Cannabis and Sports: Up Against Outdated Rules

Article by Eric Strober, Green Camp via Regina Leader-Post

Cannabis and sports: Up against outdated rules Many professional athletes are coming forward as cannabis advocates. So what are the associated risks and benefits? ERIC STROBER, GREENCAMP.COM Big3 co-founder Ice Cube greets a fan during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Infinite Energy Arena on August 10, 2018 in Duluth, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) A growing number of professional athletes are coming forward as cannabis advocates, calling for reduced penalties—or none at all—for using the plant, and highlighting its benefits for pain relief compared to options like opioids. DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES In 2018, WADA removed cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical in cannabis that has therapeutic, but not psychoactive, effects, from its list of banned substances.

While cannabis legalization in Canada and some states in the U.S. may have opened doors to additional research into the plant’s health benefits, one area where the move towards acceptance continues to face hurdles is within professional sports leagues—at least for now.

A growing number of professional athletes are coming forward as cannabis advocates, calling for reduced penalties—or none at all—for using the plant, and highlighting its benefits for pain relief compared to options like opioids.

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