Marvin Washington is dedicated to getting football players access to medical marijuana. The 11-year NFL veteran and current managing partner of industrial hemp CBD producer Isodiol is already suing Jeff Sessions to declassify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, and now, with head injuries and opioid use increasingly prevalent in all ages and skill levels, Washington is shifting at least some of his focus to youth football.
According to the New York Post, Washington is planning a CBD education tour, with stops at Pop Warner football games in Florida, Texas, California and Washington already planned. The longtime defensive end will be taking a grassroots approach, talking to parents directly about the dangers of football and the non-psychoactive healing and painkilling benefits of high-CBD medical marijuana.
“My CBD can be taken by a 7-year-old football player or a 27-year-old professional,” Washington told the Post.
Washington’s move towards youth football CBD advocacy comes on the heels of a new study commissioned, and subsequently rebuked, by the NFL that showed 110 out of 111 brains from deceased football players tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative neurological disease caused by repeated head injuries. The study lead some concussion experts to call youth football a form of “child abuse.”
But as the NFL and the American public alike have made it maddeningly clear that CTE study won’t stop them from playing or watching the same game, Washington is hoping that his experience and insight can help parents and children avoid at least some of the sport’s danger.
Because Isodiol’s products are made from federally allowed industrial hemp, Washington will theoretically be able to hand out the company’s CBD-rich lotions, balms and sprays to parents on the sidelines in whatever state he wants. That is if the youth league’s don’t sniff him out.
When asked for comment by the Post, a representative with Pop Warner football was quick to denounce Washington’s plans.
“No one at Pop Warner has had anything to do with this and certainly doesn’t approve it,” the spokesman said, noting that “only Pop Warner-approved vendors and vendors with municipal permits may attend [league] events.”
CBD has not been proven to reduce CTE in youth football players, but it has been revolutionary in children's epilepsy treatment and adult pain relief, with no negative side effects reported. With football players as young as high school put on prescription opiate painkillers, Washington is not shy about his push for an all-natural replacement, no matter what size the helmet is.