NFL Holds Forum on CBD Use for Pain Management

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The Pain Management Committee of the NFL and the NFL Players Association held a fact-finding forum Tuesday with manufacturers of products that use CBD in sports medicine.

The Pain Management Committee of the NFL and the NFL Players Association held a fact-finding forum Tuesday with manufacturers of products that use CBD in sports medicine. The session was designed to give the medical experts on the committee an update from companies that produce and distribute CBD products about scientific research and evidence regarding the use of CBD products, and more information about which products are available, and how their use could benefit patients.

"The NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee is a jointly formed committee tasked with providing advice to the league and union regarding recent developments in the area of pain management for elite athletes," the league and the players' union said in a joint statement. "In furtherance of its duties, the Committee has been asked to brief the parties on the current state of pain management and alternative therapies, including cannabis, cannabinoids and CBD. The Committee invited manufacturers of CBD products to share their research today so the Committee may hear and consider the possible scientific evidence base for CBD use as a pain management alternative. This meeting was an educational and scientific exercise and does not impact the jointly administered Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. We look forward to the continued cooperative work of the Joint Committee."

The NFL's current drug policy includes a ban on THC, a substance found in marijuana and some CBD products, which are both derived from cannabis plants. NFL players have long called for the league to allow the use of marijuana for pain management. The issue has become even more urgent as states continue to legalize the use of medical marijuana, and as the abuse of opioids originally prescribed for pain relief has become a national crisis.

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Article Credit: Judy Battista | NFL.com reporter
Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 03:08 p.m.

Image Credit: RollingStone.com

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