By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom recently credited the use of medical marijuana as the solution to a cocaine addiction that once nearly lost him his life.

According to GetNews.Info (, the  two-time NBA champion and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star is in the process of launching his own cannabis-based products company called Rich Soil Organics. Based in California, Rich Soil Organics will specialize in “various organically based pesticide-free cannabis-related products, including flowers, concentrates, extracts and other CBD/THC infusions.”

Former NBA basketball player Lamar Odom during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Odom was hospitalized on life support back in 2015 after he was found unresponsive at aBBlrothel in Nevada following a bad episode with cocaine. Odom eventually recovered but still wrestled with his cocaine addiction. And while marijuana has often been perceived as a gateway to the use of harder drugs like cocaine, Odom claims it was “weed” that weened him off coke.

“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,” Odom said, as quoted by Get News.  “While going through rehab, I discovered certain strains that support wellness. It’s a perfect time to offer these Cannabis solutions to the public who may be going through similar body issues as I am.”

Emery “Wolf” Morrison, the vice president of Rich Soil Organic, said Odom’s venture  comes at a perfect time “as the stigma related to Cannabis is quickly fading away.”

“People of all walks of life are becoming increasingly aware of the many wellness perks this remarkable plant can offer,” Morrison told Get News. “Even local governments are showcasing an open mind, with herb being legalized in many states for both medical and recreational purposes.”

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor