Ex-NFL players to participate in whole-plant marijuana treatment study

Emily Gray Brosious

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Former NFL players to take part in a study on whole-plant marijuana for the treatment of sports injuries.

A new study led by cannabis extract producer Constance Therapeutics and the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition aims to determine if whole-plant cannabis is more effective at managing professional football players’ pain than isolated cannabis compounds, according to a Denver Post report.

Up until now, the focus of much research on marijuana for sports injury has centered around examining the pain relieving effects of cannabidiol (CBD), an individual compound extracted from the cannabis plant.

Researchers leading the new whole-plant study plan to administer marijuana (via vaporizer or tincture) to about 30 former NFL players in California, and monitor the drug’s effectiveness at relieving pain and concussion symptoms.

Why study whole-plant marijuana?

According to the cannabis database and information resource Leafly:

“Whole plant medicine” is a term used to describe medicines utilizing the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds cannabis has to offer.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD are the most well-known cannabis compounds. However, the cannabis plant actually contains hundreds of compounds that experts believe all work together to produce powerful, specific effects that can’t be produced by any single cannabinoid on its own.

More from Leafly:

This interactive synergy between marijuana compounds has been coined the “entourage effect,” and once you know what this is, you’ll see why medicines containing only THC or CBD aren’t sufficient for many medical conditions.

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