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What Does CBD’s Widespread Legalization Means for Sports?
The week of December 11, 2018, was monumental for the world of professional sports. The President signed into law the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. Athletes have been using CBD for years, but now they can finally be open about it. Keep reading to learn what CBD’s widespread legalization means for sports.
Benefits of CBD in Sports
There are numerous benefits of CBD being used in sports. This is particularly true in high-contact sports such as mixed martial arts, lacrosse, hockey, and football. Cannabidiol acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotectant. It is much safer and more effective than traditional pharmaceuticals, especially prescription medications.
Is it Currently Legal?
The Farm Bill legalized the growing of hemp which paved the way for the wholly legal cultivation, possession, sale, and distribution of the hemp plant. Currently, hemp is defined as cannabis sativa which contains less than 0.3% THC. Even though CBD is still illegal, in September 2018, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) took a large step in the legalization of cannabidiol. They approved Epidiolex, a drug comprising CBD for the purpose of significantly reducing seizures. It is also sold as Sativex with THC.
The 2019 Farm Bill allows states and Indian tribes the authority to limit and regulate the sale and production of hemp and its derivatives within their borders. However, they lack the authority to limit the shipment or transportation of hemp and its derivatives through their respective territories.
In 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed cannabidiol from its list of banned substances. This freed up Olympic athletes to use the cannabinoid at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Since then, there has been a significant surge in products targeted at athletes. WADA is the governing body that oversees drug testing before and during the Olympics and is the benchmark for anti-doping guidelines in over 600 sports leagues around the world.
What Does it Mean for Sports?
Right now, CBD’s widespread legalization does not mean a lot for sports. After this win for the industry, there are still some hurdles to overcome, such as the DEA re-scheduling the plant. However, it is a massive step in the right direction. Despite the WADA removing CBD from its banned list, it is still against regulations in certain sports leagues such as the NFL. This is because the owners of the teams and regulators are nervous about allowing their players to consume something that is still federally illegal.
Looking to the Future
The DEA is being forced to consider changing the current drug schedule classifications now that hemp can be grown legally in the United States. This will likely mean CBD will be rescheduled or removed as a scheduled drug. Once the federal government legalizes CBD, more sports leagues, including the NFL, will feel more comfortable allowing players to use CBD oil which will lead to healthier and happier athletes.
The future for CBD marketed towards athletes is bright. U.S. retail sales of hemp and hemp products reached $820 million in 2017. It is projected to be a billion dollar industry by 2020. With massive strides being made to legalize hemp, we will likely see an explosion of sports drinks, energy bars and nutritional supplements containing CBD oil.
In the past year alone, there have been many massive strides made in the legalization of CBD, and the FDA is currently running clinical trials for more applications of CBD oil. Growing hemp with no more than 0.3% THC is now legal. Furthermore, the WADA removed it from its 2018 banned substance list allowing it to be used in the winter Olympics. For more information on how CBD’s widespread legalization will affect sports around the world, or to order 100% all natural CBD hemp oil grown in Colorado, contact us today. Our CBD hemp oil does not cause a high and improves everything from performance to recovery with no side effects.
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