NFL players and doctors fight for marijuana as opioid alternative
Many current and former players support the use of cannabis as an effective alternative to opioid analgesics, the use of which has caused problems for NFL athletes – as it did for most of the rest of the American public.
A current and eight former NFL players for cannabis as a therapeutic aid, recently signed a letter with doctors for cannabis regulations (a group of doctors who advocate marijuana legalization and the regulator) calling for the Link to reconsider on the subject.
Today, cannabis is on the NFL ban list, even though more than half of the United States has legalized medical marijuana.
More and more NFL players believe it’s time to change the policy, but many are afraid to speak because of the potential threat to their careers.
Eugene Monroe, a former Baltimore Ravens offensive forward, was one of the former NFL players who co-signed the letter. He believes that his discourse on cannabis was one of the reasons he was out of the team.
“Players are reluctant to express their opinion on the problem because of the fear of being released, being bombed,” he said.
Monroe and Titoriste Titan Titrick Derrick Morgan – the only active player in the NFL to sign the letter – Doctors waiting for approval for cannabis regulation will encourage more current players in favor of cannabis as therapy.
Cannabis has been shown to be a natural alternative to effective pharmaceutical analgesics, particularly opiates, which are highly addictive and extremely dangerous.
The Potential of Cannabis in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse in the NFL
The American opioid epidemic has also had a significant impact on the NFL.
“According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, more than half of the NFL retired players have used narcotic analgesics during their careers and 71% of those who have finally abused these painkillers. Every seven of these players still have an addiction problem after playing. ”
The letter to the NFL league reprimand for its “zero tolerance” policies and the inability to recognize the potential health benefits of cannabis for players. Although the league has pledged 100 million dollars to “look at anything and everything” that could protect the health and safety of players, the value of cannabis is neglected – not only as a painkiller but also as a treatment for injuries in Head and other diseases adverse conditions.
“The NFL policy … prohibits illegal use of drugs, including cannabis on a list that is implicitly equated with cocaine, opiates, MDMA and PCP. Within the medical community, cannabis is consistently considered less toxic, less Addictive, and less dangerous than many legal drugs like alcohol, tobacco or anti-opioid drugs, much less illegal drugs mentioned in the policy. “