Former NFL defensive end Marvin Washington has made multiple media appearances leading up to the release of the movie Concussion to discuss the NFL, how they approach chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and how cannabidiol (CBD) factors into research for a possible treatment. Most recently, the former New York Jet was invited onto Fox Business network to weigh in on what national conversations about CTE the new Will Smith movie would generate.
He noted three key takeaways:
- The movie puts the conversation of concussions and CTE into the mainstream
- The NFL needs to get behind the science of CTE and concussion-related injuries – they had an opportunity to do so with a proposed study at Boston University last week but decided instead to use their veto capabilities
- The NFL needs to get behind the treatment side of CTE, like the work being done at Kannalife Sciences
“My company, Kannalife Sciences, we have a treat CTE site, and we want the NFL to get behind it,” says Washington. “We’ll pick up their call if they call us.”
Watch the Fox Business segment with Washington here: