Currently, the most commonly prescribed painkillers in medicine are opiate based and are allowed by the NFL. However, Hemp Extract is currently banned under the NFL’s substance abuse policy and any player that tests positive for the compound on two or more occasions is subject to suspension. This is the same case in Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. All three leagues suspend players for multiple positive Hemp Extracts tests.
Many are hoping for less punitive drug policies related to using Hemp Extracts.
Players’ bodies take constant abuse playing football. Torn muscles and ligaments, chipped and broken bones, dislocated and separated shoulders, lower spine trauma and brain trauma are common abuses the players’ body receive. Pills and injections are the norm in football, with great long-term health concerns. Often citing the unwelcome side effects of these intense prescriptions- lethargy, depression, stomach pain, addiction risk- some players have chosen to self-medicate and others have followed doctor’s orders to medicate with Hemp Extracts. Many players seek pain relief using hemp-derived Hemp Extracts products from reputable brands like Earth Milk, since the risk of testing positive for THC is largely diminished as hemp contains no more than the federal maximum of .3% THC.