After a hot and sticky afternoon teaching Paramus Catholic High School football players how to punish quarterbacks, Leonard Marshall sent the kids to the showers and then went to his car to retrieve the medicine he takes to relieve the chronic pain he inherited from his 11 seasons in the NFL.
The former Pro Bowl defensive end, an anchor of the Giants teams that won two Super Bowls under coach Bill Parcells, sat on a bench in the middle of the school’s sprawling New Jersey campus and took several hits from a handheld vaporizer containing a cartridge of amber-colored liquid. The substance was cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found exclusively in the marijuana plant that, unlike the better-known THC, doesn’t get users high.
Marshall, diagnosed in 2013 with signs of the brain-eating disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), begins his days with a 500-milligram dose of CBD he takes with a dropper. The 54-year-old former football star — now an entrepreneur and Paramus Catholic’s defensive line coach — uses the vaporizer throughout the day to stave off crippling headaches and other ailments tied to traumatic brain injuries. It is a safe and effective alternative to the dangerously addictive painkillers passed around in NFL locker rooms like Skittles, he says.
“The headaches, the migraine headaches, is what CBD has really affected big time,” Marshall says. “I won’t say the relief was immediate, but I would say from minutes to hours from usage, I could tell the difference.”
As the Giants, Jets and the rest of the league prepare for the 2016 season, commissioner Roger Goodell faces increasing demands to embrace cannabis as a solution to two crises that threaten to derail the $13 billion-a-year league: painkiller abuse and concussions. Marshall is part of a budding movement led primarily by former football players who want the NFL to remove marijuana from its banned substance list and provide funding for pot’s potential as an alternative to dangerously addictive pain medications and as a treatment for the brain injuries that have driven football stars such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson to suicide. Read More
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It about time the NFL changed their stance. This plant has unlimited potential.