Cannabis Use In The Olympics


Remember that time that the Olympics first let snowboarders compete and gold medal-winning Ross Rebagliati ended up winning the cliche Olympics by having his title revoked after testing positive for weed?

The contention back in 1998 was that officials considered cannabis a performance-enhancing substance even though the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) didn’t have it on the official Prohibited List. Rebagliati pointed this out and eventually got his medal back

And since then, it’s been a big “no” for Olympic athletes.


The tiny concession is that the Olympics allow for more THC metabolite per mL of blood than other sports. The urine test from an athlete must contain less than 150 nanograms per milliliter of carboxy-THC, a cannabis metabolite.

The NBA is the most stringent (15 ng/mL), followed by the NFL (35 ng/mL), then baseball is fair to middling (50 ng/mL), and the Olympics (150 ng/mL) is considered lenient in comparison. The NHL and CFL are the two prominent leagues that don’t test for cannabis at all.

Interestingly, last year WADA removed its restriction entirely on cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid used widely for its therapeutic properties. “Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,”  WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, although the new rule only took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

And then there’s medicinal marijuana. WADA does allow athletes to apply for therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) that authorize them to use medications on the agency’s prohibited list. The athlete just needs a doctor’s recommendation and details of their treatment regimen.

P.S. These days, Rebagliati is busy building a family and a cannabis brand called Ross Gold.


February 19, 2018

by Parker Wallace

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Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!


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