WADA Releases Ban on CBD Starting in 2018

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, will be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) ban list beginning on Jan. 1, the organization announced in a statement on Friday.

CBD is a cannabinoid, which is a chemical compound found in cannabis. All cannabinoids are currently banned by WADA.

“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited [beginning Jan. 1]. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”

CBD briefly entered the combat sports limelight in August 2016. During Nate Diaz’s post-fight press conference, following his majority-decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202, Diaz was smoking CBD out of a vape pen.

“It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that,” Diaz said. “So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

While CBD is mostly used for medical use, Diaz was still verbally admonished with a warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Diaz was technically violating anti-doping measures because the in-competition window was still open.

At the time, that window did not close until six hours after the fight. Now, that window closes once the fighter has taken his post-fight drug test.

But starting Jan. 1, if a Diaz brother, or any fighter for that matter, wanted to use a vape pen to smoke CBD while on stage, it wouldn’t be prohibited.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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