CBD (cannabidiol) has been removed from the prohibited substance list in competitive sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Previously, all cannabinoids were prohibited in-competition by WADA.
Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is the non-psychoactive, pain-relieving cannabinoid found in cannabis. In addition to pain relief, CBD offers a variety of other health benefits including reducing inflammation, anti-cancer properties, as well as neuroprotective benefits for athletes who may be prone to traumatic brain injury such as MMA fighters.
Thanks to Nate Diaz, who, during a post fight press conference following his MMA fight with Conor McGregor, was seen vaping CBD, in contradiction to the ‘in-competition’ window. Diaz was given a public warning by the US anti-doping agency, which brought CBD use in sports into the light.
When asked about his CBD use, Diaz replied, “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
Many athletes across a variety of sports have been unable to use CBD because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) currently has listed it as a prohibited substance. However, WADA recently released their updated prohibited list for 2018 and CBD will no longer be prohibited for use by athletes. This news has been welcomed by professional athletes and competitive sports enthusiasts alike. Unlike opioid pain medications, CBD has not been found to be addictive. In fact, some research has found that CBD can actually help decrease addictive use of marijuana as well as opioids like morphine by blocking the reward pathways that lead to addiction.
It’s important to note that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the better known psychoactive component of cannabis and its derivatives are still on the prohibited list for 2018. As a result, athletes who wish to use CBD must ensure any products they use don’t contain any THC.
According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), therapeutic use exemptions will only be considered for legal. WADA’s prohibited list states that natural cannabinoid sources like cannabis, hashish, and marijuana as well as synthetic cannabinoids like Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabimimetics remain prohibited. Be sure to check with your country’s respective doping agency as ultimately you are solely responsible for what you put into your body.
The fact that world regulatory bodies are coming around to the scientific truths surrounding cannabinoids like CBD is the latest in a series of steps in the right direction. People all over the world recognise the therapeutic nature of CBD, and only good things can come from further exploration of this incredible substance.
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