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Can CBD Be Used In Sports?

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In recent years there has been a rise of legalization that has left the regulations surrounding marijuana and its derivatives cloudy.  One of the cloudiest areas had to do with CBD and it’s permissibility for use by athletes. While this is broadly true, only cannabidiol is actually approved, with any other cannabinoids still being strictly forbidden.  This means that while permitted athletes should avoid using CBD since it can be nearly impossible to guarantee the purity of your supply.


What Is CBD?

There are over 115 cannabinoids that are found within the hemp plant, and cannabidiol is only one of them.  It has no psychoactive reaction like that found in THC, which is the reason it is treated differently than that substance.  Unfortunately, it is also nearly impossible to separate from the rest of the components so taking it will almost always result in some degree of contamination.


Can CBD Be Used In Sports?

It absolutely can, theoretically anyway.  As we mentioned before it is nearly impossible to guarantee that a sample of cannabidiol is going to free of contaminants.  These contaminants are not permitted for use in athletics and that means that their presence can lead to sanctions. Considering how long cannabinoids can potentially stay in your system it isn’t a safe bet for any professional athlete to make.


Is CBD Legal?

As a derivative of the hemp plant containing less than 0.3% THC this substance is not listed as a controlled substance by federal authorities.  However, it is also prohibited to sell dietary supplements that contain CBD based on a statement issued by the FDA. Additionally, CBD can not be marketed as a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, epilepsy or anxiety, or any other diseases.  This restriction is based on the FDA’s requirement that statements regarding a substance's efficacy in treating diseases are validated in clinical trials in a controlled environment.


Are There Any Medications That Have Been FDA Approved?

So far there are two that have made it through the rigorous testing and research requirements to become FDA approved.  These include the treatment for epilepsy and a few other diseases being marketed under the name Epidiolex. Sativex is a CBD/THC blend oil that is used to manage the pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis, though this has yet to be approved in the US.

For the time being, athletes should avoid receiving treatments containing CBD due to the purity of the substance being unreliable.  While none of the so-called “contaminants” can actually cause the athletes any harm, they are substances that are prohibited by WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency.  This means that taking them is a bit risky for those who are professional athletes. Dime Bag continues to watch the progress of CBD regulations and hopes that one day they’ll be less stringent for everyone.  Until that day we’ll continue to support research into the wonderful things that ganja can do, and do our part in activism surrounding its use.

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