Bennett explained that oftentimes athletes endure long spells of inflammation, where their entire bodies are under duress in pain, and the healing effects of cannabis can settle it down and allow for continued performance. We’ve known this about medicinal marijuana for decades, but asCBD has entered the ring as a contender for healthy pain management, this may be the solution for sports once and for all.
One of the hottest topics in sports has remained the concept of performance enhancement drugs, which has in turn led to the ever-so-popularized drug screenings. These screenings can also pick up THC in all cannabis-derived CBD, which would flag the athlete’s results and have them fail their drug tests. It has less to do with the idea that an athlete will be playing high—especially when the average dose for an athlete is roughly 30mg of CBD—but rather just failing their drug tests which render them unable to play. As the tests become more specialized, however, it can be more recognizable that it’s merely the THC from their pain management regimen. The sports leagues are catching on and adapting.
Just last year, Basketball’s BIG3 started the allowance of CBD usage in their athletes. Golf players have vocalized their usage of CBD, with the PGA entering the conversation, as the NHL has expressed interest in following suit, followed by the NFL. By 2020, there may be a swift change in leagues across the nation embracing CBD use for their players once and for all.
The usefulness is obvious, as CBD is a healthy alternative to managing pain, repairing damaged cells as opposed to making matters worse with long-term effects that come from traditional pain meds like opioids. In addition, the known addictive nature of opioids can produce long lasting effects on anyone, especially athletes who more aggressively require measures to assist in their pain. A survey was conducted of retired NFL players, and it was found that 71% of the players abused opioids and continued to do so at an escalated rate even after retirement. This contribution to the opioid epidemic is both dangerous and counterproductive, especially when the solution lies in seeking healthier measures that can merely be adjusted by changing the panels of drug testing.
A survey was conducted of retired NFL players, and it was found that 71% of the players abused opioids and continued to do so at an escalated rate even after retirement.
It’s an understandably unorthodox approach to pain management, though it’s a necessary one, as CBD continues to diminish the notion that cannabis is merely taken for fun and not for life-saving qualities. While many more industries have caught on, it appears as though sports may be next on the list as athletes across the board continue to advocate for it.