Cannabis + CTE with NFL’s Derrick Morgan

I was awakened at seven am with an email that read "I can do now." I jumped out of bed and scrambled to my laptop to interview Derrick Morgan. I wasn't going to keep an NFL player waiting. Derrick Morgan, who is a current linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, had agreed to speak with me about his stance on medical cannabis use. Although he currently does not consume, he does support research. When it comes to cannabis and professional sports leagues there is little to no public integration of the two. Because of cannabis’ legal status as a Schedule I drug, many sporting institutions are publicly opposed to the use of cannabis as a type of treatment and some claim that cannabis is a physically performance-enhancing drug. The National Football League (NFL) has a few advocates that have recently begun to come out in support of cannabis and its use in treating neurological issues like Chronic Traumatic Expansion (CTE).

 When it comes to cannabis and professional sports leagues there is little to no public integration of the two. Because of cannabis’ legal status as a Schedule I drug, many sporting institutions are publicly opposed to the use of cannabis as a type of treatment and some claim that cannabis is a physically performance-enhancing drug. The National Football League (NFL) has a few advocates that have recently begun to come out in support of cannabis and its use in treating neurological issues like Chronic Traumatic Expansion (CTE). Derrick Morgan is currently the only active player in the league who is outspoken about cannabis research and its beneficial uses to treat brain injuries. Morgan began his journey into cannabis by researching alternative methods to treating brain-related injuries caused by football. Although he currently does not use any products he can see there is potential to use cannabis for treatment. He wants to spread the word about cannabis and believes that the NFL will not integrate cannabis into treatments stating that they, “don’t want to do anything out of the status quo.” Despite this, he states that there is a 100% injury rate for players and the NFL should be looking into any type of treatment for players. That every single player in the league, in some way or another, has been injured is extremely problematic. More former athletes see this issue, like Eugene Monroe, former Offensive Tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, is another athlete advocate of the plant. Monroe admits to using cannabis for pain management from the injuries he endured while playing in the league.