Good news for professional athletes, they can now say yes to CBD. The Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially removed cannabidiol (CBD) from their list of prohibited substances for 2018. The WADA, which was created by the International Olympic Committee, sets the anti-drug regulations for Olympic and other international athletes participating in a wide number of global sports competitions. It's amazing that it has taken this long but we're not going to complain.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has many well-documented medical benefits for professional athletes, including the reduction of chronic pain symptoms and inflammation. However, usage of the supplement has been prohibited, not because anyone doubts it works but because it comes from cannabis. CBD and the other cannabinoids found in cannabis have no psychoactive effects, so its usage has little effect on an athlete's performance other than helping them recover from injuries.
CBD was brought to the attention of many sports fans when MMA fighter Nate Diaz used a vape pen during a post-fight conference in 2016. "It's CBD," Diaz told the press. “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.”
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” the WADA wrote. “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
That is a confusing statement so let me explain by first explaining cannabis. Cannabis is the plant species and there are sub species including marijuana and hemp. Marijuana is cannabis high in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and low in CBD and other cannabinoids for that matter. THC is the molecule that can make users "high". Hemp is cannabis that is high in CBD and very low in THC. CBD can legally be extracted from hemp as long as it contains .3% or less of THC to be legal in all 50 states. CBD extracted from marijuana is not legal in most states whether you are a professional athlete or average Joe.
At CBD BioCare we believe this is just the beginning of a transformation that will spread nationwide. There is so much evidence to suggest the health benefits of cannabis and it can no longer be ignored. It is changing lives and helping people cope with many conditions ranging from pain, stress, anxiety, to autoimmune diseases and so much more.