Cannabinoids can be a highly effective way for athletes to combat various kinds of pain associated with intense training. Derivatives of cannabis, such as marijuana, have been used for centuries as a form of pain relief. Part I of this Article discusses how cannabinoids are used in sports medicine. Part II discusses the different approaches to marijuana and cannabidiol use across sports leagues. Part III highlights the inconsistencies between the NCAA’s approach to testing for substance abuse and its investment in student-athletes’ well-being. Part IV discusses how the NCAA must focus on student-athlete health. Finally, Part V concludes that the NCAA should consider a more supportive and inclusive approach to cannabis and substance abuse treatment for its student-athletes.
Kelli Rodriguez Currie, A Commitment to the Whole Athlete: Embracing the Role of Cannabinoids in Collegiate Athletics, 43 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 921 (2020).
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