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Kyle Turley’s leading 30 former players in study of medical marijuana

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Rounding up 30 NFL players to smoke some weed probably wouldn’t be that difficult an endeavor, and you’d likely get Snoop Dogg to show up.

But this time, it’s in the interest of science.

According to Abby Haglage of the Daily Beast, a group led by former Saints, Rams and Chiefs tackle Kyle Turley is providing 30 former players to test medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and depression.

Turley started the group, the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, to raise awareness for the medical use of marijuana. Turley fears he has lingering brain issues, and admitted calling the league’s 24-hour support line after having suicidal thoughts.

“American Football is plagued with multiple ailments and diseases currently void of non-addictive treatments and cures,” says Turley. “The GCC is determined to resolve this impasse to allow layers and the public option of an organic treatment for injury and illness through Cannabis.”

The GCC has paired with a company called Constance Therapeutics, which provides extracts and oils from the whole plant. Those extracts will be given to the former players, who will self-report results.

“My experience with cannabis has taught me that it is a far better option than the pills that get shoved at players,” former Saints tight end Boo Williams said. “If I can save one life or improve one life with this study that GCC and Constance Therapeutics are doing, I will have accomplished my mission.”

At least one current player — Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe — has become an outspoken advocate for the exploration of medical marijuana as a treatment, but the league is sticking with its position against weed at the moment.

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22 Responses to “Kyle Turley’s leading 30 former players in study of medical marijuana”
  1. rufustfireflyjr says: Apr 14, 2016 7:15 AM

    And the league will continue to oppose marijuana use by its players as long as a large portion of its fan base disapproves of it. They’re not going to buy player X’s jersey for their kid if they think that player is a stoner

  2. Indybear says: Apr 14, 2016 7:34 AM

    Before posters start howling about the evils of marijuana and start calling it “weed” (like the author), please be aware of the following.

    Soldiers returning from war are ditching their highly addictive and marginally effective prescriptions for medical grade marijuana, which provides greater relief with little or no adverse side effects (unless you call having a greater appetite being adverse). Plant extracts are being used to treat epilepsy and grand mal seizures when pills and prescriptions have done no good.

    It has great value for people who need it, so I think Turley’s study can go a long way to assist others. We all know full scale legalization is not in the near future, but I think it’s time to decriminalize it, which many states have done already. The Feds willingness to explore taking it off the schedule A drugs list is a step in the right direction.

  3. arodgersgloryhole says: Apr 14, 2016 8:13 AM

    Glad to see that someone is going about this the right way. It will help players and people in general have a much better understanding of how this can help not just the players but other people with related ailments. It will also help the naysayers when it comes to “their’s no proof”.

    #legalizeit #amirite

  4. joefelicelli says: Apr 14, 2016 8:22 AM

    How magnanimous of them….agreeing to, once again, take one (hit) for the team.

    I certainly don’t disagree with the study, or the ultimate intent, but I just find it funny that they are pulling together 30 former players to test the “effects” of cannabis. I think there are a ton of former (and current) players who have provided lots of data, just not scientifically.

  5. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Apr 14, 2016 8:32 AM

    Actually, Josh Gordon is leading 31 “former” players in this study.

  6. dwinsgames says: Apr 14, 2016 8:34 AM

    Keep going GCC! It is no longer a matter of if, but when.

  7. micah3128 says: Apr 14, 2016 8:39 AM

    The NFL and the USA for that matter can’t allow people, to use a plant that makes them happy, is non addictive, kills little to no people (where tobacco, alcohol, and opiate pills kill millions), greatly benefits cancer patients undergoing chemo, relieves pain, decrease anxiety, reduces inflammation. People wanting weed to be illegal will be looked back on in the history books as being one of the most ignorant things in the 20th and 21st centuries.

  8. John Harbaugh Is A Sad Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Apr 14, 2016 8:43 AM

    This makes no sense in the context of the article:

    “American Football is plagued with multiple ailments and diseases currently void of non-addictive treatments and cures,”

    Why would you complain about a void of non-addictive treatments and then propose testing the viability of just another addictive substance (weed)? Oh, right, sorry, Mara-ja-juanna isn’t addictive. Just ask all those players who gave up millions of dollars and careers because they simply couldn’t stop.

    But hey, they weren’t addicted.

  9. maestro1899 says: Apr 14, 2016 8:44 AM

    Are you listening, NFL and NFLPA?

    Your players (and the majority of us fans) want players to be able to freely use marijuana for medical and, yes, recreational purposes.

    Marijuana contains more anti-inflammatories than any NSDAID (Aleve, Ibuprofin) that you can buy at your pharmacy.

    I’m living proof that medical marijuana works for chronic GI issues, and I have the medical tests to prove it.

  10. iamthorny says: Apr 14, 2016 8:57 AM

    If the data doesn’t square with what Turley is hoping to find, he’ll wad up the paper into a tight little ball and send it soaring 40 yards.

  11. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 14, 2016 8:59 AM

    The key is getting the right strain FOR YOU!
    Indica for pain 🙂

  12. streetyson says: Apr 14, 2016 9:06 AM

    Turley started the group, the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, to raise awareness for the medical use of marijuana. Turley fears he has lingering brain issues, and admitted calling the league’s 24-hour support line after having suicidal thoughts.
    ———————
    Long term use of cannabis from teens (when the brain is still developing) can also lead to suicidal and paranoid thoughts. I applaud any genuine scientific study, but so far it seems the advocates of medical marijuana come from marijuana users. Now of course, a weed-head is gonna find a spliff helps him cope with anything – I find a few beers help – but so far there’s no medical evidence for severe or chronic pain that weed or booze is any more effective than meditation or pain-diversion therapy.

  13. MossMoon2Packers says: Apr 14, 2016 9:14 AM

    The NFL should just remove marijuana from its list of banned substances, as marijuana is not performance-enhancing or dangerous (indeed, it appears to have many positive effects, including pain relief). But, that won’t happen due in large part to pressure from the drug and alcohol industries who advertise in NFL games and don’t want competition from easy-and-cheap-to-grow marijuana.

  14. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    This evil drug, which is banned nearly world wide because of its destructive effects on people, will be studied for its effects on chronic pain and depression.

    It appears to be nonsense as marijuana is likely to make both conditions more intense.

    Sitting around stoned and not doing anything is not the cure for depression.

  15. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 14, 2016 10:19 AM

    Shoutout Boo Williams!

    Arkansas Tailback converted to tight end, still the fastest tight end ive ever seen!

  16. pkrlvr says: Apr 14, 2016 10:47 AM

    A lot of MIS information about pot in here. Comparing it to alcohol is ridiculous and indicates a misunderstanding of the drug. So is saying that there is no medical evidence to support its medicinal effects. There is a TON of evidence.

  17. prizespoker1 says: Apr 14, 2016 10:48 AM

    Jim McMahon is a mmj patient and is also advocating the NFL to drop THC/CBD cannabis off the banned substance list. Who better than McMahon to show 1st hand how the cannabis helps his MANY concussions he suffered.

  18. pkrlvr says: Apr 14, 2016 10:50 AM

    This evil drug, which is banned nearly world wide because of its destructive effects on people, will be studied for its effects on chronic pain and depression.

    It appears to be nonsense as marijuana is likely to make both conditions more intense.

    Sitting around stoned and not doing anything is not the cure for depression.
    ———
    Literally nothing in this comment is correct.

  19. prizespoker1 says: Apr 14, 2016 10:54 AM

    Bob tell this to Bill, Gates and Micheal Phelps who sit around all day stoned and do nothing. Google rich and famous people who smoke cannabis.

  20. elyasm says: Apr 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    I suspect that the NFL is extremely reluctant to back away from marijuana prohibition until the federal government does because doing so could endanger the exemption from federal anti-trust laws that the NFL currently enjoys. Losing their monopoly on professional football in the US would cost them far more than the revenue they lose from the handful of players that run afoul of the drug testing regimen year after year.

  21. johnnybaggadonuts says: Apr 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    The only thing the NFL understands is money. Once the big canna-bus backs up a few trucks full of cash to the league office. They’ll bend.

    The banking issue is a sticky one for the bud industry and other businesses looking to align with it…but eventually that’ll be figured out too…because money changes things.

    The science behind cannabis is as legit as any of the pills that get fast tracked from the lab to the pharmacy.

    It’s just a matter of time.

  22. dwhcic says: Apr 14, 2016 10:33 PM

    Big pharmacy lobby money, and the cops that love the revenue it brings are the only reason it isn’t legal. The tax revenue that Colorado is generating will NOT be ignored much longer, more and more states want a piece of that. Especially all the liberal states in gigantic debt.

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