As cannabis laws continue to change globally, we are starting to see a ripple translate into the sporting world. In an amazing turn in events the UFC announced earlier this year, it will no longer consider positive cannabis tests a violation, making cannabis “OK” and an option for in -competition athletes. However the UFChas noted athletes could receive punishment if additional evidence exists that an athlete used it intentionally for performance-enhancing purposes.
“While we want to continue to prevent athletes from competing under the influence of marijuana, and we have learned that urinary levels of carboxy-THC are high variable after out-of-competition use and have poor scientific correlation to in-competition use and have poor scientific correlation to in-competition impairment. THC is a fat soluble, meaning that once ingested, it is stored in fatty issues and organs int he body and can be release back into the circulation and consequently carboxy-THC appears in the urine, sometimes long after ingestion. It is therefore not an ideal marker in athletes to indicate in-competition impairment.” – SR VP Jeff Novitzky
Today athletes from all sports are looking to Cannabis to help recovery, relief anxiety, sleep, inflammation and more. Join the Sports Cannabis movement and use your voice to Break the Stigma and normalize the conversation around Sports Cannabis.