CBD Catching on Among Professional Athletes and Sports Leagues
Though cannabis remains on The World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances, WADA stopped prohibiting the use of cannabidiol in 2017. Soccer players are no longer penalized for having CBD in their systems during the World Cups.
Several sports leagues and associations have followed WADA’s lead, such as the United Fighting Championship (UFC), which oversees mixed martial arts competitions and rankings. One of its members Nate Diaz famously hit a vape pen after a match in 2016.
“It’s CBD,” he told reporters. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation… before and after the fights and training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
Other positive signs include the recent announcement by the BIG3, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league, that it now permits players to use CBD for pain management and recovery. “These guys put their bodies on the line for us and the fans to entertain us with their talent,” says BIG3 co-founder Ice Cube. “There’s something out there that can help them that doesn’t enhance