By Sam Young NFL Players Association President Greg Salas said Thursday that research is beginning to show that marijuana, the main psychoactive component in cannabis, can help manage chronic pain.
“The research is very strong, it’s very clear that it does,” Salas told reporters.
“The evidence shows it can be helpful for chronic pain.”
The NFLPA is a leader in the medical marijuana movement, but the NFL has long been reluctant to allow players to use cannabis for pain relief, fearing that it would create a dangerous loophole in the league’s anti-drug policy.
The NFLPA has also pushed for more research into the medical uses of cannabis, but it has largely been ignored by the NFL, which has been unable to secure research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
“We need to find a way to get this information out to the public,” Salos said.
“Because when it comes to medical marijuana, it has been a problem for the NFL to get the information out.”
Salas said he hopes to see the NFL address the issue soon.
The NFL is set to hold a joint press conference at 3:30 p.m.
ET with a number of league executives, including former players and former doctors, to discuss the topic.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been outspoken in his support of marijuana legalization, and he has called marijuana a “gateway drug” to recreational use.
Salas is expected to speak at the press conference, which is scheduled to take place on the second day of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.