Should CBD be Allowed in the NFL?

Football is a notoriously high-risk sport. It’s common for athletes to walk away from an NFL career with an assortment of ailments such as traumatic injuries, joint pain, concussions, etc. So some football players turn to CBD to treat their pain.


Unfortunately, CBD is banned in the NFL. Those who test positive for CBD are punished with fines, suspensions, and sometimes even bans, all for trying to live with the pain brought on by their career choice. “The pain is never going away. My body is damaged,” said former offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. “I have to manage it somehow. Managing it with pills was slowly killing me.”

Unlike prescription medication, which can risk addiction, CBD does not contain addictive properties, making it a more attractive choice to football players living with chronic pain.

Monroe isn’t the only former football player advocating to unban CBD in the NFL. “It’s a beautiful thing. It’s worked for me. It’s worked for a lot of players,” said Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis. “In a few years, hopefully, sooner rather than later, CBD will be something that players […] will be able to use as a measure of taking care of the pain. […] So I think the benefits of this [will] be tremendous.”

Earlier this year, Davis launched his CBD-infused sports drink company, Defy. Another former football player, Rob Gronkowski, has also entered the world of CBD entrepreneurship post-NFL, creating a line of CBD-infused topical pain treatments. Both former football stars swear by CBD to treat their injuries. “Dang, this stuff works,” said Gronkowski, describing his first experience with CBD. “I was looking for something like that to help me relieve the pain.”

CBD is permitted in national sports leagues like the PGA and ATP but is still prohibited in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. We think they should get with the times. It’s one thing to ban performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, but the sole purpose of CBD is pain relief.

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