CBD Gains Acceptance in the Professional Sports World
It's difficult to come up with a profession which could benefit more from CBD's anti-inflammatory properties than the athletes of the National Football League. Well, perhaps bull-riding rodeo cowboys come in a close second place. Hockey is another high impact sport where CBD is gaining inroads, through the promotional efforts of former Philadelphia Flyer Riley Cote.
Whatever the sport, retired athletes, as well as active, are discovering CBD as an attractive alternative to addictive pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Professional Athletes "Just Say Yes" to CBD
Many of today's retiring athletes grew up in the "Just say no" era of the seventies and eighties and rightly reject the traditional drug therapies passed down from that time. Common prescription pain killers fall into two categories; opiates, and opioids. The opiate class includes codeine and morphine. The opioid class includes heroin, Vicodin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Demerol, and methadone. These are household names for anyone who has had any experience with drug addiction.
All of the above are highly addictive and produce strong undesired side effects, such as dependence and tolerance, which results in higher and higher dosages required to achieve the same relief. CBD is non-intoxicant and non-addictive, though most users report that it does enhance mood and self-confidence, as well as providing relief as an anti-inflammatory for joint pain or head injury.
Jake Plummer, Retired Denver Broncos Quarterback on a CBD Crusade
“My old injured joints now feel inflammation free. I’m more mentally alert & feel like my whole system operates more efficiently,” says the retired NFL quarterback, quoted from this article at HoneyColony. Plummer says he hasn't made any other drastic changes to his diet or exercise routine, he simply takes a few drops of CBD oil each day.
Jake Plummer has been leading the charge for public acceptance of medical marijuana for some time now since retiring from the NFL beaten, battered, and bruised after 10 tough years as a quarterback. Plummer says that he left the game because he was tired of taking prescription anti-inflammatories and pain killers all year just to get through the season.
Plummer was introduced by a fellow NFL player to a CBD oil product called Charlotte's Webb. As a player who had avoided opiates and even some over-the-counter medications throughout his career, Plummer found that CBD, with no intoxicating effects and its superior therapeutic benefits, was the way to go. You can read more about Plummer's crusade to persuade the NFL about the many benefits of CBD in this article by Mike Tanier.
A4C Athletes For Care
Athletes from all across the sports world have banded together to promote CBD in the non-profit organization Athletes For Care. (A4C). Their membership includes professional and collegiate athletes as diverse as extreme snowboarder Greta Gaines, NHL ambassador Riley Cotes, and tennis player Julie Anthony, who was Billie Jean King's champion doubles partner in the 70's.
Jake Plummer is joined at A4C, unsurprisingly, by a majority number of NFL and NCAA football players. They're all busy actively promoting CBD for a variety of therapeutic uses. Along with joint and bone injury, these athletes point out that traumatic head injuries and concussion symptoms can also be treated more safely, and benignly, with a CBD regimen.
Former Philadelphia Eagle offensive lineman Todd Herremans spent 11 years in the NFL. He's now one of the A4C athletes leading the charge to get the NFL to recognize the benefits of CBD and medical marijuana, as opposed to the traditional use of opioids. Herremans sums it all up in the quote below.
"To me, using opiates for aches and pains is likened to using a sledgehammer to drive a nail," said Herremans in this interview with Tim McManus at ESPN.