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CBD and Sport – there have been numerous contradictions about whether professional athletes can use CBD based products or not. Whether CBD product consumption is legal or not.

Is it legal for athletes to use hemp-derived products?

All-natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited, e.g.: In cannabis (hashish, marijuana) and cannabis products. Natural and synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THCs). Synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC. Except: Cannabidiol.”

WADA /The World Anti-Doping Agency. – find all the text here

Who may and who may not use CBD?

The CBD industry becomes more and more popular among sports professionals. Many athletes use CBD to improve their performance and to speed their recovery. Athletes, use CBD oil, CBD edibles, muscle recovery balms, or highly concentrated massage oils for topical use. As of 2020, the NBA allows Cannabis use by players. More, they no longer drug test players for cannabis. So, the answer is actually pretty simple. Everyone can use CBD. But, bear in mind that, not all cannabinoids are free to use … before using any, you have to consult WADA /The World Anti-Doping Agency.

Which cannabinoids are not prohibited?

1. What is a Cannabinoid?

A cannabinoid is a compound produced by the cannabis (marijuana) plant or synthesized as a chemical (a synthetic cannabinoid). Of more than 100 cannabinoids in the plant, THC is the main psychoactive one. Also, THC alters the mind and behavior. Most importantly, you have to know what product you buy. Make sure you understand the differences between cannabinoids. Other cannabinoids include cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG). Since the mid-2000s, many different synthetic cannabinoids were produced in illegal laboratories and sold as drugs to mimic the effects of THC. These are illegal.

2. Which Cannabinoids WADA prohibits?

All-natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited except for cannabidiol (CBD). So, cannabis, hashish, and marijuana are prohibited.  Also, products, foods, and drinks, containing cannabinoids, are prohibited as well. More, all synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC are prohibited. Make sure your CBD product has a THC level under 0,2%. 0,2% is the legal amount of THC.

3. Is CBD Oil prohibited?

CBD is not prohibited. However, athletes have to be aware that some CBD oils extracted from cannabis plants, can also contain THC  and other cannabinoids. So, that can result in a positive test for a prohibited cannabinoid. It is easier when the CBD oil is not a full spectrum but a Broad-spectrum one. Comparatively, Broad-spectrum oils contain 0 THC. More, broad-spectrum oil is not extracted from the whole plant, therefore the complexity and the number of cannabinoids is reduced.

To conclude, CBD consumption is not prohibited, as long as you keep yourself informed.

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