Ex-NFL Player Marvin Washington On Player Safety: Smoke Weed, It Can Help The Brain
Marvin Washington is a former DE, who played from ’89-’99. He played for the Jets, 49ers, and the Denver Broncos. He spoke on the concussion protocol when he played in the league, what it was like playing with a concussion, and offered some tips as to what might help in the future.
“There’s a compound in marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD), which has shown scientific potential to be an antioxidant and neuroprotectant for the brain. In layman’s terms, there’s a possibility that CBD can work as a sort of “helmet for the brain.”
How serious is this development? Well, the U.S. federal government has patented the technology, and researching the potential for using cannabis as a treatment for CTE. To conduct said research, the government has licensed KannaLife Sciences, who I’m proud to work with directly. Dr. Omalu spent almost a year on KannaLife’s Scientific Advisory Board, where he was joined by many of the top neurologists in the country.
There are a lot of very smart people who think that there’s a chance that medical marijuana might be the key to potentially preventing CTE. For this reason alone, the NFL should be doing all that it can to make to push this research to the forefront.”
The NFL has a strict policy on marijuana, so don’t expect anything to change anytime soon if at all. This would take years of study, but if it helps, why not look into it if player safety is their number 1 goal.
H/T – BSO