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Cannabidiol is Removed From The World Anti Doping Agency’s Prohibited List

The World Anti Doping Agency has removed CBD its Prohibited List

Up to now you could assume that most athletes may have been unaware of what CBD even is, or that it was even previously prohibited by the WADA.

UFC fighter Nate Diaz spoke candidly about vaping CBD before a UFC post-fight press conference back in August 2016 as a result the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued Diaz warning the use of a prohibited substance

“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited.” This statement, released by WADA in September 2017, is the first of its kind in the history of competitive sports. With this decision, WADA has given thousands of athletes the opportunity to use CBD as a natural alternative without the fear of consequence.

Created by the International Olympic Committee, WADA unifies global anti-doping policies. Organizations that use the WADA policy include the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, all International Federations, and over 200 National Anti-Doping Organizations, including USADA. USADA has advocated for the adoption of WADA policy by collegiate and professional sports leagues, although this change has yet to be embraced.

The modified WADA document does caution athletes to be aware of the THC levels in the CBD products they are using. The document states, “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance” (source).

With its significant impact on the global sports community, it is our hope that WADA’s decision will prompt other sports organizations to follow its lead on CBD regulations.

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