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26. February 2021
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NFL Seeks Research to Support use of CBD for Pain Relief

In the United States, the National Football League (NFL) has issued a formal request for information from researchers to help the organisation evaluate the use of CBD as an alternative treatment to opiates for player pain relief.

NFL Seeks Research to Support use of CBD for Pain Relief

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The NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee (PMC) works to establish uniform standards for club practices and policies regarding pain management and the use of prescription medications by NFL players. As part of that mission, the NFL-NFLPA is working to improve player health through evidence-based treatment of acute and chronic pain, and to facilitate research to better understand and improve potential alternative treatments.

The use of CBD in sport is a hot topic, with many professional sports associations looking to clarify their position on products containing CBD, following significant take-up by sporting professionals around the world.

Many professional athletes have endorsement deals with CBD companies and this number has grown since the World Anti-Doping Agency – which oversees the World Anti-Doping Code used by more than 600 sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency –  removed it as a banned substance in 2018.

At the end of 2020, the NFL Players Association updated its policy to discourage athletes from endorsing products that contain CBD or other cannabinoids. Reflecting a move by the sport to gain a greater understanding of the impact of CBD products.

Many ex-NFL players are still advocating the use of CBD products as part of their training and recovery regimes, alongside its use as an alternative for sports-related injuries.

NFL seeks to base CBD policy on research

With the opioid crisis impacting many professionals from a wide variety of sports, the need to find alternative treatment options for injuries is paramount. CBD could potentially provide that alternative and so many professional associations are seeking research that can support their evaluations and usage decisions when it comes to CBD-based treatments.

The NFL makes it clear in its request that it is not seeking to fund new CBD studies, but instead is keen to identify investigators who have the current capability to carry out Studies aimed at supplementing the NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee’s knowledge about pain management and athletic performance in NFL players.

Possible areas of investigation include:

  • The potential therapeutic role of medications and non-pharmacological interventions that are considered to be alternatives to opioids in routine pain management of NFL players. Medications may include, but are not limited to, cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD).
  • The impact of cannabis or cannabinoids on athletic performance in NFL players.
  • The potential therapeutic role of medications and non-pharmacological interventions that are considered adjunctive to routine post-surgical orthopedic pain management in NFL football players.

 Source | nfl.com