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Christian Okoye Marijuana Saved My Body ... 'Almost Pain Free'

5/14/2018 12:45 AM PDT

Christian Okoye Says Marijuana Saved Him, 'Almost Pain Free'

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Ex-NFL star Christian Okoye says marijuana has changed his life -- freeing him up from opioid-based pain meds -- and now his body is "almost pain free."

The Nigerian Nightmare says his body was a wreck after his NFL career wrapped up back in 1992 ... to the point where even a slow jog was a major challenge. 

But now, Okoye says he's using CBD treatment -- aka Cannabidiol (a marijuana-based substance) -- and Christian says it's working so well he's kicked his other pain medication to the curb. 

In fact, Okoye recently signed a deal to become a spokesperson for Kannaway -- and says he's trying to get his message to other NFL players, past and present. 

"I think it's a way for players to help themselves be pain free."

Of course, the challenge ... marijuana is still on the NFL's banned substances list -- but several players are trying to change that

In other news, Okoye recently learned The Rock's character in "Rampage" -- Davis Okoye -- is named after him ... and he's totally stoked about it!!! 

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