Athletes trying to break the cycle of opiods for pain and high dose anti-inflammatory drugs can rest easily now. The World Anti-Doping Agency, the drug dogs of the sports world, removed CBD from its roster of substances prohibited in competition athletes.
The agency kept it simple when they made the announcement September 29th, saying “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited.”
They did issue a reminder that THC, the compound in marijuana that causes a high, is still prohibited under their guidelines.
“Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC,” they added, encouraging athletes to take care when choosing CBD products. Finding THC during testing can cause athletes to be suspended or barred from competition.
The decision won’t take effect immediately, but after January 1st, athletes won’t be penalized for CBD usage, meaning the substance can be used for stress relief, as an anti-inflammatory agent, or for pain relief without fear of reprisal during drug testing.
UFC fighter Nate Diaz, who was seen vaping CBD after his battle with Conor McGregor at UFC 202 last year has been vocal about the benefits of CBD use. He admitted to using them before and after training and fighting for both healing and as an anti-inflammatory.
Diaz isn’t the only athlete to come forward and admit to using CBD. Football players, famous for taking more than their fair share of injury, have found a friend in CBDs and medical marijuana, helping them stay away from high doses of dangerous opiods.
Pain killer overdose and abuse in players is not a new subject, but ruling bodies are hesitant to credit cannabis products, whether in CBD form or medical marijuana, with keeping their players from becoming pill poppers.
Taking out the high of THC might be the thing that tipped WADA’s decision to remove CBD from their banned substance list, and it’s certainly one of the reasons that CBD products are catching fire with American consumers who need the medical benefits that cannabis can offer, but either don’t want the high of THC or don’t want to be labeled as cannabis users.
For athletes who are drug tested, CBD products are a god-send, and they are catching on with professionals like truck drivers and those who operate heavy machinery, because they relieve job related pain without the dangerous risk of THC sticking around in their system while they work.
Seeing a governing body like WADA stripping the negative labeling and prohibition of CBDs signals another step forward in the acknowledgment of the benefits of CBD products and further opens the door to research and to both social and medical acceptance of what patients who use CBD have long known, that CBDs are the key to non-addictive relief for a laundry list of problems.