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World Anti-Doping Agency removes ban on CBD; THC still prohibited

(Cannabist) UFC star Nate Diaz can soon breath a sigh of relief in-between draws from his vape pen. Late last month, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD, an anti-inflammatory compound derived from cannabis, from its 2018 prohibited substances list.

“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, warning, however, that THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that can contribute to euphoric psychoactive effects, remains banned.

“Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC,” WADA said, urging athletes such as Diaz and others to take precautions before imbibing CBD products. Marijuana use remains prohibited and positive tests can result in long suspensions.

The new list will go into effect on Jan. 1. Until then, CBD remains prohibited under the parameters established under the 2017 list.