Megan Rapinoe

US Soccer star Megan Rapinoe advocates CBD use for pain relief and management

US Soccer star Megan Rapinoe advocates CBD use for pain relief and management

The soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, has always been an advocate for noble social justice causes. For years, Rapinoe and her fellow U.S. Women’s National Soccer (USWNT) team mates have filed class action lawsuits against the U.S. Soccer association over equal pay and gender discrimination, despite having a strong performance records.

The USWNT has been remarkable in the last decade, and co-captain and forward Megan Rapinoe has been the anchor to that success. Recently in June 2019, Rapinoe led the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to a World Cup title, where she also brought home a Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals. 

Now off-the-field and retired, Megan and her sister Rachael Rapinoe, recently soft launched a CBD company specifically designed to provide athletes with CBD products to treat pain from sports related injuries. Rapinoe believes in the power of CBD – and she’s not alone. Sports superstars like Rob Gronkowski, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Joe Montana all vouch for natural pain relief options in comparison to what their respective leagues currently allow.

“I think it’s been widely known and proven that the management doesn’t always have the best interest of the individual athlete at their hands, […] we feel discriminated against and not treated fairly or equitably, [and] you can see that with the NFL players, they’ve had an opioid crisis for a long time, concussion results of those CTE tests were hidden from the players for a long time, opioid abuse is rampant in the NFL,” exclaimed Megan Rapinoe.

A voice for the good of all people

Megan Rapinoe believes that athletes can be the voice of reason to help de-stigmatize the now popular compound cannabidiol (CBD). Rapinoe wants to be the voice that gets athletes and leagues to consider the healthier alternative. Athletes today are always at high risk for injury. They put their bodies on the line, especially for high contact sports like in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLS. Everyday, a new athlete is injured, while leagues are taking a long time to conduct their own research. Until more progress occurs, Rapinoe still believes she can start by pursuing the leagues that are less strict in their pain-relief sanctions. “I believe [in] the power of athletes in [their] particular field is incredibly strong because what we’re asking for is a better, safer alternative to pain management, […] I think if I wanted to find somebody to give me an opioid prescription or a sleeping pill prescription or some other prescription drugs, I think that would in many ways be easier and technically legal to give. Which, I think we’re seeing right now, has been horribly damaging to our country and to athletes as well” said Rapinoe. 

Increasing rapport in the public eye

Gaining popularity in 2019 since the passing of the U.S. Farm Bill of 2018 making it federally legal to grow, extract, and consume the compound, cannabidiol has been the go-to for folks looking for pain-relief alternatives instead of the highly addictive opioid options. Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency, also known as WADA, removed cannabidiol from its list of banned substances. The evidence of its benefits is found through a multitude of research publications on the National Institute of Health (NIH), so why hasn’t the FDA or USDA taken a step towards regulation? “There actually is a lot of research done in the cannabis industry and on CBD, it’s just all considered ‘white paper research,’ which means it hasn’t been published through universities or our federal government, which personally I feel is a huge disservice to the American people and the industry,” said Megan Rapinoe. In another interview with Portland’s Willamette Week, Megan’s sister Rachael Rapinoe added “I think there’s definitely enough science [regarding] the endocannabinoid system: the function of it, and what we know that it does, and what cannabidiol can do.” You don’t have to be an athlete to take CBD. With the medical community backing the power of CBD, consumers are eager to try the substance to alleviate their ailments. Not only is it great for pain relief and management due to its anti-inflammatory effects, but cutting edge research has also shown that it can also reduce stress, anxiety, acne, insomnia, joint or arthritic pain, and multiple sclerosis, among other ailments. Image Credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images

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