NFL Plans To Research Weed and Pain Management

The NFL sees the writing on the wall and wants to study the benefits of weed and pain management according to the Washington Post.


The NFL wrote a letter to the union asking if the NFLPA would be interested working together on research. The letter outlined some specific areas they were looking to gain greater insight into, including pain management for both acute and chronic conditions.

The NFLPA started their own research months ago. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also indicated earlier this year that the union was putting together a proposal that would ease up some of the restrictions on recreational use as well.

“I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,” Smith said then. “I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.”

The topic of cannabinoids and pain management is highlighted in one of the storylines on season 3 of HBO’s Ballers.

We had that discussion on the AfterBuzz TV recap of the show. Watch now.