The NFL is spending $1 million dollars to study cannabis as a treatment for acute and chronic pain for NFL players. The study will be led by teams at the University of California San Diego and the University of Regina in Canada.
NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills expressed concern that while there was great interest in this treatment area, there was not enough reliable research. Sill said, “We’re always interested in trying to improve our approach and our treatment for acute and chronic pain in NFL players, and we always want to make sure that our players are receiving the most up-to-date medical consensus around any of these treatments.”
The study will help determine if cannabis is a viable treatment for pain and if the risks outweigh the benefits for player usage.