NFL Hall of Fame Nominee Leonard Marshall to Newsweek: Old [NFL] Guard Needs to Accept CBD

Marshall says current and former players deserve access to hemp-based product

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As NFL football season delivers high-impact hits week after week, Leonard Marshall isn’t letting the NFL off the hook with his latest challenge.

“We need to get rid of the old guard [in the NFL],”  he told Newsweek in it's special edition covering cannabis.

Current NFL players who don’t want to risk testing positive on drug tests that don’t differentiate between THC and CBD are waiting for the NFL to approve CBD for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.

“We need something like a panel talking to players and ex-players about CBD products that might replace the drugs players get now,” he continues.

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Marshall has often said some of his motivation is to “save lives,” of former players like himself who are subjected to repeated head trauma. As Newsweek reports, head trauma is responsible for ruining the lives of many former NFL players blamed on the suicides of numerous NFL players including Aaron Hernandez’s last spring and famously, Junior Seau

Marshall, who recently made headlines as the first CBD advocate to receive a NFL Hall of Fame nomination after he announced he is donating his brain to CTE research, played for the New York Giants and the New Jersey Jets during his storied career which earned him two Super Bowl championships.

Marshall first started using CBD in 2013 after his CTE diagnosis, “I started changing—in the role of a husband and provider—due to the aftermath of head trauma,” he stated.  Marshall’s recent CTE video diary has received almost 30,000 views to date.

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