World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD from 2018 Banned Substances List

Why athletes love CBD

In the world of athletics injury and pain are just a part of the game regardless of the sport. There are hundreds of different ways athletes try and remedy their aches and pains from stretching, to sitting in ice baths, to taking anti-inflammatory drugs like Motrin or Tylenol. All of these things share one common feature: their end goal is the reduction of inflammation.  An exploding trend over the last several years has been the use of CBD – cannabidiol – to relieve muscle aches and pains, limit inflammation, and boost the recovery efforts of our immune system.  People from every walk of life are finally experiencing the powerful effects of CBD for a plethora of different conditions, and professional athletes are no different. 

Change and Progress

Athletes like Nate Diaz from UFC turn to CBD to help their bodies heal and recover from the incredible strain they constantly put on their bodies. According to Nate, CBD is great “for before, after the fight, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”  He openly vaped a CBD concentrate at a post match press conference in 2016.

Very recently, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA, made a subtle change in their 2018 draft of the List of Prohibited Substances.  On past versions of this list, many drugs like cocaine and other incredibly dangerous substances can be found, right alongside CBD. Finally, however, starting in January of 2018, a small footnote in the “cannabinoids” section reads “exempt: cannabidiol.”

Those two words represent decades of hard work and millions of collective hours of effort and willpower by those in the hemp and CBD industries (such as ourselves), and they represent the chance for both healing and protection – protection from addiction.  Addiction is a rampant epidemic in the professional sports world as many athletes turn to opiates to conceal their pain and inflammation before the next big match.

The fact that world regulatory bodies are coming around to the scientific truths surrounding cannabinoids like CBD is the latest in a series of steps in the right direction.  People all over the world recognize the therapeutic nature of CBD, and only good things can come from further exploration of this incredible substance.