Late September, 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD, an anti-inflammatory compound derived from cannabis, from its 2018 prohibited substances list.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, warning, however, that THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that can contribute to euphoric psychoactive effects, remains banned.
“Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC,” WADA said, urging athletes to take precautions before imbibing CBD products. Marijuana use remains prohibited and positive tests can result in long suspensions. CBD products derived from industrial hemp however contain very limited amounts of THC.
The new prohibited substances list will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Until then next year, CBD remains prohibited under the 2017 prohibited substances list.
With people all over the world realizing the health benefits of hemp derived CBD, this can hopefully pave the way for more patients to opt for healthier treatment options and herbal medicinal remedies over the pharmaceuticals that have been known to cause health complications and addiction in some patients.