NutraCast: NFL explores CBD for pain management and athletic training

By Danielle Masterson

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NutraCast: NFL explores CBD for pain management and athletic training

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The National Football League (NFL) is partnering with Canadian researchers on a clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of CBD for pain management and neuroprotection from concussions.

Researchers at the University of Regina will collaborate with NFL to identify the optimal dose of CBD that can be safely consumed on a daily basis. Participants who receive the CBD will start with 5 mg per kg of body weight and then gradually increase to 30 mg per kg.

The study is designed to investigate anti-inflammatory and neuroprotection of the CBD formulation to determine whether it can be used on a daily basis safely during the periods of intensive exercise (resistance) training during the off-season prior to competition.

"The endocannabinoid system is one of the largest neural networks in the body, pretty much every receptor, every neurologic connection has sites for binding of these endocannabinoids, whether it's a CBD product or a THC product," said Ryan Greene, DO, MS, medical advisor at CBDistillery. "So, clearly our body was designed to utilize these compounds in terms of subjective response, in terms of reducing pain, inflammation subsequent to trauma, whether that's at the head or central nervous system level or peripherally, there seems to be a subjective benefit."

Dr. Greene noted that the downside with smaller studies such as this is a smaller number of people may not show statistical significance.

"We'll see how the study goes and ultimately what are the outcomes and subsequently, what are the changes that are considered and implemented by the NFL and other major sport leagues," he said.

To hear more on the study and Dr. Greene’s predictions for the future of CBD, listen to the NutraCast.

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