Lamar Odom To Launch Cannabis Product Line

By Victoria Kim 04/10/18

Odom recently revealed that he used medical marijuana to help with his recovery from cocaine addiction. 

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Lamar Odom is getting into the business of cannabis, which he credits with helping his recovery. The former NBA player is making a strong comeback after the October 2015 incident in a Nevada brothel that landed him in the hospital on life support.

Odom, 38, told The Blast that he is launching a line of cannabis products—including flowers, concentrates, extracts, and infusions—under the name Rich Soil Organics. The line of “organically grown, pesticide-free cannabis” is expected to launch later this year in California.

The former Los Angeles Laker shared that medical cannabis helped him in his journey to overcome a crack cocaine addiction.

“While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains that support wellness,” he said according to The Blast. “Friends, associates, and ex-teammates asked me what solutions I was using on my road back to recovery, and that’s when Rich Soil Organics was born. It’s a perfect time to offer these cannabis solutions to the public who may be going through similar body issues as I am.”

While playing for the Los Angeles Clippers nearly 20 years ago, Odom was suspended for violating the NBA’s drug policy, and admitted to using cannabis at the time.

But the incident in late 2015 was what shed light on how serious Odom’s drug problem really was. In the midst of a very public divorce with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, Odom was discovered unconscious at Love Ranch, a legal brothel in Crystal, Nevada. He reportedly suffered 12 strokes and two heart attacks, and was placed on life support in the hospital.

He’s since recovered from the life-threatening event, and is not shy about discussing his road to recovery. “I was defeated. I had my white flag up. The only place to go from where I was at was being dead. And I committed suicide enough already,” he said on The Doctors talk show in January 2017.

“To my family and to Khloe, I just want to tell them I’m sorry for all that wasted time and wasted energy. In my addiction I didn’t know who I was. I couldn’t take care of myself—I damn sure couldn’t take care of myself.”

In March of that year, he elaborated to Us Weekly about his cocaine use and “multiple affairs with different women” that unraveled his relationship with Kardashian. He also shared that his daughter Destiny got tough with him after his near-death experience. “My daughter gave me the ultimatum to go [to rehab]. She said, ‘Pops, you get help or I won’t talk to you,’” he said.

Right now, Odom seems confident in his recovery and his willingness to share what he’s learned from his battles. “Living sober, meaning no drugs, is a great feeling,” he told Us Weekly. “Being in the moment is important—how you react, respond, create.”

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