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SF Weekly reports on Aldon Smith 26, suspended by the NFL in 2015 for violating their substance abuse policy.
Aldon Smith suffered insult added to his injuries on social media platforms commenting on his dumbness and lack of morality after a video of him was posted. He might have been shown smoking cannabis, but it would have been impossible to prove just by looking. The comments were typical of an anti-stoner society. Examples included: “Aldon Smith Might Be Dumb And Dumber”
But one headline read: “It’s time for the No Fun League to get out of the pot-policing business”. This comment by a veteran sports writer should be considered a voice of reason rather than a statement in support of legalizing weed.
No cannabis for NFL, not even as a medicine
The NFL insists on maintaining the archaic policy on cannabis despite what research says. A study at Tel Aviv University released three years ago showed that cannabis could help protect brain cells and preserve cognitive functions post-head injury because of neuro-protective qualities. Former players and doctors alike advocate for the change of policy.
Continuous injury to the head causes chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Boston University’s CTE Center claims the disease is a progressive degenerative condition prevalent among athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, particularly in retired professional football players and boxers.
Research from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University identified CTE in 96 percent of the NFL players examined in 2015. The condition was discovered in 79 percent of high school, college, semi-pro and professional football players studied.
Even non-psychoactive cannabis is prohibited, but CBD could help
The Medical Daily published a report on cannabidiol (CBD), showing neuro protective neurogenic effects, which means cannabis could be used as a brain-healing drug.
Competing NFL players suffer the effects of brain injuries long after they retire. Each year more and more players are added to the long list of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) sufferers. Yet federal medical marijuana policies and NFL drug rules forbid players to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
The devastating effect of increasing rates of chronic brain injuries on players also affect the league, and this won’t change if the rules surrounding medical marijuana are not addressed and revised, says a former player.
Former player Kyle Turley, the co-founder of Gridiron Cannabis Coalition says
“If cannabis is implemented and the NFL can lead the science on this, they can resolve this brain injury situation in a big way.”
Much more serious than just a bump on the head
The negative effects of CTE can show up within months, years, or decades after the last brain trauma. It might include memory loss, impaired judgment, confusion, aggression, impulse control problems, depression, and progressive dementia.
CBD is proven to benefit the endocannabinoid system, which regulates a whole spectrum of physiological processes including mood and memory. CBD for head injuries provides relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, and spasms without the stoned effect.
The NFL preferred to spend $100 million on friends of the league’s concussion research than on studying cannabinoids, according to a February report by ESPN.
Science shows it might be wise for the NFL to revise their age-old policy on medical marijuana use. Apparently a new medical officer will soon be appointed and this might bring change to the drug policy. Maybe players would be able to live a slightly less painful life after all.
CBD for head injuries
CBD is perfectly legal in many states and can sometimes even be obtained from health stores. If you suffer from CTE, or you would like to protect your loved ones from it, look into CBD for head injuries.