CBD Allowed at 2018 World Cup
Breakthrough: Russia Tournament First to Allow CBD for Athletes
The World Cup in Russia is already underway, and there have been a number of surprises in the early group games – the hometown Russia team opened the tournament with a solid 5-0 performance against Saudi Arabia, Mexico upset reigning champions Germany, and Euro 2016 darlings Iceland earned a surprise draw against the star-studded Argentina squad.
Of course, leading up to the tournament, there was a lot of fuss about which nations weren’t going to appear – perennial powerhouses such as Nederlands and Italy; the most recent winners of the Copa America and Africa Cup of Champions, Chile and Cameroon, respectively; and the USA, who failed to qualify for the first time since 1990.
Despite these rather large absences from the World Cup, there is one very surprising, very inspiring inclusion – CBD.
CBD Arrives On World Stage
Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is one of over 100 organic compounds derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike it’s more famous cousin THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties, but due to the fact that both of these cannabinoids are extracted from the same plant, CBD has long been misunderstood and mislabeled.
In fact, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CBD has “multiple pharmacological actions, including anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiemetic and anti-inflammatory properties.” The NCBI also reports that, unlike most other medications, “chronic use and high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.” While the jury is still deliberating on the precise benefits and implications of CBD for medical purposes, many positive results have been reported, and since it has no serious or long-term side effects, people have been pushing to legalize the helpful compound for quite some time.
Recently, CBD has risen in popularity due to its many mental and physical therapeutic properties, and as a result, it boasts a diverse group of supporters: from senior citizens seeking respite from chronic pain and arthritis, to mothers treating children with severe seizures, to veterans desperate for help dealing with symptoms of PTSD. There is a wide spectrum of CBD proponents, and the common thread among them seems to be, “Why is this still taboo, or in some places, illegal? It’s great – try it and see!”
Athletes Find Relief in CBD
Among its chief advocates are a group we wouldn’t often think of when asked to name demographics of people dealing with heavy mental or physical tolls – professional athletes.
That’s right, NFL players suffering from CTE, NBA players recovering from injury, and even triatheletes have been very vocal about the positive effects they feel with CBD, and how they prefer the natural and effective option to the addictive and harmful prescription meds that have become so normal for so many people. A growing number of athletes are ditching their pain meds for the relief CBD provides.
Fortunately, the tides of opinion are changing and CBD is seeing more and more acceptance – in fact, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently removed Cannabidiol from it’s list of banned substances:
What does that mean? That the World Cup in Russia is the first global sporting event in which athletes can enjoy the healing properties of CBD without fear of consequence. All of this on the heels of the first NFL and medical cannabis conference not long ago. Athletes can breathe a sigh of relief – the tide is turning when it comes to CBD and sports. Finally.