The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is the international organization responsible for sanctioning doping in sports competitions . And until 2018, cannabinoids were all banned. In other words, at the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Any active ingredient in cannabis was grounds for disqualification. This changed in 2017 when WADA Director General announces that cannabidiol will be off the prohibition list for 2018.
The list, available in the cannabinoids section, has remained intact since then . And will be the list in effect for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Athletes at the world’s largest international sporting event will be able to use CBD. The cannabinoid with anti-inflammatory or anti-convulsive properties, without penalty.
In the section on cannabinoids, the Municipal Anti-Doping Agency indicates that the prohibited cannabinoids are cannabis, hashish, and marijuana, although these terms do not correspond to cannabinoids in any way. These prohibitory cannabinoids also include synthetic cannabinoids, in which the example of THC mentioned. And any other cannabinoid reproducing its effects.
This section indicates that cannabinoids are a prohibited substance for athletes, but the Agency adds an exception: cannabidiol, a cannabinoid with no psychoactive effects. It should be recalled that because of its illegality in most countries until recently, scientific research on cannabis, especially clinical research, is still in its infancy.
In spite of this, CBD is, together with the famous THC, one of the cannabinoids that have been studied scientifically. Cannabidiol research has been made possible by the many medical applications that have been touted by consumers, including many parents whose children suffer from refractory epilepsy and for whom CBD offers relief.