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Eugene Monroe, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, is backing medical marijuana research on pain and brain injuries in football players in hopes of removing marijuana from its banned-substances list.

Article: Medical marijuana advocate and offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Eugene Monroe, courageously donates $80K to fund medical marijuana research at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Monroe the only NFL player to openly back medical marijuana for chronic pain, speaks out against opioids, and encourages the NFL to remove marijuana from its banned-substances list.
Monroe bravely steps forward
When the Realm of Caring Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, set a lofty goal of $100,000 for their “Bright Lights Fade,” fundraising campaign to fund medical marijuana research
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Penn is doing two studies to start, says Marcel Bonn-Miller of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. Penn will examine both current and retired NFL players to understand the impact of cannabis or cannabinoid use on injury recovery.

Why medical marijuana instead of opioids
Opioids, such as Vicodin, Oxycodone Percocet relieve pain, but are known to be physically addictive. Dependence is often accompanied by tolerance, or the need to take higher doses of a medication to get the same effect says the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH). When tolerance occurs, it becomes difficult for a physician to determine whether a patient is developing a drug problem, or has a real medical need for higher doses to control their pain.
"Opioids are ruining lives across the country, and as athletes we're not immune to those perils," said Monroe, who has been prescribed prescription painkillers as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
When it comes to addiction, marijuana differs from opioids, because it tends to be more subtle suggests
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