Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan on Thursday called upon the NFL to do research on marijuana as a possible treatment for brain injuries.
Morgan said the league owes it to its players to check out whether or not marijuana can help curb effects of traumatic head injuries caused by playing football.
Morgan joined free agent offensive lineman Eugene Monroe, most recently with the Baltimore Ravens, to discuss the matter with Katie Couric of Yahoo! Global News. Previously, Monroe had come out in favor of marijuana as a possible aid in fighting brain injuries.
“I feel like the NFL has a responsibility to look into it, to delegate time and money to research this for its players,” Morgan told Yahoo! “I think for the NFL to say that cannabis does not benefit the long-term health of its players without actually having gone and done the research — I don’t think that’s an accurate statement.”
According to the report, Morgan and Monroe are intrigued by a compound in cannabis called cannabidiol (CBD), which is used to treat epilepsy patients.
Many former NFL players who have died from concussion-related injuries have been found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease in the brain that is caused by repeated head trauma. CTE can only be discovered, however, by an autopsy after its victim is deceased.
The Titans issued a statement on Morgan’s comments.
“Derrick is a valued member of the Tennessee Titans. While we will decline comment on the content of his statements, we respect Derrick a great deal, and we believe our players always have the right to express their viewpoints on topics about which they are passionate,” the club said.