Is CBD Isolate Legal for Professional Athletes?

Failed drug tests can have serious ramifications. If an athlete is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs, it can have a negative impact on their image or even put an end to their career. That is why professional athletes should always be conscious of the substances they consume. With this in mind, we will answer the question of whether CBD isolate is legal for athletes and how CBD can be beneficial for sporting activities.

CBD and sport

The real benefits of CBD for improving athletic performance are still being considered, but some studies have shown that CBD can improve bone health, reduce inflammation, lower anxiety levels, help stay focused, and assist in dealing with insomnia. To learn more, you can check out our article on the possibility of boosting athletic performance with CBD. Also, we have a two-part interview with Ilias Bulaid, current kickboxer and mixed martial artist (part 1 and 2).

What is CBD isolate?

The main difference between CBD isolate and other CBD products is that it only contains cannabidiol. What are some of the other characteristic features of CBD isolate? Well, it has no taste or smell and can be consumed in powder form or mixed with other oils like coconut or hempseed. You can read more about CBD isolate and how it compares to broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products in this article.

WADA’s decision on CBD

The World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA is an international organisation dedicated to research, education, developing anti-doping capacity and monitoring compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. The agency’s role in professional sport is to lead the international movement for doping-free sport. Furthermore, the agency has representatives from the Olympic Movement as well as local authorities.

The most important aspect that we need to emphasize is that WADA does not conduct doping tests. All testing is carried out by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association or VADA. For its part, WADA only provides guidelines and directives. So, VADA is the testing association, but WADA’s guidelines on CBD are what we are interested in.

And what does the agency say about CBD? Well, the CBD compound is not prohibited by WADA, while THC is illegal. Some CBD extracts may still contain very low levels of THC, but even those can run the risk of being detected in drug tests.

Moreover, we would remind you that CBD’s legal status is not favourable in many countries around the world. You can read more about the legal landscape of CBD in Europe here as well as follow our Weekly News Digests to learn more about the latest changes to CBD legislation worldwide.

Final thoughts

If you are a professional athlete and you are unsure of which CBD product to choose, you should definitely opt for CBD isolate as it doesn’t contain any other compounds. If you want to use full-spectrum CBD oil, for example, please keep in mind that there is always a slight risk that THC may be detected in your body, even several days after you last consumed it. Let us also remind you that more research is still needed on the real benefits of CBD on athletic performance. And lastly, don’t forget to check your local CBD legislation.

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