NFL Looking Into CBD for Pain Management
- The NFL and its players’ union has put out a request for additional research to be done on CBD and other cannabinoids for their effectiveness with pain management.
- The NFL currently doesn’t allow its players to use cannabinoids, and has been reluctant to update their policy despite other professional sports leagues taking action.
- The NFL is requesting that the information be returned by March 31st, and is not offering compensation for the information exchange.
The National Football League (NFL) and its players’ union is requesting for additional research on CBD and other cannabinoids and their effectiveness in treating pain.
The NFL states that the primary reason for the interest in CBD research is to find “alternatives to opioids in routine pain management.” Although the request specifics CBD, the NFL is also interested in knowing any research finding on other cannabinoids.
Early last year, the NFL made a statement that indicated they were not buying into the CBD hype, and that the NFL and its players’ union would need more scientific evidence before allowing players to use it.
“CBD is a promising compound, but the extent of its use in the United States outpaces the level of evidence,” co-chairs of the committee stated last year.
These statements were made shortly after Major League Baseball (MLB) updated its policy to allow players to use cannabinoids, including marijuana. This was a move that the MLB strategically made to offer players other alternatives to recovering from injuries other than opioids.
Since those statements were made, the NFL has been relatively mum on CBD use for its players, and even went as far as discouraging players from endorsing CBD products. However, five months late, and NFL players who choose to use and endorse these products can now breathe a small sigh of relief.
The NFL is asking that the research results be returned by March 31st. Submitters are to label proprietary information and no compensation has been offered in exchange for the information.
If the NFL and players’ union likes the results they see, there could be a policy change before the start of the 2021 season. Otherwise, players will continue to have to wait until retirement before fully expressing their acceptance for CBD.