By Ed Coghlan
If you follow professional football, you’ll remember a dynamic quarterback named Jake Plummer. He led Arizona State to the Rose Bowl, and was a very effective NFL quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos.
He was a leader—a cool dude by any standard.
Ten years after retiring at the age of 31 from the NFL, he has become a passionate, if unlikely, spokesperson for medicinal cannabis.
In an entertaining and informative interview with the peerless Dan Patrick on Thursday, Plummer was promoting the benefits of medicinal cannabis (notice we did not say medical marijuana)
Plummer is a user of cannabidiol (CBD), which is the non-psychoactive component of the hemp plant that proponents believe, can help address a wide range of physical and psychological ailments, including chronic pain.
“They are using it with kids who have seizures,” Plummer said on the Dan Patrick Show. We are now trying to educate people on its benefits for neurogenesis (which is the growth and development of nervous tissue). It seems like a no brainer for the NFL and soccer player to look into this.”
Plummer’s interview—which was direct and passionate—made the distinction between marijuana and CBD.
“There’s little THC (the ingredient that gets you high) in CBD,” he said. So little in fact that Plummer believes it wouldn’t even test positive in the NFL.
Plummer, who is now 41 years old, takes CBD in liquid form, from 15-to-20 days each day.
“It doesn’t taste too bad,” he said.
And if you are thinking that Plummer’s comments are aimed only at athletes, you’d be wrong.
“CBD is for everyone, not just football players,” he told Patrick. In fact, Plummer is feeling so good he indicated that he’s even thought about returning to the NFL, although he admitted to Dan Patrick that any comeback is unlikely.
But the fact he is feeling so good and giving CBD credit for that good feeling is a sign that CBD works for him and might work for you.
Plummer emphasized that CBD is not a recipe for getting high. But for chronic pain patients, there’s wisdom in his final comment:
“It doesn’t get you high, it’s a body neutralizer that mellows out mood swings,” Plummer said. “I have much less inflammation and it’s pretty amazing.”
“My brain is telling my body it works.”
To the NFL, Plummer challenged them to think outside the box.
“Let’s see what they can do, put some money into researching it.”
The NFL, which has been struggling to find a social issue it can actually get in front of, might consider Plummer’s comments carefully.
What CBD can do to help the chronic pain patient (like many former NFL players) is worth exploring.
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