NFL Says Players Can’t Use CBD Because Science Is Whack

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Professional
football
players
have
been
asking
their
bosses
for
the
freedom
to
use
medical
marijuana
in
states
where
it
is
legal.
But
the
powers
that
be,
while
they
are
allegedly
discussing
the
possibility,
at
least
here
and
there,
have
so
far
refused
this
modest
request.
They
just
aren’t
sure
whether
medical
marijuana
has
a
place
on
the
football
field.
That’s
when
player
advocates
began
jabbering
about
the
potential
therapeutic
uses
associated
with
the
use
of
cannabidiol
(CBD).
Some
former
players
like
two-time
Denver
Broncos
Super
Bowl
champion
Terrell
Davis told
the
press
 that
CBD
“worked
for
me”
to
help
ease
joint
and
migraine
pain.
He
then
encouraged
the
NFL
to
take
a
closer
look
in
an
effort
to
give
players
more
pain
relieving
options
than
pills.

The
NFL
and
the
NFL
Players
Association
said,
“What
the
hell,
we’ll
give
this
non-intoxicating
substance
some
consideration.”
And
why
not?
CBD
has
been
mostly
legal
nationwide
for
more
than
a
year,
ever
since
the
federal
government
re-legalized
industrial
hemp
production
in
2018.
It
is
conceivably
one
of
the
most
popular
non-FDA
approved
supplements
on
the
American
market
right
now,
so
why
not
see
what’s
what.
Well,
they
finally
met
on
the
issue,
and
the
outcome
proved
somewhat
embarrassing
for
those
players
pushing
CBD
as
a
legitimate
pain
reliever.

The
NFL
says
it’s
still
not
going
to
let
players
use
CBD
because
the
science
behind
it
doesn’t
jibe
with
the
“hype.”

Earlier
this
week,
a
special
panel
for
the
NFL
gathered
to
talk
about
whether
CBD
should
be
eliminated
from
its
list
of
banned
substances.
More
specifically,
they
were
conducting
a
fact-finding
review
to
see
if
the
CBD
compound
could
be
used
as
an
alternative
to
opioids.
Why?
Because
that’s
the
spiel
the
higher-ups
have
been
fed
since
day
one
concerning
medical
marijuana
and
CBD.
All
the
suits
have
been
hearing
is
how
the
product
would
give
players
a
safer
way
to
combat
the
bashes
and
bruises
that
they
incur
on
the
field.
It
might
even
save
some
lives,
they
said.

But
when
the
Pain
Management
Committee
for
the
NFLPA
took
a
look
at
the
science
behind
this
popular
cannabis
derivative,
they
didn’t
find
much
evidence
that
suggested
it
would
benefit
players
trying
to
tame
pain.
They
respectfully
denied
it’s
abilities.
“CBD
is
a
promising
compound,
but
the
level
of
its
use
in
the
United
States
outpaces
the
level
of
research
at
this
point,” the
panel
wrote
.
“Most
of
the
hype
about
CBD
is
based
upon
results
from
animal
studies.”

Perhaps
knowing
that
their
decision
might
cause
an
advocacy
fart
storm
asserting
the
call
was
due
to
the
NFL
being
in
cahoots
with
the
pharmaceutical
trade,
the
committee
attempted
to
explain
that
the
type
of
data
they
need
to
advise
players
that
any
drug
or
supplement
is
acceptable
to
use
for
its
medicinal
benefits
just
wasn’t
there.
Right
now,
the
committee
wrote
in
a
statement,
the
main
setback
with
CBD
is
it
hasn’t
been
given
a
proper
assessment
in
the
treatment
of
pain.

“Clinical
trials
in
large
numbers
of
people
are
usually
needed
before
millions
of
Americans
use
a
medication
for
serious
medical
problems,” the
panel
said
.
“There
are
two
small
clinical
studies
that
suggest
that
CBD
may
be
effective
for
treating
a
kind
of
pain
called
neuropathic
pain
that
involves
a
burning
feeling
usually
in
a
person’s
feet.”

The
committee
is
concerned
that
if
it
puts
its
stamp
of
approval
on
CBD
that
players
may
get
themselves
into
jams
when
treating
pain
conditions.
Some
of
the
CBD
products
sold
on
the
market
are
labeled
inaccurately
and
possibly
contain dangerous,
foreign
substances
 that
can
make
people
sick, some
studies
have
shown
.
So
far,
the
U.S.
Food
and
Drug
Administration
has
not
approved
any
hemp-derived
CBD
products
for
medicinal
use.
The
best
the
agency
has
to
offer
is
the
approval
of
a
cannabis-based
epilepsy
drug
known
as Epidiolex.
But
that
can
only
be
doled
out
with
a
prescription
and
only
for
a
two
specific
types
of
epilepsy.
The
drug
hasn’t
been
given
approval
for
any
other
health
conditions.
So,
due
to
the
unregulated
nature
of
this
beast,
CBD
is
considered
unpredictable
in
the
United
States.
Due
to
the
status
of
CBD
products
in
the
current
market,
it
would
be
irresponsible
for
the
NFL
to
support
these
products
as
a
reliable
substitute
for
drugs
that
are
backed
by
science.
But,
also
keep
in
mind
that
cannabis
continues
to
be
categorized
as
a
Schedule
I
substance
in
the
U.S.,
meaning
scientific
tests
on
human
subjects
are
nearly
impossible.
   

Unfortunately,
the
NFL’s
snubbing
of
CBD
doesn’t
give
the
cannabis
advocacy
community
much
hope
that
marijuana
will
be
met
with
serious
consideration
and
removed
from
the
banned
substances
list.
The
NFL
and
the
NFLPA agreed last
year
to
examine
cannabis
as
a
potential
alternative
to
opioids.
Many
expected
the
announcement
would
result
in
a
new
bargaining
agreement
with
updated
policies
surrounding
the
use
of
marijuana.
After
all,
it’s
a
move
that
is
becoming
more
prevalent
in
professional
sports.
Major
League
Baseball
has ended
its
ban
on
cannabis
 as
a
whole.
And
the
National
Hockey
League isn’t
militant
 toward
players
who
test
positive
for
it.

Still,
the
NFL
is
apparently
going
to
need
more
than
just
statewide
legalization
efforts
to
side
with
weed.
Because
if
it’s
not
willing
to
get
on
board
with
CBD,
a
legal
substance
in
the
U.S.,
it
certainly
isn’t
going
to
open
up
to
an
herb
that
is
still
considered
a
dangerous
drug
in
the
eyes
of
the
federal
government.
As
for
now,
NFL
players
will
continue
to
deal
with
pain
as
they
always
have

lots
of
prescription
painkillers.
Or
they’ll
use
medical
marijuana
anyway
and
risk
the
consequences.
  


TELL
US,
 do
you
think
NFL
players
could
benefit
from
CBD?

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