World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD From Banned Substances List

Article by Gage Peake, Leafly

World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD From Banned Substances List. UFC star Nate Diaz speaks during a UFC 202 mixed martial arts news conference, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Call it a first step in the right direction.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is removing cannabidiol—the pain-relieving, non-psychoactive cannabis compound—from its list of banned substances in 2018.

WADA, which governs drug testing in the Olympics, also sets the standard for anti-doping guidelines in many sports leagues, like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and others around the world.

Currently, under the United States Anti-Doping Agency and UFC rules, cannabis and its metabolites are prohibited. Starting next year, however, CBD will be allowed, while synthetic cannabis and cannabis products rich in psychoactive THC will remain banned.

Here is the passage of the new WADA 2018 Prohibited List that references cannabinoids:

World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD From Banned Substances List. Here is the passage of the new WADA 2018 Prohibited List that references cannabinoids:

Each year WADA releases a prohibited list of banned substances, as the agency frequently looks at changes in the medical world and relates them to its banned substance list.

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