The science of CBD is now a very broad research area. Cannabis is now being deemed to be a very good tool to assist in therapeutic treatment. Health professionals in several parts of the world, including the United States and Canada, are now permitting patients to access medical cannabis in a legal way.
CBD rich products are now considered a very viable therapeutic option and people and researchers are now looking into ways to ensure that the therapeutic benefits of the CBD are harnessed. But many people still do not fully understand what CBD is and what its true benefits are. It is because of this that we are now able to see many studies being conducted to bring to light all the CBD health benefits.
Research is currently being done to verify the health benefits of the CBD rich products and to fully understand the science behind its health management benefits. For many people, there are still doubts about its psychoactive ability and many are questioning if people can end up abusing it because of that.
It is currently being advocated that CBD should be used in the sports sectors more so the NFL sport due to the high-risk injury factors during playing time and after retirement.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol which is commonly referred to as CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with massive therapeutic potential. CBD is one of the 113 active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
The cannabis plant has both THC and CBD. The THC is responsible for making people feel high due to its psychoactivity compared to CBD. It is currently used in various sectors, including the medical and sports sector.
In good-quality CBD products, the levels of THC are negligible and well below the legal limit in most countries.
What are the Medical Benefits of CBD?
Its therapeutic abilities have made it possible for several health professionals to treat and manage several medical conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, schizophrenia, Crohn’s, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and more. It has also been seen to have the ability to treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
CBD’s relationship with NFL
CBD is now been advocated for use in the NFL sport so that players can use them for dealing with their injuries more so the head-related injuries such as concussion.
NFL, being a very high contact sport means that players are at risk of suffering bodily injuries such as broken bones, which will require treatment even after the players have retired. With this in mind, it is seen that CBD use in the sport will aid in the treatment of the injured players. According to research, NFL players are three times more likely to die of brain diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Many players have testified the fact that even after retirement they still must suffer from their injuries such as constant bodily pain. According to one of the former NFL quarterback, he says he has been able to have a comfortable life because he has been able to use the CBD products. This he says that current NFL players cannot have that because of the restrictions.
In the NFL, there is a cannabis testing program that players have to undergo. Proponents of CBD in the sport are saying that players should be allowed to take the CBD rich products for only medical reasons so that they can deal with their injuries now and in their retirement years.
The NFL is a sport with deep pockets and it would be good if they can contribute to funding CBD research so that these proposed benefits can be examined properly for the benefit of the players’ health.