World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD from Banned Substances List | Marijuana

World Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD from Banned Substances List


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which governs drug testing in the Olympics and sets the standard for anti-doping guidelines in more than 600 sports leagues around the globe, released their updated list of banned substances for 2018.

One entry underwent a major renovation from last year’s edition. Under the Cannabinoids section of the list, the WADA spells out that both natural and synthetic cannabinoids are strictly prohibited from being used in competition — except for CBD.


“WADA is pleased to publish the 2018 Prohibited List,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie. “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders — in particular athletes and their entourage — have sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the document and its modifications,” Reedie continued. “It is vital that all athletes and entourage take the necessary time to consult the List; and that, they contact their respective anti-doping organizations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method.”

This marks a major shift in philosophy for the anti-doping organization, and it will be interesting to watch how many of the organizations that adopt WADA’s rules mirror this new policy on the non-psychoactive component of cannabis found in many products.

In the WADA’s summary of changes made to the banned substances list, the agency states, “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited … However, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”

In recent years, WADA has loosened restrictions on THC, adjusting the allowable amount of THC during competition from 15 to 150 ng/ml. 

About Author

Used to write about music for XXL, Elevator, Complex, Genius, and a few other outlets. Follow @LongLiveTheDuke on Twitter if you'd like to read way fewer words by me.


  1. Now if the DEA and the DOJ just come to their senses and cooperate. But don’t hold your breath, Sessions is still obsessive compulsive about cannabis.
    The fact that the first thing he wanted to go for was the medical cannabis industry speaks volumes.

    • athletes using medical cannabis undermines schedule 1;
      ‘no currently accepted medical use in the united states’..

      that definition is the foundation for [ad sessions’
      obsessive intentions on] federal marijuana law..

      high profile respected american athletes using
      cannabis for sport related joint pain etc,
      self-evidently destroys wrong and outdated
      ‘marijana madness’ level attitudes/beliefs..

  2. Wow!
    “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
    Truly. The other side of the plant will be proven to be so beneficial to so many and it’s great to see this awareness at the WADA.
    It certainly doesn’t cure everything for everyone but it’s unprocessed, natural, it relieves pain and it has done much more for many for decades. No there are no studies because no one could document an “ illegal herb” but 50 years of non clinical data is in. Vets began using weed for PTSD well before any state thought so. The BS is nuts but then again, look around. Whoda thunkit.

Leave A Reply