OK Roger Goodell, I think it’s time we talk about CBD
Recently Rob Gronkowski, former New England Patriots tight end, spoke out on his retirement:
“I wish I had been able to use CBDMEDIC while I was playing. It would have made a huge difference in my pain management during my career and I know it can help many others who are looking for safe, pill-free solutions to managing pain.”
As Rob fought back tears, he spoke about how the game was no longer fun for him. He needed recovery and had to begin listening more closely to his body. Some people seem to forget professional athletes are humans like everyone else. He stated how he was not in a good place and just like the rest of the population, we all go through rough chapters. The pain he endured during this game, mentally and physically, was causing him to lose his joy of football. He had to put himself and his healing before everything else. I can only imagine how tough this decision was for Rob to make, but I was incredibly excited when I saw him speak out on using CBD for healing.
Many former athletes have been stepping into the cannabis space, either with their own brand or through using their platforms for advocacy purposes. Pain management for athletes is not a joke and if CBD can provide relief, professional athletes should be allowed to use it without consequence or compromise.
Gronkowski is not the first athlete to speak out about how CBD was “life-changing” in his journey to healing. Sports can take a major toll on the body and mind. CTE, an acronym for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Once CTE takes over, a protein known as Tau forms clumps that slowly spread throughout the brain with an uncompromisable mission to kill brain cells. Concussions have a direct correlation to the formation of CTE, making the issue a pressing matter for NFL players and athletes in other contact sports. Most injuries of this capacity are treated with opioids. In my opinion, it's plants over pills for life. Most painkillers impose severe side effects and sports leagues should be opening the doors for other approaches to healing.
Inflammation and pain have accompanied human life for ages. Opioids do not have to be the only option, especially when we have plant-based medicine available. CBD and cannabis are not going anywhere; this is actually just the beginning. I hope the NFL and other leagues open up to the idea of utilizing CBD for pain management. At the end of the day, it’s only going to help players and the league in the long run. Athletes should be able to heal their bodies the way they choose to.