Those of us who train in high-impact sports like Mixed Martial Arts know that we have to remain vigilant when it comes to the health of our brains. After a strenuous round of sparring, it’s important to make sure our minds heal as well as the rest of our body. Now, thanks to the efforts of the NFLPA, we might be able to learn more about the potential of a new method to maintaining the health of both our minds and bodies: CBD.
NFL players are acutely aware of the punishment our bodies can take from contact sports. Thanks to the advocacy of former players like Eugene Monroe, the NFLPA is willing to study the possibility of allowing players to use cannabis sativa derivatives as an alternative to opioids for pain management. The study goes even further because, according to one Harvard researcher, cannabidiol could assist the body’s ability to heal from concussions.
“Lester Grinspoon, a professor emeritus at Harvard and one of the first medical marijuana researchers, said in an interview with the Post…that ‘evidence shows CBD is neuroprotective. I would have each individual take a capsule an hour or two before they play or practice.'”
More studies need to be conducted in order to build a wider body of evidence supporting Professor Grinspoons conclusions, but the potential is already attracting attention from big athletes on the biggest stages.