CBD (cannabidiol) is taking over the world’s market for natural wellness remedies. It has been suggested that CBD could be used to benefit a number of different issues and help maintain and support an active lifestyle. However, with so much growing support for the use of CBD for athletes, there’s fear of CBD and drug testing, especially in the sporting world.
Drugs tests don’t tend to test for CBD specifically, so if you are taking a 100% CBD product you shouldn’t have much to worry about. CBD for athletes has recently been cleared by the World Anti Doping Association for use in sports (Jan 2018).
Drugs tests don’t tend to test for cannabidol (CBD) specifically. What they do test for is another phytocannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (thc).
CBD came off the World Anti Doping Agency banned substance list and is legal for athletes to use in sports as of January 2018. thc did not.
thc is a compound that that is extracted along with CBD (in trace levels) that is regulated. It is the psychoactive compound of cannabis that causes you to ‘get high’ and is banned in most sports and work testing programmes.
thc (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound of cannabis that causes you to get high and is banned in most sports and work testing programmes.
Still, within the CBD market, there is a lot of grey areas when it comes to the thc content within a CBD product.
By law, all CBD has to be 0.2% thc (or below) in the UK and 0.3% thc in the US. Any reputable brand will be well within these limits and will be able to provide test certificates to prove this. Many people believe that the CBD they consume is thc free, but this always depends on where they source their CBD products from and what CBD product they buy.
To avoid issues with CBD and drug testing in the uk, for example, an athlete failing a drugs test, you need to avoid buying CBD from an unreliable producer. This often goes hand-in-hand with buying cheap, low-quality CBD products.
Always make sure that your CBD is pure and thc-free by getting your products from a verified reputable source.
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