Football is much more damaging on the body than cannabis, but the NFL has yet to accept this fact. Research and science suggests that cannabis has therapeutic potential that can benefit both past and present athletes. These athletes don't consume cannabis for the high, but rather for recovery, sleep, anti-anxiety, and more. Cannabis is also protective for traumatic brain injuries, which could be especially beneficial to football players since concussions are so common in the contact sport.

Comedian Jim Belushi hosted The Official Pre-ESPYS & Dinner: CBD Wellness & Professional Athletes with Green Table Global, where NFL alum and former athletes discussed the benefits of CBD in professional sports. Among the guests were Nate Jackson (Denver Broncos), Dr. Jeff Chen (UCLA), Frank Shamrock (UFC), Tiki Barber (New York Giants), and more.