Professional athletes are looking at CBD oil as part of
their pain management regimen.
Several ski racers, professional football players and others
made their announcements this week.
Opioids and eight surgeries
Former U.S. Ski Team star Chad Fleischer has survived a horrific crash on Austria’s Hahnenkamm, seven knee surgeries and one neck surgery.
He knows about pain.
Fleischer announced this week that he’s launching YUDAH, an organic CBD oil company that he hopes will help people deal with the aches and pain that come from age, injury and living the mountain lifestyle.
Fleischer says he launched the company because of the
physical ailments he suffered as a ski racer. He says he couldn’t find a
reliable source for CBD oil, so he started his own.
Fleischer says he became disenchanted with the opiate-based
drugs prescribed for his many surgeries. He switched to CBD oil after his most
recent neck surgery, he said.
“We are enabling athletes like me to keep living and
recreating in the best environments in the world,” Fleischer said.
Daron Rahlves, Wendy Fisher and other former U.S. Ski Team athletes are joining Fleischer, as well as former Rockies pitcher Bret Saberhagen, a three-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Fleischer says YUDAH CBD products have no psychotropic
effects, and are federally legal because they’re below 0.3% THC.
The NFL is also taking a look
The NFL and NFLPA also announced this week that they’re launching a Joint Pain Management Committee. Among other things, the committee will “conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies,” to include cannabis, cannabinoids and CBD.
The goal is bigger than marijuana, NFL’s chief medical officer Allen Sills told NFL.com.
“It’s to look at pain treatment,” Sills said.
The NFL’s program is designed to address pain management for
current players, as well as education, prevention and behavioral health, the
league said in a press release. Teams must hire a pain management specialist,
and will monitor medications prescribed to players by club doctors and other