Outside of competition UFC fighters do not find themselves being tested for cannabis consumption according to the World Anti-Doping Agency code.
However, when it comes time to get in the ring, it's a different thing. The psychoactive component of the plant known as THC that is found in large concentrations in medical cannabis is not allowed to be above certain levels when it comes time for a fighter to get it on.
A multitude of different athletes have shown their support for CBD. CBD has an impressive list of potential health benefits and the added benefit of producing no intoxicating effects.
Unfortunately, though even with all the hype about CBD some people still won't look at the research that points towards whole plant therapy. Some conditions require a full spectrum of phytocannabinoids, not singular, isolated ones.
Athletes like UFC middleweight fighter Elias Theodorou are fighting for phytocannabinoids. Elias suffers from the condition known as bilateral neuropathic pain. To help with this condition a doctor in Canada has prescribed medical cannabis.
The only problem is that when it comes time to get in the ring Elias will have had to stop consuming cannabis for at least a month prior to the fight. He must stop utilizing his medicine in order to perform his career duties.
This worsens his condition and takes away from his ability to perform at an optimum level like other competitors. Elias has been fighting for an exemption to be able to utilize medical cannabis for over 17 months and has no plans on stopping until he wins the fight.
“It’s been an exhausting process, for sure, but it’s a fight that I’m definitely willing to make.” -Elias Theodorou
Cannabis is a medicine. Sadly, it is taking more time than it should to solidify this to professional organizations and corporations. For decades now, it's been okay for athletes to have prescriptions for Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and other painkillers.
Sometimes they even have doctors at the ring or on the field to inject them with these drugs. Yet, should someone effectively choose to safely treat themselves using cannabis they run into issues like Elias Theodorou is facing with the UFC.Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 10:00am 23 days ago
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