Cannabidiol will be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list starting in 2018, WADA declared Friday. Cannabidiol, most typically referred to as CBD, is a cannabinoid contained in cannabis. At the moment, all cannabinoids are prohibited in-competition by World Anti-Doping Agency.
CBD was delivered to light for MMA fans by Diaz in 2016. Once falling to Conor McGregor by majority call in the main event of UFC 202, Diaz was seen employing a vape pen at the post-fight conference. once asked about it, Diaz said he was vaping CBD.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with the Healing Method And Inflammation, stuff like that, therefore you would like to use these for before and after the fights and training. It will make your life a much better place.”
Cannabidiol, not like fellow cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, doesn’t have mind-altering properties. Instead, it’s used principally for medicative use, to treat pain, anxiety and inflammation.
Diaz was given a public warning by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner because he admitted to the use of cannabinoids in competition. At the time, USADA’s in-competition window ended 6 hours after the fight. That too was changed earlier this year, the UFC and USADA modified the UFC’s anti-doping policy to make sure the in-competition window closes once the post-fight drug check is taken.
If Diaz vaped CBD currently during a post-fight conference, he wouldn’t be flagged by USADA if he had already taken his post-fight drug check. Starting January. 1, Diaz could vape CBD within the pre-fight conference if he wished to, since it will not be prohibited in the least.
“Cannabidiol is not any longer prohibited,” WADA wrote on its web site. “Synthetic cannabidiol isn’t a cannabimimetic; but, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants might also contain varied concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, that remains a prohibited substance.”
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