RUGBY League stars can replace painkillers and anti-depressants with Cannabis oil, a new study aims to prove.

RUGBY League stars can replace painkillers and anti-depressants with Cannabis oil, a new study aims to prove.

Neurosurgeon Dr Amin Kassam, who has consulted with the NHL Alumni Association and Canopy Growth, said: “This is a crystallising moment.

“We have a big need, the right agenda and the right people.

“The NHL alumni are willing to commit their privacy and their souls to help others in the community.”

The use of opioids and prescription medication in sport is a hot topic.

A study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine found that a quarter of retired professional American Football players said they’d used opioids within the previous month – and half has used them not as prescribed.

CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that can be found in the cannabis plant. It is a naturally occurring substance and legal in the UK.

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