Cannabidiol (CBD) has been making waves in the medical, sports, health, and wellness community. Its pain-relieving properties have especially captivated people, and there has been a push to legalize its use for pain-relief in the sporting world. A revelation from a retired football player might just give this campaign a push in the right direction.
Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski called onto the NFL to allow players to use CBD products, saying that it would give him the option to come out of retirement ahead of the 2020 season. “I don’t want to be banned from playing the sport I love because I’m using a product that anyone can buy right off the shelf at their local pharmacy,” he said at a press conference, “I’m not really sure why it’s banned either.”
“I also want to have the option to get back into the game,” he adds,” and if I’m banned next year, I can’t.” Currently, CBD is on the list of the NFL’s banned substances. The governing body refuses to remove it from the list without a concession from the union, and players will be penalized for using it as long as it stays there.
The football player talked about the agony from physical pain, saying it’s bad enough to keep him away from meetings. “I’m not saying you put this on, and you’re going to be healed, that it’s a miracle, but you can apply this, and it’ll help you manage the pain, and then you can get treatment, and it’ll be a lot less stressful to the body,” he says.
Last year, Congress passed the Farm Bill, legislation that legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, and by extension, the hemp extract CBD. It is the primary non-psychoactive agent in cannabis, and it has come to be known as a sort of wonder drug. Apart from managing chronic pain, it can help reduce anxiety, it has anti-aging properties and is useful in controlling seizures in children with epilepsy, among a host of diseases.
Under current NFL policy, any player found with THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) reaching 35 ng/mg will be punished. Although cannabidiol isn’t explicitly listed, it is considered a product of cannabis; thus, its use is banned. NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell says he is willing to listen to the league’s medical advisers on the potential benefits of CBD, but he opposes the recreational use of marijuana.
One would be forgiven for thinking that CBD companies like Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) and HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) want to see CBD permitted in all contact sports so that athletes can benefit from its therapeutic effects.
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