NFL Marijuana Research Will Look Into Pain Management, Concussions

NFL Marijuana Research Will Look Into Pain Management, Concussions

The National Football League has awarded $1 million in funding for research into the health and wellness potential of cannabis, specifically it’s use for pain management and as a neuroprotection against concussions in NFL players. The awarding of the study follows through on a plan first announced by the NFL in the summer of 2021. The NFL marijuana research funding is going to the University of California-San Diego, which will study pain management, and the University of Regina, which will study concussions. The NFL picked the two schools out of 106 submissions. “The specific goal of this project is to determine whether cannabis/hemp based cannabinoids can be used safely and effectively for pain management and to reduce the use of prescription medications including opioids in post-concussion syndrome athletes,” the NFL said in a statement. “An additional goal is to assess the neuroprotective properties of cannabinoids to reduce the incidence or severity of acute and chronic concussion in professional football players.” The Study Comes From a Committee That Includes Players The decision to move forward with NFL marijuana research came from a committee the NFL formed with the player’s union. The committee, called the NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee (PMC), formed in 2020 to focus on better ways for the league to help players manage the pain that is part of the game. Many former players have pushed for in the past few years for studies into alternatives for prescription opioids, including cannabis. Part of the PMCs work will investigate alternatives to opioids. Outside of the NFL, studies have already shown that opioid prescriptions drop in places that legalize marijuana. The separate studies will look at two potential uses of medical marijuana. NFL Cannabis Research Into Pain Management, Concussion The UC-San Diego study will assess the “therapeutic efficacy and adverse effects” of…

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