In just a few years, Instagram will be full of our favorite football athletes blazing blunts and puffing from extravagant bongs. We will probably see some of these athletes hot-boxing foreign cars after a making few glorious catches or bone-crushing tackles. The culture of marijuana in the NFL is changing and Jerry Jones is spearheading the movement.

Players are becoming increasingly vocal of the need to make changes to the collective bargaining agreement which will expire in 3 years. Currently, players are pushed towards powerful pain pills, yet reprimanded for the use of natural solutions like cannabis.

Drug Abuse

NFL players have been abusing prescription pills since the 70’s. This dangerous solution to migraines, chronic pain, and insomnia has created a scattered community of former athletes turned junkies. Over 1,000 retired NFL players have spoken out against a drug culture that is peddled by the league’s doctors.

Former players have admitted to turning to street drugs once they could no longer access the free drugs provided by the NFL. In a lawsuit filed against the NFL, former players claim they were liberally given painkillers and sleep medication without a proper prescription.

It was once alleged painkillers were ordered in advance for every player on the Chicago Bears roster. Around the league, players are consuming over 100 pills a month.  The dangers of opioid addiction and overdose are severe.

THC is the Answer

Marijuana is the answer for the NFL and its players. Instead of pushing pill prescriptions into the hands of the men who are the heart of the billion-dollar industry, the players should receive a hybrid blend of marijuana.

Plants, topical ointments and oils help increase muscle mobility, decrease pain and swelling, increase appetite, reduce nausea, decrease anxiety,  and help treat mental illness like PTSD.

In 2014, Commissioner Goodell said medical experts must deem cannabis use as a legitimate solution in order for the NFL to consider lifting the ban. That same year, modifications were made on the policy of marijuana testing.

It now takes 35 nanograms of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) per milliliter of urine or blood to test positive. Players are fined and referred to substance abuse programs for positive drug tests.

It is rumored roughly 60% of NFL players currently use marijuana recreationally and for medicinal purposes. This year, four players have already made headlines for marijuana related incidences.

Though 20 states have legalized of marijuana, it appears the FDA is hesitant to be equally progressive. Let’s just say their clinical research involves the DEA. Maybe they haven’t been able to get their hands on enough of the stuff.