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Can athletes fail a drug test by using CBD?

There are a large number of substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for professional athletes, but what about CBD? In this article, we discuss the legalities of professional athletes using CBD, whether or not it is considered doping, and a few things to consider if athletes choose to use CBD. 

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

If you consume CBD that has the THC remediated, it should not show up on a drug test. Broad Spectrum CBD, or CBD Isolate should not show up on, or fail a standard drug test. However, be careful with Full Spectrum CBD as this does contain up to 0.2% THC, which is tested for in standard drug tests. 

How long is CBD detectable in urine?

On average, CBD stays in the system for 2-5 days. However, there are a variety of factors that influence this, and the timeframe could be longer or shorter based on these factors. 

  • How much CBD you take
  • How often you take CBD
  • You BMI
  • Your diet and lifestyle
  • How you take CBD – method of use. 

Can athletes fail a drug test by using CBD?

It is highly unlikely that an athlete would fail a drug test by using CBD. An athlete will only fail a drug test from taking CBD if it contains THC. This includes both natural and synthetic cannabinoids, and those that mimic the effects of THC. With regular consumption, these trace amounts of natural or synthetic THC could build up and trigger a positive test.

Is CBD considered doping?

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), CBD is not currently a prohibited substance, and is not considered doping. 

However, cannabinoids that contain THC, like cannabis, hashish and marijuana, are  still banned, therefore use of Full Spectrum CBD could be considered doping. Similarly, synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC are also prohibited. 

Be wary of cheaper CBD alternatives

Whilst CBD, in general, is not prohibited in athletic circles, athletes should be wary of unusually cheap CBD that is produced in countries with less strict regulations. These are often mass produced and can be mixed with other substances to cut costs. In some cases, these substances could be prohibited by WADA. 

Full spectrum CBD contains THC

Another thing to be wary of if you’re concerned about drug testing, is that Full Spectrum CBD contains up to 0.2% THC

Benefits of CBD for athletes

Whilst CBD itself has beneficial properties, it is actually the terpene compounds within CBD that are often the MVPs. 

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant, as well as other common everyday plants like fruits and herbs. Different terpenes have different medicinal properties that traditional healers have used for centuries to treat various conditions. These terpenes present benefits to athletes, also. 

Limonene has anti-inflammatory properties

Traditional healers have used limonene for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory properties. For athletes, this poses various benefits to performance, including quicker muscle recovery, and less pain. This could result in fewer rest days and more time to spend on improving their abilities. 

Beta Caryophyllene helps focus and mood

Naturally found in cloves, rosemary, and hops, as well as cannabis, beta caryophyllene has been used  holistically for thousands of years to enhance focus, and improve moods. 

Athletes that use CBD

There are many elite athletes around the world that are outspoken about their use of CBD, and how it benefits them as athletes. Here are just a few of them.

Megan Rapinoe

US Football player, Megan Rapinoe is an enthusiastic advocate of CBD for athletes. She speaks publicly about CBD being a natural, healthy method of maintaining wellbeing whilst training. She has also spoken about changing the narrative surrounding pain management for professional athletes.

James Heskell

Former England rugby player, James Heskell, and his wife, Chloe Madeley, are both very outspoken about the benefits of CBD. They have a YouTube channel where they regularly discuss CBD benefits for athletes and put a large focus on recovery. 

Mike Tyson

Perhaps one of the most famous boxers in history, Mike Tyson is very vocal about the benefits of CBD for athletes. He speaks regularly about using CBD for training, as well as before and after fights. 

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