Former NFL running back Christian Okoye says CBD oil can help manage pain

Over the course of his six-year career as an NFL running back, Christian Okoye took and dished out his share of hits. Nicknamed the Nigerian Nightmare, the all-pro back started taking opioids to deal with the pain when he had trouble sleeping.

“After my career I continued taking them because of course when I wake up in the morning I needed help to get going,” Okoye said.

But after speaking with a teammate, he learned about cannabidiol as a treatment option.

“A few months ago, when I was introduced to CBD oil, I stopped taking those drugs because CBD Oil helped me to manage this pain,” Okoye said.

CBD can be extracted from hemp or marijuana and has been shown to be a neuroprotectant in several studies.

It can reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures and treat neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Unlike THC, the other well-known chemical compound found in weed, CBD is not psychoactive.

“It doesn’t make you high, it just treats your body,” Okoye said. “So that’s what makes it great.”

Now several companies are conducting studies to find out if the drug can help protect athletes like NFL players from the constant contact they put their heads through during a career.

“What we’re looking for is neuroprotection in the classic sense of mild-traumatic brain injury before, during and after to see if we can develop something as a medicine that can be used in the mild-traumatic brain injury and/or CTE,” Dean Petkanas of Kannalife said.

Unlike THC, CBD is legal in many states if it’s grown in approved locations by government guidelines. However, it’s still on the list of banned substances in the NFL.

“It should be made available to current NFL players” Okoye said. “I know many retired NFL players that take it and all of them swear by it.”

In other words, the Nigerian Nightmare says CBD is a dream come true.

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DEA Clarifies Stance: CBD Is Not Prohibited

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement further clarifying their interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In their statement, they make clear the critical difference between CBD and THC, a distinction that CBDfx and other cannabidiol retailers have been fighting to bring to light.

The DEA agrees that the CSA targets marijuana specifically because of the psychoactive properties found in THC, its primary active ingredient. Because THC is an intoxicating agent, and CBD is not, the DEA now sees fit to clarify that “Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana… are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA.”

This is incredible news and confirmation for the millions of CBD users nationwide who have now gained yet another layer of legitimacy to their usage of cannabidiol. The statement by the DEA now means that:

  • CBD may be imported/exported to and from the USA without restriction, and;
  • CBD may be lawfully purchased and sold throughout the country

Although in practice this was already the case, there was a perceived gray area due to widespread misunderstanding and conflation of CBD versus THC as well as the effects (or lack thereof) of each compound.

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