussed at Pennsylvania Community Medical Cannabis forum.
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WARREN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Former NFL All-Pro Ron Solt said Tuesday he has used medicinal cannabis and hemp products for pain relief from injuries.

PLAINS TWP. — Hazleton native Nate Eachus, a former NFL player and state wrestling champion, has seen the benefits of hemp, a derivative of the cannabis plant.

His grandmother began taking the product after she was diagnosed with cancer and it helped her, he said.

“Doctors gave her a few months to live and now she’s been alive for three years,” he said.

Eachus, 27, a graduate of Colgate University and a former running back/fullback with the Kansas City Chiefs, is now a partner with a hemp farm in Colorado.

On Tuesday, he joined Wilkes-Barre native and former NFL All-Pro Ron Solt at Danko’s All American Fitness to promote a medical cannabis forum that will be held Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 600 Wildflower Drive, Plains Twp.

The forum is open to the public and health care practitioners.

They will be joined by Terrence Shenfield, a nurse and former education coordinator for University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

Medical cannabis is now legal in Pennsylvania and Eachus said the forum is important for health care professionals to learn how the hemp plant can be used as a medicine.

Even though it comes from the hemp plant, Eachus said Cannabidiol (CBD) is a very medicinal oil.

Hemp is high in CBD and low in THC, which is responsible for the majority of the effects people get from marijuana that make them feel high, he said.

Products he displayed on Tuesday, including capsules and lotions, only had a trace of THC, he said.

“It’s about getting people not high, but healthy. You don’t get high from these products,” he said. “It makes you feel better.”

Eachus said he wants the products to be available in the area.

Larry Danko, owner of Danko’s, said he plans to attend the forum on Thursday and try the products and he may sell them at his fitness facility in the future.

State law gives people under a doctor’s care access to medical marijuana if they suffer from an illness on a list of 17 qualifying conditions.

For someone who has something like back pain, however, they can’t get medical marijuana and Eachus said, “The next best thing is this.”

“We want to inform people that there are products to help people now,” Eachus said. “This is an all-natural thing that can help people who are on opioids. When people get prescribed an opioid at a doctor, 25 percent of those people abuse it.”

Solt, 55, a Coughlin High School graduate who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles, spoke in favor of using the products for pain relief from injuries.

He said he has been operated on at least 13 times on everything from his wrists to his shoulders and knees.

After talking to Eachus’ father, former State Rep. Todd Eachus, Solt learned about CBD products derived from hemp extract.

He said he takes two capsules every day and feels better.

He also finds the products to be a better alternative than Vicodin and Oxycontin.

“You want to get high? Try taking some of that stuff doctors give you after surgery. That will get you high,” Solt said. “You’re not going to overdose on this.”

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dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh


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