UKAD issues advisory on cannabidiol (CBD)
With the rise in popularity of cannabidiol (CBD), UK Anti-Doping recently issued an advisory note about the status of CBD within sport and the risks associated with the use of CBD products for athletes.
CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant and has been legally available in the UK. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive substance found in cannabis and has yet to be legalised in the UK. THC is now legally available in California and Canada although legal supplies are 50% more expensive than street supplies in these areas as the registration of manufacturers struggles to keep up with demand.
CBD products can be purchased in the UK as oils, extracts, vape and e-liquids and are not currently listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List. Rowers considering the use of CBD need to exercise extreme caution. CDB should contain less than 0.2% THC however cannabinoids on the Prohibited List do not have a reporting threshold. This means that the detection of even the smallest amount in urine will be considered as an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF).
You can read the full cannabidiol advisory from UK Anti-Doping here.