The World Anti-Doping Agency has recently announced it won’t test for CBD starting January 2018. Synthetics will still be investigated, but this is an excellent PR move for the good name of CBD. While not all professional sports report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the international reach of the Agency makes this decision into something major.

How does this impact the UFC?

The decision almost immediately impacts the UFC world. While the most open to supplements in the major league sports world, the UFC has treated CBD with kid gloves. The reason being is that if a certain product can help athletes recover to have more fights, then it makes sense from a business standpoint to allow it. But, what does that mean to an international agency trying to set a community standard?

WADA coordinates the fight against drugs in sports

The World Anti-Doping Agency was founded by the International Olympic Committee as a means of coordinating and monitoring the fight against drugs in sports. While it has done good in developing countries, its impact has been mitigated by professionals sports in Europe and North America. The National Football League has gone out of its way to keep WADA out of testing its players. Their point of contention had to deal with WADA wanting to test for HGH.

Fixing the prohibited drugs lists makes things fair

Then, there’s the matter of TUE (therapeutic use exemptions). American Olympians from Simone Biles to Michael Phelps had previously been granted a TUE by WADA. While which nation’s athletes were granted TUEs had been a sore spot for many countries, recent prohibited item changes have been adopted by WADA to solve any claims of bias.

The path forward for CBD using athletes

Going forward, specific sports and events that participate under the IOC and WADA’s guidance will have some leeway under the annually published guidelines. Given the newfound acceptance of CBD by the World Anti-Doping Agency, it’s assumed that the amount of TUEs granted will decrease. But, all sports fans will have to wait and see.