NFL offers US$1 million to study opioid alternatives for pain management, including cannabis

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The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are offering US$1 million ($1.2 million) in grants to fund research into alternatives to opioids for pain management . The pain management committee announced the funding, which will be doled out in up to five separate grants, on Tuesday. Cannabis will be a central focus of the research. How this former NFL linebacker became a leading cannabis physician for athletes Super Bowl champ Marshawn Lynch launches line of ‘diamond infused’ blunts with assist from Toronto company Ricky Williams reveals the reason he started consuming cannabis In February, the NFL and NFLPA issued a request for more information regarding pain management alternatives to opioids, including CBD. Kevin Hill, co-chairman of the joint committee on pain management between the players’ association and the league, as well as director of addiction psychiatry at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, underscored the need for more data about the efficacy and safety of cannabis as a pain management tool on a media call Tuesday. “Unfortunately, the level of interest exceeds the level of evidence about medical cannabis for pain,” Hill said, per Bloomberg . “Players are always looking to find treatments that are going to improve their quality of life,” added Dr. Allen Sills , the NFL’s chief medical officer. “But at the same time, players are significantly concerned about the impact on performance.” Last year, the league loosened its punitive approach to pot . Players can no longer be suspended for testing positive for cannabis, the testing window is now limited to the first two weeks of training camp and the threshold to trigger a positive result was increased from 35 nanograms of THC per millilitre of urine to 150 nanograms, bringing it in line with the standards of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Dr. Hervé Damas,…

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