Since CBD is extracted from hemp, a type of cannabis plant, some people are concerned that it may be caught by doping tests at international competitions.
As it turns out, CBD is not an illegal drug and is not on the list of banned substances in doping tests. It is a safe ingredient for athletes and sportsmen to use.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which is the standard by which international competitions such as the Olympics are measured, removed CBD from the banned substance list in 2018.
2018 was the year that the ban on the use of industrial hemp was lifted in the U.S. and CBD exploded onto the market; the nationwide recognition of CBD’s safety may have prompted WADA to change its standards.
About Doping Tests and Cannabinoids
The WADA list of banned substances can be briefly divided into two main categories
There are two main types of drugs banned by WADA.
1. Ingredients that are not allowed to be used in daily life 2. Ingredients that are banned only during competitions
* CBD is an “available ingredient” that does not belong to either of these categories.
CBD is an “available ingredient” that does not belong to either of the above categories. There are drugs that athletes who are going to be tested for doping should not use at all in their daily lives, and drugs that should only be used during certain periods of time during competitions.
And all the cannabinoids extracted from hemp fall under the second category of the prohibited drugs list.
In other words, cannabinoids extracted from hemp are classified as second on the list of prohibited drugs, meaning that they should not be used during the competition, but can be used in daily life.
So THC, which is considered illegal in Japan, is allowed to be used except during competitions according to the doping test standards.
In fact, the criteria for the banned substance list for cannabinoids has tended to loosen in recent years.
Until 2018, even CBD was on the banned substance list, but with the global market and medical marijuana becoming more prevalent, the move shows that WADA has reaffirmed its safety, effectiveness, and necessity for athletes.
Cautions for using CBD in Tokyo Olympics 2021
During the Tokyo Olympics, it is generally safe for athletes to use Isolate CBD. This is because the Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum contain cannabinoids other than CBD, and are therefore prohibited during the Games.
However, in the case of the Tokyo Olympics, there is one more point to keep in mind.
That is where the CBD is extracted.
In Japan, anything other than CBD extracted from hemp stalks and seeds is considered an illegal drug.
In other words, CBD products extracted from hemp leaves and flowers are illegal to bring into the country, even if they are made using the isolate method.
In international competitions, it is necessary to check the doping tests and also to understand the laws of each country.
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