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CBD is authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Effects of cannabidiol (CBD) and sport: evidence or doping?

Le cannabidiol, or CBD, is renowned for its soothing effects, for both body and soul. Therefore, the question of its interest in the context of sports practice arises. Could it not contribute to the mind of an athlete who is about to serve for the match, to muscle relaxation after a race or to find sleep the day before a final? And optionally, is the taking of CBD authorized by the different sports federations, Anti-doping agency in mind? This is what we explain to you here.

CBD helps relax muscles after exercise
CBD helps relax muscles after exercise

Why combine cannabidiol and sports practice?

- effects of CBD are numerous, and better and better known. Far from being able to detail them all here, let us remember that the current state of scientific research leads us to think that it could be particularly useful in the following situations:

In addition to these definite advantages, CBD does not present side effects notorious known, and is certainly not addicting, unlike THC, another well-known cannabinoid. For athletes, CBD also represents the hope of a alternative to opioid pain relievers, banned for a long time because of the dependence they entail. The interests of CBD in the context of sports therefore seem quite interesting.

A key question then arises for any self-respecting athlete: is it allowed to consume cannabidiol when you are a high level athlete ?

CBD is not a doping product

Without further suspense, let's get right to the point: yes, it is quite authorized to consume CBD as part of the practice of sport, including at the professional level. According to'World Anti-Doping Agency itself, the CBD is not a doping product. The Montreal-based anti-doping foundation goes even further by specifying that “all natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited, except cannabidiol (CBD)”.

The world of professional sport nevertheless continues to make the THC hunt and, to a lesser extent, to other identified cannabinoids, regardless of their proven effects. The cannabinol (CBN) and the cannabigerol (CBG) are thus notably among the cannabinoids explicitly excluded from the list of products authorized in sport.

CBD is authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency
CBD is authorized by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Which CBD products to consume for sport?

As the World Anti-Doping Agency specifies, CBD is the only cannabinoid allowed. It can therefore, in the context of a sports competition, be used only in the form ofisolated. The risk for athletes does not indeed lie in the consumption of CBD, whatever its form (CBD oils, cream and balms then come at the top of the most practical products to use), but in the other ingredients used in the composition of these products.

Indeed, there are many products that allow consumers to benefit from theentourage effect enabled by the presence of other cannabinoids. This is the case in particular oils, but also certain creams and many other by-products. Their mere presence may however be sufficient to make a positive doping control and should therefore be ruled out. The key then is to only buy excellent quality CBD products, the composition of which is precisely indicated. Any product indicating " full spectrum "(All cannabinoids) or" broad spectrum "(All cannabinoids with positive effects) should therefore be banned from the shopping list of athletes.

Smoking cannabis and playing sports: is it compatible?

No. First of all because of thecannabis smoking ban in France, although it is a legal variety. Secondly, because smoke has a direct impact on health, especially on the lungs, which is obviously not recommended, including when you are athletic.

Some varieties of CBD flowers, as the CBD therapy or Remedy have been specially developed for their richness in cannabidiol. However, CBD cannot be considered as a medicine in France, as in most other European countries. It is therefore to be consumed and considered for what it is: a plant rich in active ingredients therefore the many effects can contribute to relaxation, muscle relaxation or sleep seeking. Nor are they strains that can assure their consumers the complete absence of other cannabinoids besides CBD. They cannot therefore be recommended to athletes.

Only CBD isolates are allowed in sports competition
Only CBD isolates are allowed in sports competition

CBD in sports: is it used in practice?

Cannabidiol is therefore a molecule not only useful for athletes, but also authorized by federations. This is good news for many professionals, who are starting to benefit from its effects before and after major competitions. However, the lack of perspective compared to these new products, and the relative difficulty in ensuring their composition, still blows hot and cold in the world of sport, with great convinced, and others who still have some reservations in the face of fear (justified or not) of the doping control.

Among the converts, we find the English rugby players George Kruis and Dominic Day who, in addition to their contribution to the XV de la Rose, together created a business selling CBD oil. An initiative that was imposed on Kruis following the discovery of the anti-inflammatory effects of the product following an operation on the ankle.

The American triathlete Lauren Goss certainly has another opinion on the question since it received, in 2019, a six-month suspension after testing positive for Carboxy-THC. A surprise for the one who would have, according to her statements, only used CBD-rich ointment to treat a musculoskeletal injury. However, no evidence has been provided to confirm his claims.

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