The NFL and THC


The NFL’s recent debates and debacles involving lawsuits thrown against them from previous players in the league has led them to be somewhat open to the idea of investigating the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Charges have been leveled against the league as to the long term effects many players faced being prescribed high octane pain pills to fight off the suffering from concussions and other game related injuries. In the last few decades the league has also encountered an ever increasing usage of HGH (human growth hormones) and steroids to give players the edge they need to compete in this challenging game. They have yet to come up with a solution to the dilemma of pain and suffering experienced by pro athletes; after decades of reported problems from past players and a continuing protest from recent ones the League heads know they have to open the door to possible alternatives to the way the game will be played….and I don’t mean the game on the field. The recent season long suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for multiple violations of the NFL substance abuse policy when put in contrast to the two game slap on the wrist Ray Rice received for domestic violence shows a fucked up priority within the league. The NFL treats those that give so much of their physical and mental status to amuse the spectators who watch them close guarded care, until they are no longer of use to the game. Then you can see a line of men who have been beaten and bruised and kicked to the curb.
A Gallop poll last year found fifty eight percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized – something that’s already happened in Colorado and Washington and if you look closely, you’ll notice the streets there aren’t running red with blood. Hysteria and carnage doesn’t rein there and lest we forget, those two states teams went on to play in the Super Bowl last year. The interesting take on this report coming from the gridiron is the willingness they seem to be slowly walking toward with respect to allowing players to use pot to relieve pain. Traditionally the NFL has not been in the field of scientific research but with the huge weight of lawsuits involving concussions and painkillers being thrown at them, the league must look to alternate answers to fight this problem. Harvard Medical School professor Lester Grinspoon published an open letter to Goodell urging him to fund a crash research project for a marijuana-based drug that can alleviate the suffering from concussions. More and more players openly admit using pot during the season as opposed to taking the pain meds trainers suggest.
Personally I find the most interesting take on this report from the Associated Press to be the ramifications of how this might change the course of our society’s take on weed. I doubt it will influence the way our PeeWee leagues go play ball – the performance enhanced drugs don’t hit the table until college rolls around….that’s when it all goes pro. I believe the interesting take on all this could be that if the NFL allows their players to use pot to relieve pain and suffering, then perhaps the rest of the scientific community will be allowed to do real research on marijuana and see what practical purposes it can serve. Big claims have been made recently as to how miraculous cannabis oil has been treating a variety of ailments but because the plant has been classified as a felonious substance, serious research has been thwarted.


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