02 Oct 2017
CBD is no longer prohibited by WADA.

CBD is Allowed in 2018 Inordinance with WADA

WADA Removes Cannabidiol from the 2018 Prohibited List

Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA.)

Friday, WADA released the 2018 Prohibited List removing cannabidiol along with alcohol, mitragynine and telmisartan. The updated list removes CBD unless it contains THC, tetrahydrocannabinol.

“WADA is pleased to publish the 2018 Prohibited List,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders — in particular athletes and their entourage — have sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the document and its modifications,” Reedie continued

CBD Specifically Exempt from Cannabinoids

Currently, all cannabinoids are prohibited for athletes in-competition. This is about to change. Beginning January 1, 2018, according to WADA all athletes are able to use CBD. The Prohibited List Summary and Explanatory Notes specifically states cannabidiol is no longer a prohibited substance. Athletes must be aware of their CBD oil and where it is derived as the cannabis plant still contains THC, which is still banned.

CBD for Athletes

One of the main uses for CBD is as an analgesic. Many retired professional athletes have recently been in the news for using CBD to treat pain. Some have even cleaned out their medicine cabinets to strictly rely on CBD. Prescription and over-the-counter pain medications are helpful but can lead to addiction and a negative lifestyle.

CBD is a non psychoactive cannabinoid derived from cannabis. When derived from industrial hemp, CBD is high and THC is low. CBD isolate offers a pure cannabinoid with no THC. Athletes say cannabis use before and/or after helps an athlete to reduce anxiety, increase focus, manage pain, and improve recovery.

Al Harrington, American professional basketball player, is a cannabis advocate and entrepreneur who has experienced the positive effects in not only his life but his grandmother’s. Throughout his 17 year career, he endured 14 surgeries resulting in taking pain medications. Since finding CBD Al hasn’t used a pain reliever.
“I’ve never used a Vicodin, an anti-inflammatory—I haven’t used anything. I’ve been straight cannabis,” shares Al to Dope Magazine.

CBD and the Body

CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system which stimulates endogenous cannabinoids to do their job naturally. Research shows we have two cannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in nervous system as well as glands, connective tissue and organs. CB2 receptors are throughout the immune system.

We all naturally produce endocannabinoids. They keep your body healthy and systems balanced. Dr. Russo introduces a theory of endocannabinoid deficiency. He explains when we experience pain where we shouldn’t we are lacking endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant have affinity to cannabinoid receptors, replacing the lack of cannabinoids in our body.

Adding CBD to the WADA List provides the UFC and other athletes the chance to use a natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoid when hurt and in pain.


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