(FinancialPress) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released its Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes— a regulation update for 2018. One of the most notable changes came in the banned substance list, as marijuana legalization changes begin to make their impact across the sporting world.
Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD) will no longer be considered a prohibited substance. CBD is a growing market, used as a pain relief medicine derived from cannabis plants.
Changes come into effect, at the beginning of next year— Bu at the moment, all cannabinoids are still prohibited in-competition by WADA.
Notable athletes such as MMA fighter Nate Diaz brought the marijuana extract to light through multiple failed drug tests or, in Diaz‘s case, when he brought a CBD vape pen to the post-fight press conference of his box-office-hit rematch against bombastic Irishman Conor McGregor. The match headlined UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Nevada and found the Stockton native on the losing end of an unanimous decision.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said when inquired about the device. “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.”
The episode led to USADA, the UFC‘s anti-doping partner, to issue the fighter with a public warning. The determination was taken since he was still inside of the competition period, which extended to six hours after the bout being officiated was contested. That window will too now be reduced to end the moment the post-fight sample is collected.
Cannabidiol does not have psychoactive properties, unlike THC. What it does have, is potent anti-inflammatory qualities, and is also used to treat anxiety and pain.
As per WADA‘s statement, “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.“
THC consumers, however, are not out of the woods just yet. Tetrahydrocannabinol continues to be classified as a banned substance and a positive drug test result will bring about heavy penalties – something that many athletes, including Diaz and his brother and former UFC welterweight contender Nick, have very vocally opposed for years now.