Pierce, who credits CBD, as cannabidiol is known for short, with saving his life after nearly being stabbed to death in a nightclub in 2000, has become something of an evangelist for the increasingly popular substance, which has been lauded as a cure for everything from rheumatism and chronic pain to stress despite a paucity of research to back up those claims.
"I wish I knew about it sooner ... It’s something that works and I don’t have to worry. Once CBD came into my life it really changed a lot of things I was doing and really helped long term. ... I know I played a sport but to be able to help people heal and see them become better people, that means more to me."