The NFL is discussing CBD and cannabis in general as the Players Association looks for alternatives to the opioids and other pills that have plagued both current and former players. Only a month after the MLB announced they were removing marijuana from the "drugs of abuse" list and treating it like alcohol, the joint NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee hosted a fact finding forum and invited CBD manufacturers with innovative products geared towards athletes and pain management. They released a joint statement explaining they're looking for research-backed evidence that CBD can be an effective alternative to current pain management options:
“In furtherance of its duties, the Committee has been asked to brief the parties on the current state of pain management and alternative therapies, including cannabis, cannabinoids and CBD. The Committee invited manufacturers of CBD products to share their research today so the Committee may hear and consider the possible scientific evidence base for CBD use as a pain management alternative. This meeting was an educational and scientific exercise and does not impact the jointly administered Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. We look forward to the continued cooperative work of the Joint Committee.”
We're in our last year of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, so expect to hear about this again after the 2020 season wraps up. Jerry Jones, a prominent owner in the NFL, said to "expect an adjustment...of the present way that marijuana is being thought about" in the NFL. As more states legalize cannabis and embrace CBD, many will be watching to see how such a large organization balances the hype surrounding CBD with the scientific evidence and demand for alternative pain management.
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