Athletes required to submit drug tests to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will soon be allowed to medicate with a specific type of cannabis.
WADA recently announced the removal of cannabidiol (CBD) from its upcoming list of substances banned from competitive use, reports the Washington Post.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, but also warning that “cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in certain strains of marijuana, and can be used for several medical conditions. A group of former NFL players have called for the league to study CBD as an anti-inflammatory that could possibly heal and prevent brain injuries. UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz have also been outspoken supporters of CBD treatment.
“It’s CBD,” said Nate at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better…