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!!!