BIG W FOR PRO ATHLETES: CBD Ban Removed From World Anti-Doping Agency


"CBD is no longer prohibited."


PHOTO: NATE DIAZ, UFC Fighter - Smokes CBD at August 2016 Press Conference

Big News for CBD and Professional Sports.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed hemp-derived CANNABIDIOL (CBD) from its 2018 List of Prohibited Substances, freeing up professional athletes in major league sports associations: NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, UFC and international athletic associations IOC and FIFA, the ability to use CBD-infused products. In a statement made by WADA: “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited," (September 29, 2017). CBD, the non-psychoactive compound part of the cannabis plant, is used to treat a number of conditions including pain, inflammation, PTSD, reduction of muscle spasms and decreasing nausea.

It’s CBD, cannabis oil. It helps with the healing process and inflammation and stuff like that... So you wanna get these for before, after the fight, training. It’ll make your life a better place. CBD. CBD oil.
— Nate Diaz, UFC Fighter

Athletes like UFC fighter Nate Diaz, who treats pain and inflammation with CBD so openly, has helped draw attention to the benefits of treating sports injuries with cannabis. In high contact professional sports leagues like the NFL, painkiller and opioid addiction is very common, and CBD/CBD Oils can make a significant contribution in treating conditions and reducing opioid dependance. With many retired NFL players like Jake Plummer, Eugene Monroe and Ricky Williams advocating the use of cannabis as an alternate treatment, the WADA ban-removal of CBD means significant progress in the treatment of injuries and conditions in the sport.

In a recent Rolling Stones interview with former NFL player and active medical marijuana advocate Eugene Monroe (article "Eugene Monroe on NFL, CTE and How Weed Changed His Life, Aug. 2017), Eugene states:

I talk about pain a lot. It’s not because I’m complaining at all. It’s because it’s real and it’s something athletes deal with. However, we’re conditioned to not talk about it, right? Who wants to hear about a warrior’s pain? Marijuana tends to alleviate the pain that I deal with. Even while I played, you can speak to any football player and they’ll tell you waking up in the morning is probably one of the worst parts of your day. Your body is extremely stiff, it’s achy. And if I consume marijuana in the morning, it tends to take away some of that achiness so I feel better.
— Eugene Monroe, former NFL Baltimore Ravens

Professional athletes that currently use and advocate CBD use include:

  • BASS RUTEN - UFC Hall-of-Famer
  • CHARLIE ADAMS - former WR Houston Texans, NFL
  • DEMETRIN VEAL - former DT Tennessee Titans, NFL
  • RILEY COTE - former LW Philadelphia Flyers, NHL
  • JAKE PLUMMER - former QB Denver Broncos, NFL
  • STEVE KERR - head coach Gold State Warriors, NBA
  • EBENEZER EKUBAN - former DE Denver Broncos, NFL
  • EUGENE MONROE - former OT Baltimore Ravens, NFL
  • JUSTIN SANDY- former Safety Tennessee Titans, NFL
  • RICKY WILLIAMS - former RB Toronto Argos, CFL / Baltimore Ravens, NFL
  • LANCE JOHNSTONE - former DE Oakland Raiders, NFL
  • NATE JACKSON - former TE Denver Broncos, NFL
  • EBEN BRITTON - former OT Chicago Bears, NFL

The updated WADA banned substance list will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Until then, CBD still remains prohibited under the parameters established under the 2017 list. They do however, still warn that THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that can contribute to euphoric psychoactive effects, remains banned.