Gridiron Ganja is episode 2 of VICE’s Weediquete’s second season looks into the world of NFL players and the concussion risks associated with the sport. Krishna takes us into the mind of former Baltimore Raven’s offensive tackle Eugene Monroe to explain the lack of concussion policies in the NFL. He also shows the benefits that cannabis can have on players that have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease caused by constant blows to the brain. Watch the full episode below.
Sponsorship over players’ health?
The main concern that the NFL has with cannabis treatment is because of the stigma that surrounds the plant. Sponsors and advertisers would have trouble attaching their brand to a league that allows their players to consume the “devils lettuce”.
Even if the plant can help with pain and concussion symptoms, the brands that make the league millions might shy away from lucrative deals.
And even the slightest thoughts of lost profits for the NFL will keep them complacent, even if the players that bring in the audience are harming themselves.