I decided to write an article regarding athletes that use CBD when I realized that the list of celebrities endorsing it was too long. Top athletes were, at first part, in the stars’ list.
Without even researching the topic, I was sure I would find a lot of athletes endorsing CBD and its benefits. The reason is simple: Athletes suffer from stress and anxiety-they all want to give their best before each game, race, or fight.
The results of my research amazed me. I found so many NFL players that advocate for CBD that I decided to concentrate on them and come back with a second article regarding the rest of the sports world.
The road to the top is long and hard and the NFL world is tough.
Why do so many professional footballers swear by CBD?
Injuries happen all the time and concussions are more than frequent. Pain is a constant companion of professional footballers.
Furthermore, their need
It seems that lots of active or former footballers embrace CBD, challenging the league and its substance abuse policy regarding medicinal cannabis.
They, also, join forces to raise awareness regarding a serious and fatal disease that can probably be treated with the help of cannabidiol.
The disease is called Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and concern about it is growing day by day. A great number of high-profile athletes have developed CTE and died. Parents of children who play sports are becoming seriously worried about how concussions may affect their children’s brain health in the future.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis sativa (hemp) plant. Cannabidiol has thousands of years of therapeutic history. It is a safe, non-addictive natural substance whose healing properties are being tested and confirmed by scientists around the world.
It cooperates with the human endocannabinoid system and can be consumed to enhance its function, improve health and treat numerous mental and physical health issues.
The sports community seems to understand the potential benefits of this magnificent gift of nature and its ability help with the recovery of the brain in CTE, concussion syndromes, and brain injuries
The “When the Bright Lights Fade Out” Campaign
The need for research and scientific proof of CBD’s benefits is huge.
In order to raise money to fund a series of studies to aid the prevention and treatment of CTE and brain injuries, a bunch of giants decided to join forces in 2016.
One on hand, The Realm of Caring Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to give support to individuals using cannabinoid therapy providing revolutionary education and collaborating on innovative research.
One the other, top NFL players.
The aim of the campaign was to raise public awareness – more specifically educate the fans of the NFL- about the beneficial effects of a cannabinoid known as CBD
The first NFL player (he was active at the time) to get involved with the campaign was offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens,
At the time, he was the first active NFL football player to come out about his use of CBD oil and his support for cannabidiol regarding his health and wellness.
Monroe became an active advocate of CBD and it is suspected that his advocacy played a substantial role in his release by the Baltimore Ravens 3 weeks after his coming out. He didn’t give up.
“Studies have shown medical marijuana to be a much better solution; it is safer, less addictive and can even reduce opioid dependence. Some studies have also shown that cannabidiol (CBD) — one of the more than 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana — may function as a neuroprotectant, which means it can shield the cells in the brain from injury or degeneration. We need to learn more about this.”
Tennesse Titan’s linebacker followed Eugene Monroe’s lead and soon became an active supporter of CBD advocating the importance of research on cannabinoids.
Morgan uses CBD on a daily basis.
He was quoted saying (regarding CBD):
“At the foundation of what I’m talking about is player health and safety. If you want to get distracted by the stigma or what not, well that’s on you.”
Derrick Morgan was the second active NFL athlete to support the use of CBD oil for athletes but, fortunately, he wasn’t the last.
He advocated for a league’s change of policy regarding cannabinoids signing an open letter to NFl along with Eugene Moore and otherNFL players:
Offensive tackle for Chicago Bears till 2014, Britton is a CBD advocate. He believes that CBD could be used to treat injuries.
“I think that within ten years we’re going to see a dramatic shift in the medicine
practices of professional sports leagues. I think in the NFL, my optimistic view is that within ten years the NFL will be offering some sort of CBD product to its players”. Eben Britton
He is the founder of a company called Be Trū Organics which specializes in homeopathic products with completely THC-free phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract.
During his career, Jackson, former tight end for the Denver Broncos, used medicinal cannabis as an alternative pain treatment to avoid taking opioids. He believes that it can solve many of the league’s problems because CBD instead of pain killers can save money and lives He urged the NFL to finally realize
“that it is a neuroprotectant — meaning it protects the brain in advance of a brain injury.”
Johnstone, former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota
Former Chicago Bears quarterback suffers from early dementia, severe headaches, memory loss, and depression.
He has also admitted having suicidal thoughts
All his health issues are associated with the numerous concussions he suffered during his career. He became a CBD advocate because believes that cannabidiol (CBD) can help minimize brain damage caused by brain injuries.
He refers to it as “godsend” because it helped him to eliminate painkillers.
While he was a professional athlete, Ricky Williams, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was criticized for his beliefs in the
Although his career was repeatedly interrupted by this criticism and the frequent punishments for violating the NFL’ substance abuse policy, he is considered the most productive pothead athlete of the league. (!!!!) Williams used medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for his depression, social anxiety disorder
After his retirement, he turned to CBD oil and he is the CEO of RW, his personal brand of cannabis-based products (Don’t jump into conclusions so fast! RW stands for Real Wellness 🙂 )
In the following video, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs Jake Plummer talks about CBD
In an interview he described his experience with CBD :
With the right amounts of CBD, which contains trace amounts of THC, I feel virtually pain free. The inflammation in my joints that stiffened up in the cold winter months was gone. The random headaches that would throb behind my eyes to the beat of my heart? Gone. I still eat gluten and sugar, I still enjoy a cold brew or two. The only thing different? CBD.
Turley, offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with early onset of Alzheimer’s disease after retiring from football,
In an interview he said:
During my NFL career, I became reliant on pain killers and endured a 20-year struggle with depression, anxiety, and rage. I was diagnosed with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) due to the 100-plus concussions I endured during my time in the NFL. I began a downward spiral of pharmaceutical addiction, violent thoughts, and suicidal tendencies. Medical Marijuana literally saved my life. Without it, I would not be here today. I would not have my family, my kids, my house, everything I have right now, if not for cannabis. Period.
In 2017 Turley launched his own brand called Neuro XPF, a THC-free cannabis oil, rich in CBD and various terpenes.
After 11 years in the league, Marvin Washington could write an encyclopedia about pain. The former defensive of the New York Jets, the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers, has turned to CBD oil to manage pain after his retirement.
He has become the ambassador of ISO-Sport, Isodiol’s athlete-specific line to bring “CBD self serve machine” to market.
Hiscareer with the Miami
The former wide receiver of the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Tennessee Titans travels throughout the U.S. to educate the public about the health benefits of medical cannabis.
Former Giants defensive end is passionate about ensuring that former and current NFL players are informed the neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory potential of CBD
He was one of the first NFL players to be diagnosed with CTE in 2003.
Since his carrer in the NFL was over, Marshall has dedicated himself to raising money fro research and spreading awareness about CBD.
He volunteered for many non-profit organizations. His own foundation Brain Trust Unity helps concussion victims and educates about the effects of head trauma.
Marshall recognizes CBD as an alternative to opioids and various painkillers. He collaborates with Elixinol, a US-based international company who manufactures CBD.
“ It’s well known that I’ve been diagnosed with CTE and after using Elixinol’s products personally, I say, “Don’t knock it till you try it.”
After over a decade in the league, former Green Bay Packers defensive end Jenkins turned to the natural benefits of CBD oil for pain relief, instead of taking opioids and chemical painkillers.
He has become a vocal advocate for CBD use and he has invested in the brand Fresh Farms CBD. He tours the U.S. telling his story and promoting this natural painkiller.
Now Jenkins is proud to be pharmaceutical-free and points:
“At first I was skeptical, but then I tried [CBD], started using it every day, and I felt a lot better. I don’t even take pills anymore. And it’s helped so much with my mental life. Helps your mind from wandering. Now I’m taking carpentry classes, and I’ll take it before class and it really helps me focus. It’s pretty amazing.”
James, running back for the Detroit Lions is an active advocate for the medical use of cannabis as a means of reducing addiction to opioids which a lot of NFL players suffer from.
In 2013 he started taking opioids after a very serious ankle injury. It took him a few weeks to become addicted to them.
To cut them out, he turned to medical marijuana for pain management.
In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he said:
“My pain subsided. I never had something where I could be coherentand
stillhave pain relief,”
Lowery, a former kicker for the Chiefs, has lost a lot of friends from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). He decided to stop sitting on the sidelines and collaborate with a Cannabidiol producing company to promote CBD as a treatment for those suffering from CTE.
Besides CTE treatment, his words reveal another problem that CBD oil can hopefully solve:
“We’re going to help, I think, reverse the opioid epidemic, and hopefully reverse the death sentence that NFL players have.”
Prejudice or denial?
CTE, brain trauma, opioid addictions, pain, anxiety, depression… There are a lot of health and mental issues top athletes are suffering from. Their voices are determined and desperate at the same time; it’s their physical and psychological wellness they are fighting for.
There have been studies which brought promising early data regarding the protective effect cannabinoids can have on the brain.
What are the NFL waiting for?
“The NFL, rather than burying their head in the sand, could instead be proactive and acknowledge the existing science and agree to sponsor a federally legal trial.”
CBD has the ability to help the body maintain homeostasis (balance), it can reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant. For these reasons, it is used by a lot of people (including me, of course) as a health maintenance supplement. How about you? Isn’t it the right time to give yourself a big gift?
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