NFL Seeks Right Answer For Medical Marijuana Use

Marijuana is casting an ever-thickening haze across NFL locker rooms, and it’s not simply because more players are using it.

As attitudes toward the drug soften, and science slowly teases out marijuana’s possible benefits for concussions and other injuries, the NFL is reaching a critical point in navigating its tenuous relationship with what is recognized as the analgesic of choice for many of its players.

“It’s not, let’s go smoke a joint,” retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington said. “It’s, what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?”

One challenge the NFL faces is how to bring marijuana into the game as a pain reliever without condoning its use as a recreational drug. And facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players complaining about the effects of prescription painkillers they say were pushed on them by team trainers and doctors, the NFL is looking for other ways to help players deal with the pain from a violent game.

The NFL Would Consider Medical Marijuana For Use In Treating Concussions

Weed. People smoke it. Some people smoke it illegally, some people smoke it for medical reasons, and some people are now allowed to smoke it recreationally, like this former Marine in Denver.

NFL players are not allowed to smoke weed (though some do anyway) even if they live in Colorado or Washington State, because weed is bad. Sort of. It’s certainly not “good” for you if you need to remember what you did earlier in the day, or if you have issues getting off the couch in the first place. [Read more…]