NFL Takes Stand on CBD Use for Players
CBD Coming to NFL?
NFL players, representatives, and associations are exploring options to incorporate cannabis use in the league.
CBD provides pain management for people worldwide. In fact, one of the main reasons that consumers use CBD is for pain relief. A CBD usage report shows that a majority of people would use CBD to replace current opioid medications. CBD in football could reduce the amount of impact injuries have on the player.
Research shows this molecule promotes bone growth, reduce inflammation, maintain pain, increase focus, help recover, and keep a “normal” homeostasis. Often times professional sports players turn to painkillers prescribed from their doctors. Players can become addicted, having a negative impact on an athlete’s life.
CBD can be a great non-psychoactive alternative for pain. It works with our endocannabinoid system to signal various receptors and neurotransmitters.
NFL Players Association and CBD
During early months of 2017, the NFL Players Association takes a step back to analyze the potential benefits of cannabis for players. The association is taking a “less-punitive” approach for recreational marijuana use among players. Although a proposal has not been released, the union has developed a pain management committee to evaluate its effects for football-related pain.
NFL Writes to NFLPA
In August, for the first time, the NFL has written to the NFLPA offering to work together. They plan to analyze the potential health benefits for players and pain management. They have yet to respond as the union has already began their own studies on the issue. Other representatives of the NFL are taking a stand on cannabis by saying they have no interest in recreational use of cannabis in the league but will consider its potential use if agents say it could be beneficial.
On an episode of ESPN’s Mike & Mike, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell discusses how they are looking at marijuana for football-related pain but they also want to understand the negative effects that come with the substance.
“Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players?” said Goodell. “Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”
CBD in NFL
More and more NFL players are becoming advocates for cannabis use in the league. Current and retired players recognize its potential benefits the plant has and understands its side effects.
Former All-Pro lineman, Kyle Turley shares how marijuana saved his life with The Californian. He used to live day-to-day on painkillers, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and anti-inflammatories. With more than 100 concussions throughout his career, the 41 year old suffers from migraine headaches, vertigo, light sensitivity, and depression.
After a suicide attempt, he closed the pain medication cabinet and turned to cannabis. He takes CBD for many of his problems, such as pain, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and stress.