Varieties Of Cannabis

The CBD, suitable for athletes, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The CBD is already the first active principle of cannabis to leave the list of components banned by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

For the first time in the history of doping, one of the components of marijuana is considered suitable for athletes, and its use is not penalized.

This has been reflected in the Prohibited List, which will come into force in January 2018.

This list continues to penalize the consumption of cannabinoids in general and THC in particular but points out that the use of cannabidiol is allowed.


The CBD or cannabidiol is not psychoactive component present in some varieties of cannabis which, besides acting as antagonist THC, reducing the effects, have anticonvulsive, neuroprotective, muscle relaxants and anti-stress properties. Inevitably because it does not alter the brain functions of users and given that it has proven medicinal properties, the World Anti-Doping Agency has removed the CBD from the list of prohibited 2018 for professional athletes.

He communicated this at a press conference¬† Oliver Niggli, General Director of WADA, last September and will be registered in the list that will be made public next year. So far the agency categorized marijuana as “all natural cannabinoids: cannabis, hashish and marijuana,” which included the CBD. However, from now on, this cannabinoid is specified as an exception.

Athletes And Marijuana

The relationship between professional athletes and marijuana is much narrower than one might imagine a priori. The cases of athletes who have seen their career damaged to a greater or lesser extent because of actual cannabis use are sadly famous -

although this does not imply a deterioration of the physical capabilities of the person. The swimmer Michael Phelps was suspended three months in 2008 for cannabis use, while the Spanish gymnast GervasioDeferr lost all the titles achieved between October 2002 and January 2003 -

including a gold medal and a world-class one- for the same reason. Despite this, more and more athletes leave the 'cannabis closet' publicly defending the use, both therapeutic and recreational, of marijuana. Here are some of them.

Eugene Monroe, American Football (NFL)

This football tackle has played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He announced his professional retirement at the age of 29, the result of brain traumas due to blows on the field. The pain resulting from the collisions on the lawn and the analgesic effects of marijuana for his organism has led him to demand the decriminalization of antidoping of the plant in his discipline. In recent years he has become a cannabis activist of reference worldwide.

Nate Diaz, Boxing

Floyd Landis, cycling

The American athlete of Mexican origin had already stated publicly that he used marijuana. The most obvious statement, and commented on in the media, was when he vaporized CBD oil during the press conference offered after the UFC 202 combat, an event of mixed martial arts organized by the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas, during which Diaz faced to Diaz McGregor. When asked by a journalist, the boxer replied that it was CBD: "something that makes life a better place," he said.
This cyclist of American origin gave a lot to talk about when, after winning the 2006 Tour de France, the title was snatched when he tested positive for testosterone. Years later, after retiring from professional cycling, he set up a cannabis dispensary in Colorado, a state where the consumption of marihuana is legal since 2000 on a therapeutic level and recreationally since 2012. The clinic run by Landis is Floyd's of Leadville.