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In a day and age where we now question all things new, it is comforting to know that a well-known age-old product now is being rediscovered by researchers for its newly found CBD and Cannabidiol benefits.
Now we at Inspirational Technologies would like to congratulate and commend the National Football League’s recent award of a $1 million research grant to study the use of cannabinoids to manage pain. On Feb. 1, 2022, the NFL awarded $1 million to two teams of medical researchers to study the effects of cannabinoids, including cannabis, on pain management and neuroprotection from concussion in NFL players.
The NFL is awarding $1 million in research funding to two teams of medical researchers to study the effects of cannabinoids on pain management and neuroprotection from concussion in elite football players. Medical teams from the University of California San Diego and University of Regina in Canada were selected from 106 proposals initiated by the NFL and the NFL Players Association’s Joint Pain Management Committee in June 2021.
“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 project’s overall goal is to determine whether cannabis/hemp-based cannabinoid products can be used safely and effectively for pain management to reduce the use of prescription medications like opioids. Additionally, the project will assess cannabinoid neuroprotective properties, potentially reducing the severity of chronic concussions in players. “As with the league’s broader approach to health and safety, we want to ensure that our players are receiving care that reflects the most up-to-date medical consensus,”
NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills stated in a press release. “While the burden of proof is high for NFL players who want to understand the impact of any medical decision on their performance, we are grateful that we have the opportunity to find these scientifically-sound studies on the use of cannabinoids that may lead to the discovery of data-based evidence that could impact the pain management of our players.”
According to the release, the grant money is the first per a request for research proposals by the NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee. The request was initiated in June 2021, which was a part of 106 other submissions. “The NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee is thrilled with the results of this process. We received over 100 proposals from top clinicians and researchers from around the world,” said Dr. Kevin Hill, who is the co-chair of the NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee.
“The NFL is eager to advance the science of pain management and performance in an effort to improve the health and safety of the players.” The use of cannabis or hemp-based cannabinoid products is still banned in the NFL during football season, though the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement specified the NFL will no longer test players for the chemicals found in cannabis between April 20 and August 9 each year. No athletes from the NFL may participate in the study. The overall project is expected to take three years to conduct.
NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills told The Associated Press.
“So, our burden of proof is really high for NFL players. Anytime we want to introduce a new therapy, we have to understand how that decision might impact their well-being and their performance. We know there’s been a lot of interest in this area, but we did not feel like there was a lot of great solid research on the benefits of marijuana, CBD and treating acute and chronic pain.
So, that’s why we wanted to try to contribute to the body of science in this area.” Dr. Kevin Hill, the Director of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a pre-eminent cannabis researcher and author, is the co-chair of the NFL-NFLPA Joint Pain Management Committee. Hill explained there hasn’t been much research on this topic.
“We at Inspirational Technologies, applaud the NFL’s efforts to research Hemp Products, such as CBD in an effort to foster effective treatment from the results of this grant.” said Steven Smith, Founder and Owner February 2022.