The cannabidiol CBD is usable by athletes
World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) Cannabidiol CBD can be used by athletes
CBD or cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive component present in some varieties of Cannabis which, besides acting as an antagonist of THC reducing its effects, possesses anticonvulsant properties, neuroprotective, muscle relaxants and antistress. Moreover, it does not alter the brain functions of users and its medicinal properties have been proven. Reasons, all these, that have surely influenced the decision of the World Anti-Doping Agency to remove CBD from the list of banned substances of 2018, addressed to professional athletes.
This is what Oliver niggli, Director General of the AMA, announced in a press conference, and what is on the list that will come into force next year. So far, “all natural cannabinoids, e.g. cannabis, the hashish and marijuana” were catalogued as banned substances by the agency, and by extension also the CBD, but it has now become part of the exceptions.
In this historic period for the first time in the history of doping, one of the components of marijuana has been considered suitable for athletes and, as a result, its consumption will no longer be penalized.
CBD has become the first active substance in cannabis to be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) list of banned substances.
Consumption of cannabinoids in general and THC in particular remains punishable while cannabidiol is specifically mentioned as a permitted substance.
This has been specified in the List of Forbidden Substances, in force from January 2018.
Sports and Marijuana
The link between professional athletes and marijuana is much closer than might be expected a priori and, although the substance has no impact on the person’s physical abilities, There are too many cases of athletes who have seen their career damaged, to a greater or lesser extent, after having tested positive for Cannabis. In 2008, swimmer Michael Phelps was suspended for three months from the Cannabis consumption competitions, while Spanish gymnast Gervasio Deferr lost all the titles won between October 2002 and January 2003, including a gold medal and a silver medal, both of world championships.
In any case, more and more sportspeople are coming out”, publicly defending both the therapeutic and recreational use of marijuana.
MMA –Nate Diaz
This American athlete of Mexican descent had already made public his inclination for marijuana when he began to vaporize CBD oil in the press conference held after UFC 202, A mixed martial arts event organized by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas and comparing Diaz with Conor McGregor. An incisive and highly commented act that, when asked by a journalist, the boxer justified by saying that it was only the CBD, “that makes Life a better place”.
Nate Diaz– Viewpoint
American Football (NFL) – Eugene Monroe
This American football player has worn the National Football League (NFL) jersey as a seven-season tackle, before having to withdraw from professional sport at the age of 29 due to concussion in the field. The pain of the lesions and the analgesic effects exerted on them by marijuana l’led to claim the decriminalization of the plant in its discipline. In recent years he has become a global campaigner for cannabis.
Eugene Monroe– Viewpoint
Cycling – Floyd Landis
This cyclist of American origin made much talk of himself when, after winning the Tour de France 2006, the title was immediately returned to him to be positive for testosterone. Years later, once he retired from professional cycling, he opened a Cannabis dispensary– Floyd’s of Leadville– in Colorado, a state where the consumption of medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal.
Floyd Landis – Viewpoint