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As More Athletes Use Cannabis for Aches and Pain, There's More We Need to Know

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As an Olympic triathlete in 2000, Joanna Zeiger, SPH '01 (Ph.D.), would never have envisioned a future researching cannabis, which until recently was on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's banned list. But that was before Zeiger's devastating career-ending bike crash at the 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida—and her subsequent chronic pain.

Zeiger suffered a broken collarbone and structural and nerve damage to her rib cage, which led to intercostal neuralgia that causes intense muscle spasms and abdominal and rib pain. She later received a diagnosis of an autoinflammatory ...