The controlling arm of mixed martial arts (MMA) is finally starting to loosen its grip, as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced this past Friday (Sept. 29, 2017) that Cannabidiol will be removed from the prohibited list starting in 2018.
To check out WADA’s Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes click here.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. Before Friday’s revelation, WADA prohibited CBD during in-competition.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA wrote in an official statement on its website. “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
Fight fans may remember Nate Diaz and his vape pen episode last year. Diaz raised many eyebrows, specifically those attached to the heads of WADA and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), when he openly smoked a vape pen containing CBD oil during UFC 202’s post-fight press conference after losing his rematch to Conor McGregor.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said at that time. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
Now that CBD will no longer be prohibited beginning Jan. 1 of next year, fighters like Diaz will be able to reap the benefits of the cannabis derivative without “the man” breathing down their necks.