Football is a popular contact sport and a lot of people follow it, especially in the U.S. it is very brave that the players always give their best to stay on the pitch despite the injuries. But some sportsmen use painkillers to get rid of the pain. NFL’ s players are finding it difficult to manage the pain. Therefore, debates are going on in the NFL to allow the use of marijuana just like other major U.S. sports leagues. Recently Major League Baseball (MLB) took down natural cannabinoids from the list of abused drugs. Although allowing drugs such as CBD, marijuana, and THC might lead to players getting addicted to it.
Recently a former football player also suggested the use of a natural cannabinoid to manage the chronic pain in the NFL. “Since all the professional sports are heading towards that direction, NFL too should consider the same, but we cannot be sure about the future happenings.” Said Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos.
Davis, who retired during the 2002 preseason, introduced a new sports drink infused with CBD known as DEFY. He was quite convinced with the benefits of a cannabis-derived compound. Although the NFL has some strict rules regarding such banned substances. Players do receive frequent suspensions for the use of marijuana or alcohol. Davis believes the NFL should adopt the new policy just like MLB. This will improve the player’s lifestyle. Davis also said, “My only point is to give options to the players, we are not forcing them to consume anything.”
CBD is also known as cannabidiol, THC free cannabis compound. The CBD market has grown a lot in recent years. It has a variety of products such as body lotions, capsules, and ingestible liquids. Many supporters also claim health benefits like anxiety reduction due to the use of CBD. Many of the former NFL players have started their own CBD business after their careers ended. One of them is a three-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, who partnered with topical medication firm Abacus Health in 2019.
Gronkowski defends the use of CBD in all professional sports due to its healing properties. He said, “This will not heal you instantly or cure the injury quickly, but it will give you pain relief instantly, I believe it is essential to allow the use of CBD in football due to the regular muscle injuries and tissue damage to the players. CBD will give them a lot of relief and protect them from long term injuries.
The 30-year-old former New England Patriot, One of the highest-performing tight ends in the history of the sport, struggled through numerous injuries and underwent surgery for his ankle, forearm, back and ACL/MCL during his career.
“Now that MLB has lifted the ban, it’s just an amazing start, this will encourage other leagues to follow the same. It would be great to see the NFL and other major sports organizations to start following the lead of the MLB and lifting up that ban,” Gronkowski said.
This month, the Pain Management Committee of the NFL and the players’ union held a forum to examine the potential for CBD to become a permitted substance.
The Pain Management Committee of the NFL players union held a meeting this month to discuss the possibilities of allowing CBD. Dr. Michael Oshinsky who is a program director who oversees pains and migraine research at the National Institutes of Health expressed his view, by saying that there is not enough evidence to support the benefits claimed by CBD advocates.” He also said, “Pain is very subjective and the patient has a lot of control over it and how they perceive it. Maybe a bit of inflammation, there’s some evidence,” he added, but “there’s enough for us to know it’s not some miracles cure for pain.”
On the topic of marijuana and CBD, the league told reporters last week that “everything is under consideration” regarding different forms of therapy to help treat pain.
The league told reporters last week that they are considering every single possibility for the introduction of marijuana and CBD in the game, also there are alternatives too, such as therapy to help the players.
Whereas Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer claimed, that any recommendation or approval for any kind of therapy for NFL players will have to go through a high level of tests, be it any treatment or equipment or intervention.
Some of the former NFL players suggested that the use of CBD should be completely in the hands of the players. The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu, whose six-season career with the Seattle Seahawks was destroyed by injuries. “I had to limp away from the game,”
Tatupu retired in 2013 and began his research on CBD, eventually, he started using it. He also co-founded the Washington based Zone In CBD recently. Tatupu, who underwent 10 surgeries during his NFL career said, “The wear and tear is still there, it just helped me deal with it directly.”
Tatupu is in favor of permitting CBD and marijuana in the NFL. He mentions his struggle and pain, and the pain all the former players have been through is something NFL should consider. Since MLB has allowed the use of natural cannabidiol, there is a lot of pressure on the NFL to do the same and follow a similar policy.