Olympic Athletes and Marijuana Testing | Policy Changed


Silently, the World Anti-Doping Agency has dropped Marijuana from their banned list of substances. Like cocaine and heroin, weed is banned during competition, but is not prohibited outside of competition. (this is Colorado after all). WADA, or the World Anti-Doping Agency is the agency which oversees drug testing worldwide in Olympic sports. WADA recently changed its rules on marijuana, raising the threshold for a positive test from 15 nano grams per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. What that means is Olympic athletes can smoke weed out of season, and cut down during the season.

WADA Site Still Has Weed As Banned Substance

I did a quick look at the banned substances on the WADA site, and Cannabis is still banned. Maybe it has not been updated yet. S7. NARCOTICS The following are prohibited: Buprenorphine, dextromoramide, diamorphine (heroin), fentanyl and its derivatives, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, pentazocine, pethidine. S8. CANNABINOIDS Natural (e.g. cannabis, hashish, marijuana) or synthetic delta 9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabimimetics (e.g. “Spice”, JWH018, JWH073, HU-210) are prohibited. S9. GLUCOCORTICOSTEROIDS All glucocorticosteroids are prohibited when administered by oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal routes.

Drugs Like Spice Also On WADA list

Interestingly, these new chemically derived weed substitutes like Spice (cannabimimetics) are also on the banned list.


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