The World Anti-Doping Agency has ruled that Cannabidiol from hemp is safer than cough medicine.
Canadian rower and Sports Hall-of-Famer, Silken Laumann, learned the hard way how the use of a banned performance-enhancing substances can damage or even end an athlete’s career Laumann was stripped of her quadruple sculls gold medal from the 1995 Pan American Games after testing positive for pseudoephedrine, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Laumann’s case is particularly unsettling because she inadvertently took the drug via a cold medication. Yet, athletes are always looking for a competitive edge to build their speed, strength and endurance while staying healthy—Lance Armstrong fiasco aside.
The World Anti-Doping Agency was created to establish the global standard via the World Anti-Doping Code, whose provisions are enforced by the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport. The aims of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention and the United States Anti-Doping Agency are also closely aligned with those of WADA. In November 2007, more than 600 sports organizations adopted the code, including the summer and winter games and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
2018 will be a major platform for competitive sports after the winter games in South Korea and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. And with the trend towards global acceptance and legalization of CBD-Hemp Oil extracts and products, much of the dialog centers around the use of cannabinoids and sports.
While marijuana, and the psychoactive component THC derived from it, remains a prohibited substance, WADA officially removed cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp oil, from its Prohibited Substances List as of January 1, 2018. This is significant as WADA harmonizes global policy as the strictest anti-doping rules in all competitive sports. It is the bellwether for amateur sports leagues such the NCAA, and professional sports organizations such as the NFL, NHL,