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Is the use of cannabis based medicine considered doping?

Is the use of cannabis based medicine considered doping?

Since 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has announced CBD is no longer considered doping. This determination makes it possible for the substance – derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, commonly known as marijuana – to be utilized freely in the making of medicine used for muscular recovery and minimizing inflammation, recurrent in sports training.

Previously, people who would use the CBD oil, would avoid continuing the treatment around the time of championships and competitions. However, medicinal cannabis has a safer preparation than other painkillers, mainly opioid based ones which cause addiction.

An important fact to be pointed out is that the endocannabinoid system we have is involved in the process of reward brought by exercises. Thus, scientists believe that the usage of external cannabinoids, in this case marijuana, can have variable effects on motivation to exercise. Some could potentialize and others inhibit the motivational effects. 

As we are approaching the Japan Olympics, it’s interesting to highlight that cannabinoids can be utilized without restriction, although the WADA stresses that some formulations based on cannabis extracts may contain traits of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a narcotic substance which is still prohibited by the agency.