Professional and collegiate sports leagues have very different policies regarding the use of cannabis and cannabis byproducts like CBD. Players are almost universally in favor of removing CBD and medical marijuana from banned substance lists. Some organizations seem inclined to allow CBD use in the near future, while others show no sign of changing their stance. The policies listed below are current at the time of this writing.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA): “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited.” WADA made this historic announcement in September 2017. This statement paves the way for athletes to use CBD instead of opiates to address their issues and inflammation. Still, the agency cautions: “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
National Football League (NFL): The NFL Players Association’s (NFLPA) Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse bans THC at a concentration of 35ng/ml. There is no specific CBD ban, but it is considered a banned substance because it’s a cannabis byproduct. However, the NFL commissioner is open to exploring the medical benefits of CBD for players, and there is hope that it may be allowed by 2020.
National Basketball Association (NBA): Cannabis remains a banned substance in the NBA, and players must undergo quarterly testing. If they exceed the THC threshold of 15ng/ml, they must undergo treatment and repeated testing. Fines and suspensions follow if the player continues to test above the threshold. The NBA is unlikely to allow cannabis use until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Major League Baseball (MLB): MLB seems more concerned about performance-enhancing drugs than cannabis products. Their lenient cannabis policy does not require players to undergo random drug tests. If a player is reasonably suspected of using cannabis, they cannot exceed the THC threshold of 50ng/ml. Failed drug tests usually result in treatment programs and fines up to $35,000 per violation.
National Hockey League (NHL): Cannabis is not on the NHL’s list of banned substances. No action is taken against players who test positive for cannabinoids unless there are very high levels present, in which case they must undergo a medical evaluation.
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA): As of the World Cup championship of 2018, FIFA players are allowed to use CBD. THC is still banned, however, so players must be sure their CBD products have a THC content of 0.3% or lower.
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): College athletes must adhere to one of the strictest anti-cannabis policies in sports. The NCAA’s THC threshold is 5ng/ml, and all “chemically related” substances are “also banned!” (They even include the exclamation mark to drive the point home.) Athletes have been declared ineligible even for using CBD to treat their seizures.
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