Starting on January 1, CBD will no longer be banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency while THC will still remain prohibited.
Marijuana’s medicinal potential may have just received an endorsement from an unlikely source, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Starting on January 1, CBD will no longer be on the list of banned substances by the agency.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA said in a recent statement.
While WADA may be changing their tune on CBD, they are not removing THC from the list of banned substances.
“Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC,” WADA said. Testing positive for THC can still result in long suspensions for athletes.
UFC fighter, Nick Diaz, has been one of the public faces behind the battle between CBD users and WADA. He received a whopping five year suspension after testing positive for marijuana. The suspension was eventually reduced to 18 months.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said publically after the suspension. “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.”
Other professional athletes, especially former and current NFL players are also pushing for changes to banned substance policy when it comes to marijuana.