UFC fighters will be allowed to use CBD in 2018.
The news comes after WADA announced their updated list of prohibitive substances, which included the removal of CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active cannabinoid in marijuana. CBD is used in several different medical applications and does not include the psychoactivity that THC is known for.
WADA released the following statement on the subject.
“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited. Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”
Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz first brought CBD into the mixed martial arts spotlight.
“The Stockton Slugger” appeared at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference with a vape pen in hand.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said following his controversial majority decision loss to Conor McGregor. “It helps with healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. You want to get this for before or after the fight, in training, to make your life a better place.”
Nate Diaz was issued a “public warning” from USADA, this for admitting that he smoked CBD. The Stockton native would have faced a fine and possible suspension had he tested positive for CBD “in-competition” following his bout with McGregor at UFC 202.
Because USADA follows the standards set by WADA, this means all of the fighters on the UFC roster will be allowed to take advantage of CBD starting January 1, 2018.
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