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  • More than two dozenformer NFL players will take part in a new study of whether whole-plant cannabis is more effective than isolated compounds in treating and managing their pain, The Denver Post reported Lawrence Thomas Jersey .The study, led byDutch researcher Dr. Arno Hazekamp in conjunction withcannabis-extract producerConstance Therapeuticsand theGridiron Cannabis Coalition,will be conducted in California, where marijuana is legal for medical useand soon could be for recreational purposes, too.MORE: Whichteams couldwin theirfirst Super Bowl? | Panthers fine without NormanFormer NFL punter ChrisKluwe, who used marijuana while playing and continues to today for pain relief related to four knee surgeries and years of football wear and tear, is among some 30 former players who havevolunteered for the new study.He told The Post that the California study raises awarene s of alternatives to opioids for treating current and former players' pain, but also could prompt the league and NFLPA to revise its substance-abuse policy.The way the NFL has it now Marcus Williams Jersey is really not a bad system, because what it does is it touches guys who really do have a problem and probably should get some sort of counseling, Kluwesaid.What Id like to see them do is be much more lenient in terms of the penalties that are a se sed on guys."So instead of having someone like Josh Gordon who gets suspended for an entire year go, OK, were going make resources available to you, but also look at it like maybe this guy really does need this to help him play this game. How can we make it so that hes still active and functional in his everyday life and able to play in the NFL as well?Two other cannabis-related studies have drawn support from current and former NFL players as cannabidiol (CBD LaDainian Tomlinson Jersey ) research has gathered relative momentum in recent months.Theintent of all the studies ascertaining the therapeutic effects of cannabis and extracts like CBD are similar, but come with a key distinction: Unlike marijuana, CBD extractedfrom hemp has only traces oftetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that gets users high.CBD's advocates, including former Broncos quarterbackJake Plummer, say NFL players couldn't consume enough CBD to trigger a positive test for THC under the league's substance-abuse policy yet they still would reap the pain-management benefits.MORE: Ranking NFL backup quarterbacks | Sheriff question Robinson investigationWhole-plant cannabis, on the other hand, would appear to pose a greater risk because of its THC levels, though medicinal marijuana is legalin 25 states and the District of Columbia.The challenge in any revision of the NFL's drug policy, Kluwe noted,hinges on the fact that marijuana is illegal on a federal level.Until marijuana is legal on the federal level, then the NFL just isnt going to touch it because then you run into trafficking i sues, Kluwe said. I can understand why the NFL isnt really looking to get involved in this right now in terms of on an institutional level, but I think that they should be looking to set pieces in Bruce Carter Jersey place so once it does become legal, theyre ready to move to add it totheir toolkit, just like anything else in the training room.