Hemp helping former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer

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Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer says he is taking CBD, also known as cannabidoil, and it is easing the daily pain he suffered from a decade playing in the NFL. 9NEWS at 6 a.m. 5/20/2016.

DENVER – Hemp is helping.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer says he is taking CBD, also known as cannabidoil, and it is easing the daily pain he suffered from a decade playing in the NFL.He is one in a growing group of professional athletes who say they need safer and more natural ways to manage the pain that comes with their careers.

CBD is compound of cannabis that does not have THC. THC is the substance in marijuana that gives the feeling of euphoria or a “high.”

Plummer is part of group of former and current NFL players asking the league to back research on CBD’s effectiveness managing and preventing pain. They say the prescription drugs players take — like opioids — are far more dangerous and addictive.