WOONSOCKET, R.I. and TORONTO, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Abacus Health Products, Inc. (CSE: ABCS, OTCQX: ABAHF) (“Abacus” or the “Company”) today announces its support of Rob Gronkowski’s (Gronk), three-time professional football champion, decision to return to play professional football. Gronkowski partnered with Abacus following nine years of playing in New England. His relationship with Abacus is as a result of his focused effort to recover from the injuries sustained throughout his 9-season career. Following his retirement from professional football in March 2019, Rob Gronkowski announced his partnership with Abacus Health Products, the company behind CBDMEDIC topical pain relief products. In doing so, Gronkowski became an outspoken advocate for CBD in an effort to help athletes and people suffering with pain.
Gronkowski attributes his use of CBDMEDIC as a key factor in his decision to return to playing football, stating, “I left the game last year after realizing that my body had taken a beating and needed to recover. I’ve taken the recovery process seriously and CBDMEDIC has played a big role in my recovery. Now I’m glad to share that I’m back in the game!” Gronkowski added, “As a result of my personal experience I have advocated for the use of CBD products to be available to both the public and professional athletes and am glad to see changes in policy with sports organizations across the board.”
The use of CBD, an ingredient in hemp extract, in topical medications has experienced a gradual liberalization over the past years as a result of US federal government legislation, the distribution of products by major US retail chains, as well as the allowance by many professional sports leagues.
Abacus’ CBDMEDIC products contain active pharmaceutical ingredients as well as hemp extract. The 2018 Farm Bill, passed in December 2018, permanently removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and as a result, hemp became an agricultural commodity governed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). All hemp used in the manufacture and production of CBDMEDIC products is legally grown and all CBDMEDIC products are 100% THC-free and all-natural. CBDMEDIC products can be purchased over the counter by Americans coast-to-coast at the leading national retail pharmacy chains.
Abacus and Gronkowski have welcomed the significant changes made across professional sports over the past years that reflect the changing attitudes and awareness in the use of hemp extract and CBD to address a variety of health issues including pain management, which is a positive indicator for the future role of CBD in professional sports.
Abacus and Gronkowski have affirmed that the commercial relationship between the parties continues to be effective following Gronkowski’s decision to return to professional football.
Perry Antelman, CEO of Abacus Health Products stated, “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rob and supporting his advocacy efforts in raising awareness of the benefit of our CBDMEDIC topical medications to provide relief for millions of Americans. We are thrilled that Rob is back in the game. It has been an incredible year working closely with Rob – seeing him recover and get into the best shape he’s ever been and to know that CBDMEDIC products have been a major part of his journey. Now that Rob has made this phenomenal comeback, he’s also scored a huge win for CBD advocacy, a mission that he is dedicated to. To that end, we’re pleased he’s taking time out to help people with crippling arthritis pain in the SURVIVE & THRIVE: COVID-19 Celebrity Challenge Event in support of the Arthritis Foundation at 8pm tonight on their Facebook Live page.”