The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to remove cannabidiol (CBD) from its list of controlled substances. The change will take effect in January 2018.
Moving forward, the agency urges athletes to take necessary precautions, like ensuring that the banned substance, THC, is not present in their CBD products, reports The Washington Post.
In a statement, WADA said, “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC.”
UFC fighter Nate Diaz said, “It’s CBD. 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 place.”
Dr. David Bearman, a pain management specialist, stated that, “CBD is a powerful anti-epileptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative.”