Why Jake Plummer and others are pushing for research on CBD’s benefits to NFL players.
The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league.
KTVB news in Denver reports that retired Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, who played American football for 10 years, uses CBD oil to ease chronic pain. Plummer calls opioids “terrible,” in contrast to CBD, which he says is only beneficial. Plummer is a leader of a group of retired players who wish to promote and further investigate the usage of CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, for pain. The group notes the highly risky and addictive nature of opioids, which many players use.
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The Denver Post also outlines the negative side effects of conventional drugs on football players, which include depression, stomach pain and addiction. Plummer tells the Post that he tried painkillers while he played but did not like the feeling of detachment they caused. The Post article adds that some players even turn to illegal drugs to cope with their suffering – despite the fact that just about every player is given anti-inflammatories by his team, in the words of ex-player Eben Britton. One survey of players by Washington University in St. Louis found that 71% of those who used opioids had abused them.
According to Plummer, who has tried a very wide range of pain-relieving medications, CBD oil truly helps him. The Post describes CBD as both anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It’s part of a therapeutic regimen Plummer follows so that he can still play recreational sports, something many retired players can’t do.
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Plummer and his colleagues are raising funds for cannabis research at several universities. CW Botanicals is partnering the effort, and its CEO, Joel Stanley, compares the safety of CBD with that of vitamin C.
Moreover, some medical studies support the efficacy of cannabis. One study in the Journal of Pain concludes that vaporized cannabis caused analgesia to a clinically significant degree in those who had neuropathic pain. Thus, the authors state that it could be a useful method of dealing with pain that does not respond to other forms of treatment.
Further, low doses of the cannabis were as effective as medium doses. As for side effects, the study reports that they were minimal and reversible.