The ongoing effects of cannabis on the human body have been explored for years now, but that research has mostly been anecdotal and often contradictory. Now, Calvin Johnson, a former NFL wide receiver who retired in May, has teamed up with Harvard University professors to begin a study that will use in-depth brain scans to investigate how marijuana affects the human brain.

NCAA football hall of famer Calvin Johnson and Harvard University’s Matthew Schoettler, PhD will collaborate on a study to determine the effects of cannabis on chronic pain and disability. “The collaboration will allow a team of medical experts to conduct a clinical trial using medical cannabis in order to better understand how it could be used to treat chronic pain and disability in certain patients,” said Schoettler.

In a recent announcement, the Harvard-MIT Joint Program in Marijuana Research (JPMR) has announced that it is working with former wide receiver, and 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Calvin Johnson, on a new study on the use of cannabis as an anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication in the NFL.



Johnson’s departure brought up thoughts of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders’ departure from Detroit just before the 1999 season. Sanders, too, had a spat with the Lions, perhaps due to the fact that he had to return $1.8 million of his signing bonus. The club paid him to be an ambassador three years ago, and he now attends franchise events.

Everyone will know if the Lions refund the money Johnson had to give back, he said.

He replied, “You’ll see me around the team.”

Johnson was the No. 2 selection out of Georgia Tech in the 2007 draft, and he only had a winning record in two of his nine seasons with the Lions.

He was difficult to stop because of his height, quickness, and power, despite occasionally drawing two defensive backs as if he were lined up wide for a punt team.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound receiver has a 40-yard sprint time of 4.4 seconds and a vertical leap of 45 inches.

With 1,964 yards receiving in 2012, Johnson’s skill set helped him shatter one of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s records. The three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler was the first player in NFL history to achieve 10,000 yards receiving (115 games) and 11,000 yards receiving (127 games). He also established a league record with 86.1 receiving yards per game, which Julio Jones now holds.

Despite the fact that his career was brief, he left enough of an impression to be included among the game’s greats.

In the end, he wants to be remembered for much more than his achievements on the football field.

Johnson replied, “Yeah, football, Hall of Fame, that’s a wonderful legacy.” “However, I would want for my legacy to be able to build something here that extends beyond, that improves people’s quality of life in a variety of ways. That’s exactly what I’m about.”

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