WADA Removes CBD from Banned Substances List

Cannabidiol will be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list beginning in 2018, meaning professional athletes can begin to reap the benefits of CBD in confidence.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who governs drug testing in the Olympics and set the standard for anti-doping guidelines in more than 600 sports leagues around the world, have released their updated list of banned substances for 2018. One entry in-particular underwent a major update from last year’s edition. Under the S8 Cannabinoids section of the list, the WADA spells out that;

“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.”

“WADA is pleased to publish the 2018 Prohibited List,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders — in particular athletes and their entourage — have sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the document and its modifications,” Reedie continued. “It is vital that all athletes and entourage take the necessary time to consult the List; and that, they contact their respective anti-doping organizations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method.”


 source: https://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/prohibited_list_2018_en.pdf


This marks a considerable shift in philosophy for the anti-doping organisation, which also recently decided to increase the threshold level for cannabis following consideration of the many submissions received from stakeholders during the Code review process. It’s now likely that many professional athletes and their associated clubs will source quality CBD products ensuring that no levels of THC are evident. Plant Life is perfectly situated to supply these markets due to our zero tolerance for any CBD products that contain even a trace of THC, all our products have ‘Non-detectable’ levels of THC (basically 0.00%) giving our users absolute confidence when using CBD, further to this our CBD capsules provide a much greater bioavailability (up to 3-5 times greater than traditional sublingual drops) giving the user a much greater uptake of cannabidiol in their bodies.

In the past we’ve seen many professional athletes become advocates of cannabis CBD use, the fact that CBD does NOT get you ‘high’ and is a natural, safe and legal supplement with an increasing number of studies backing up its credibility - means that CBD is due to become a lasting fixture in every athletes supplement cupboard. It’s fairly unknown that two of the biggest stars who regularly perform on the world stage advocate the use of cannabis in order to aid their wellbeing and out-of-season training, names such as the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt & the most decorated Olympian in history Michael Phelps.

It’s not uncommon for professionals to explore the benefits of cannabinoids in sport, a fairly prominent company in the USA were approached by ex NFL players in the hope CBD research could lead to breakthroughs in treatment for neurological disorders including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), with the idea that it could be introduced for professional players currently playing in the NFL.

So what makes CBD so useful for athletes? Well CBD is non-psychoactive and does not alter your perception in any way, while still presenting all the benefits attributed to hemp. This is seeing more athletes and regular health-conscious sportspeople make the connection between CBD and fitness when seeking to improve their athletic performance and overall general health.

Although currently there is a limited amount of studies made that directly support the effectiveness of CBD in competitive and non-competitive sports, it has been shown to have wide-ranging effects on the body and mind that are undoubtedly beneficial to athletes and general health-conscious sportspeople. CBD is being used to maintain mental alertness and increase focus when it matters the most, to reduce muscle inflammation and speed up recovery after training or reduce healing time to injuries, and to also regulate appetite and weight control. It’s still early days but the results have been very encouraging and we believe we’ll see a major shift from traditional sports supplements such as protein shakes and protein bars to CBD related products