CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (CBSDC) — A well regarded Harvard professor emeritus has a modest suggestion for the NFL: start funding marijuana research as a way to treat concussions.

Lester Grinspoon has long been an advocate of marijuana. He shared with Vice’s online magazine Motherboard an open letter he’s written to NFL commissioner Roger Godell urging him to listen to evidence of cannabis as a successful treatment for long term head trauma.

Grinspoon says he is a long-time fan of the NFL and does not want to see players suffer brain traumas in the future.

He says while helmets can protect the skull, nothing can protect the brain inside…except maybe cannabis.

“Already, many doctors and researchers believe that marijuana has incredibly powerful neuroprotective properties, an understanding based on both laboratory and clinical data,” he writes.

Grinspoon the NFL is one of the few organizations with the deep pockets to fund the extensive research needed.

He says the money will be worth it to prevent a lifetime of brain disease for future players.

The NFL has acknowledged repeated concussions can contribute to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and has mandated stricter rules designed to protect against repetitive brain injuries.

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Comments (2)
  1. I know for a fact that marijuana helps brain injuries, it helps reduce swelling and helps reduce inflammation and help reduce extreme high blood pressure caused by a condition that the VA refused to address due to trying to cover up crimes! They have known this for a long time! They allow victims to be harmed and we are getting sick of the intentional harm!!!

    1. If we were not blocked legal help most of these crimes in the VA, in the military and what happen at WCI would have been held accountable and they would not have been able to attempt to carry out lethal harm! LB police would not allow police report they are blocking disabled, homeless and anyone that they are related too! This is allowing so many people to be harmed, like what happen on highland street, north hollywood, chatworth, and granada hills! Clean up corruption in our military, in the veterans administration, courts, police, and government so disabled female veterans that have reported high-class felonies and kept asking for help! Who do we go to for help if Senator Boxer just sits on her ass and allows California to lure disabled women up to an oversight hearing to be assaulted, abused, threatened and harmed???

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