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List of banned substances for 2018

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released a list of prohibited substances which will go into effect on 1 January 2018.

The list designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition; and, which substances are banned in particular sports.

According to WADA President Craig Reedie the list is released ahead of it taking effect so that athletes can familiarise themselves with the document and its modifications.

“It is vital that all athletes and entourage take the necessary time to consult the list; and that they contact their respective anti-doping organisations if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method.”

For a substance to be added to WADA’s list, it must be determined that it meets two of the following three criteria:

  • It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance.
  • It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes.
  • It violates the spirit of sport.

As of January 2018 cannabidiol (CBD), an anti-inflammatory compound derived from cannabis, will no longer be considered a banned substance by WADA. CBD is commonly used as a sleeping aid, pain reliever, muscle relaxant, an antioxidant and for anti-inflammatory purposes.

“Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” WADA stated on its website. “Synthetic cannabidiol is not a cannabimimetic; however, cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.”

THC is a chemical compound in cannabis that can contribute to euphoric psychoactive effects.

WADA’s decision will allow athletes to use cannabis-based products as part of their training and recovery regimens. Marijuana use remains on the list and positive tests can result in long suspensions. Isolating CBD specifically eliminates the euphoric high commonly associated with marijuana use.

The new list released by WADA includes performance enhancing substances such as androsterone and testosterone, nandrolone, growth hormone, epinephrine, and cortisone. Check out the list at https://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/prohibited_list_2018_en.pdf

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