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WADA Removes CBD from 2018 List of Banned Substances.

In a significant development for professional athletes around the world, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has decided to remove CBD from its 2018 list of banned substances.

 Cannabidiol, or CBD, has earned a special place in the gym bags of sports athletes everywhere, thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Until now, competitors on the world stage had to choose between pushing through the pain or an easy recovery aided by CBD, although the latter could see them banned from the sport altogether.

 The decision to lift the ban has encouraged professionals across all sports to publicly praise CBD and its benefits, including former NFL star Ricky Williams, ultra runner Avery Collins, and UFC fighter Nate Diaz.“It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that,” Diaz told the media after a fight. “So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

After a row with the UFC and the US Anti-Doping Agency over his public CBD use, Diaz has become a powerful advocate for the substance.

 

Sports superstars are not the only ones finding relief in CBD. Anyone who frequents shops selling fitness or health and wellness products is well aware of the cannabinoid’s popularity as a post-workout supplement.

 And there are options - so many options it’s becoming difficult to keep up with them all. CBD oil tinctures, CBD crystals, CBD skincare products, and CBD-infused edibles are all common products on the rapidly expanding market.

 However, there are a number of fitness-focused CBD products like massage oils and anti-inflammatory creams that target soreness and speed up recovery times between injuries. But is there science behind these popular supplements’ efficacy?

‘Frontiers in Neurology’ published a review in March 2018 that discovered CBD proved to be an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis patients. Participants who supplemented their medication regimes with CBD experienced relief from chronic pain and improved mobility due to the cannabinoid’s anti-inflammatory effects.

 The WADA is finally acknowledging that these benefits translate to professional athletes that struggle with painful injuries. Such a step taken by an international organisation is yet another falling domino in the legitimisation of CBD as a beneficial medicinal substance.