NFL players have been coming out in favour of CBD oil painkiller research, and now a new study will look at CBD from a slightly different angle. Both THC and CBD come from cannabis plants, but the CBD cannabinoid doesn’t make its users high. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t endanger a football player’s career. Drug tests picking up THC in urine are enough to get NFL players suspended, but CBD isn’t on the list of banned substances.
Whole plant vs isolate
A lot of the existing research into CBD and THC has utilized single component pharmaceuticals, but researcher Dr. Arno Hazenkamp now wants to see if a whole plant extracts may be more effective. It has long been believed that the combination of natural compounds in cannabis, working together, may be more effective than single ingredient extracts, and that’s just what Hazenkamp wants to either prove or debunk.
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30 former NFL players have volunteered to act as human guinea pigs for the researchers. Chris Kluwe is among them. Speaking to interviewers from the Denver Post, he said that he used CBD oil for pain when he was playing professionally, and still uses it to relieve the pain of a knee injury that surgery couldn’t quite mend. He says its time the NFL changed its stance on cannabis in general – not just CBD. Instead of suspending players who test positive for THC use, he feels the NFL should be providing them with counselling and should probe deeper into the reasons why the drug is being used.
NFL won’t touch hemp – yet
Kluwe says he sees a future in which CBD could become an important part of players’ treatment for injuries. But he acknowledges that getting the NFL to include CBD in players’ treatment plans isn’t going to happen – not just yet, anyway. Because all forms of cannabis are still illegal at federal level, trafficking issues could be raised. But he hopes that research such as this will make natural extracts from cannabis be viewed in a more positive light, possibly influencing federal government’s stance on hemp.
Players already using CBD oil for pain on the quiet
Although players can’t get CBD oil from their teams, there’s nothing to stop them from obtaining it in their private capacity, and as we see from Kluwe’s story, they’re already doing that. And as long as they choose imported hemp products, they can’t be on the wrong side of the law. It’s a strange state of affairs, but it underlines the need for mainstream studies such as the new research in California.
NFL hero Jake Plummer has so far generated the most support for CBD as a treatment for players, while active player Derrick Morgan is also raising his voice in support of CBD, joining Eugene Munroe who recently made headlines for endorsing CBD. Former quarterback Jim McMahon says he used to take 100 Perocets every month, but has replaced the painkiller with CBD oil for pain. Clearly, it’s high time for this research.