Marijuana use in professional sports, is nothing new and in the NFL players, it has been a growing issue.
However, some former NFL players are trying to get to get the NFL to embrace marijuana’s medical benefits. In particular, former Pro Bowl defensive end, Leonard Marshall.
According to the New York Daily News, Marshall, who was diagnosed with signs of the brain-eating disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) feels it a safe and effective alternative to painkillers. He actually uses the vaporizer throughout the day to stave off crippling headaches and other ailments tied to traumatic brain injuries.
“The headaches, the migraine headaches, is what CBD has really affected big time,” Marshall says. “I won’t say the relief was immediate, but I would say from minutes to hours from usage, I could tell the difference.”
Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan, who is the only active NFL player to publicly advocate for cannabis, also agrees that marijuana can help both players whether they retired or active.
“What I’m asking for is research,” says Morgan. “We play a violent game. The injury rate is 100%. The more options we have for our health the better.”