Sep 24

The NFL’s Pot Problem · High Times

For decades, professional football players have habitually treated pain after games and practice sessions with everything from beers to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or powerful prescription painkillers. The NFL’s dependence on drugs for pain management has drawn the attention of law enforcement, has been the subject of a federal lawsuit and is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.How bad has it gotten? Consider that in a given season, the league overall averages a 100 percent injury rate: Even a team’s backups and third-stringers get hurt. Those casualties add up over time, with predictable results. A 2011 survey of more than 600 retired players by the Washington University School of Medicine (funded by ESPN) found that they used opioids at an overall rate four times that of the general US population. And no other major professional sport features so many outspoken proponents of cannabis’s medicinal qualities, which makes sense given that no other sport is so closely associated with pain and injury.As noted in New Frontier Data’s “The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook,” Kannalife, a company founded in 2010, holds an exclusive license with the National Institutes of Health for the commercialization of US patent #6630507 (a cannabis patent held by the US government). Kannalife is focused on developing cannabis-based neuroprotective medicines for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy and chronic

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