CBD is the only cannabinoid authorised by the WADA
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes a List of Prohibited Substances and Methods on an annual basis, which is mandatory for every signatory of the World Anti-Doping code. It is one of the five mandatory international standards of the signatories and includes prohibited and banned substances and methods. Since January 2018, CBD is the only cannabinoid that is no longer prohibited. FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia was then the first famous competition that authorized CBD consumption.
The 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods that were published in September and that will come into force on 1 January 2020 then states that all natural and synthetic cannabinoids and THC-mimetic products are prohibited, except CBD.
However, the WADA recalls that athletes “should be aware that some CBD oils and tinctures extracted from cannabis plants, may also contain THC and other cannabinoids that could result in a positive test for a prohibited cannabinoid”.
Many athletes advocate for CBD: football player Rob Gronkowski, MMA fighters Liz Carmouche and the Diaz Brothers, gold medal-winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken, former elite cyclist Andrew Talansky, freestyle skier Tanner Hall…
And one can understand why: CBD does not only have various benefits but it also is a natural product. For instance, it helps relieve pain by reducing inflammation, it settles your gut, it activates blood circulation, it stands as an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) that may not be as safe as they were thought to be as well as an alternative to opioids, it improves sleep quality… It has also been demonstrated that, overall, CBD was a great help in muscle recovery.
On the whole, everybody that is doing sport regularly could use CBD to help the body heal. However, medical advice should always be sought before using CBD for therapeutic purpose, even for sport.