Jake Plummer Raising Money For CBD Research

Former Broncos quarterback, Jake Plummer, is hosting an auction for 16 game-day experiences in order to raise money to fund a series of studies of cannabinoid treatments for traumatic brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Plummer has been long time advocate for the allowance and research of CBD for NFL players.  He has raised awareness through the "When the Bright Lights Fade" campaign with the Colorado-based Realm of Caring, which was focused on the potential benefits for active and retired NFL players. 

The auction winners will receive packages including time with Plummer as well as "surprise VIP guests" from the Broncos, an invitation to a private tailgate party, a ticket and pregame field pass to the Broncos' regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders on January 1, transportation to and from the game, a "swag bag" filled with Broncos gear and an autographed football from a Broncos player.

Currently, the NFL prohibits players from consuming more than 35 nanograms of THC, the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, per milliliter of urine.  The Men's Journal reported that it takes on average 48 days for the daily herbalists levels to drop below 50 ng/mL and 8 days for the "once in a while" smokers levels to drop below that point. While CBD from hemp has very small levels of THC, any amount can become a risk to an NFL player.

The NFL Players Association has recently created a pain management committee to study the viability of cannabis as an alternative to opioids.  Even though the NFLPA has started to realize the potential benefits of CBD, the league must collectively agree for any changes to happen.  The current bargaining agreement is under operation until 2020 however, the substance abuse policy can be altered with the approval of both sides.

To bid on one of Plummer's packages, click here.