Former New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski claims that for the first time in over a decade, he is pain free because of CBD.
Holding a news conference in New York Tuesday morning to discuss his post-football plan, Gronk shared “I’m advocating for CBD to be acceptable for all players to be used for recovery. I’m here today to appeal to the sports governing bodies of the world to update their position on CBD.”
All six major American team sports leagues prohibit the use of CBD. Where exactly does the NFL stand?
According to The Boston Globe, there is “no specific CBD policy or language, per the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, but the NFL disciplines any player with more than 35 ng/ml of Delta 9-THC-carboxylic acid that shows up on a drug test by first putting them through a three-stage drug treatment program. Any violations made are subject to fines or suspensions based on whether the violation was committed in Stage Two or Stage Three and if a violation or violations were previously committed within those two stages.”
CBD products became part of Gronkowski’s life upon retirement after the 2018 season. He said being pain-free now is a big deal. It’s a big deal considering his extensive history of getting hurt on the field over the past nine years, and makes him the perfect spokesperson to spark change in the NFL and across sports. After nine surgeries and countless injuries, Gronk has earned the sports world’s undivided attention when he says he is healthy thanks in part to CBD products.
“[Injuries] took an absolute beating on my mind and my soul. I was hurt both mentally and physically, day in and day out,” the athlete said. I decided to walk away from the game for one reason: I had to recover.” Without shooting down the possibility of one day returning to sports, he did clarify that it would not be any time soon. Now, Rob is focusing on the next chapter: partnering with CBD Medic to launch a line of CBD products— for “safe, natural, and temporary relief” from pain.
With growing interest in cannabidiol, and more advocates like Gronkowski stepping forward about its wide-reaching benefits, though it may not be drastic, we may see a change in American sports leagues’ policies… and recovery time for athletes!