CBD oil when properly extracted from the hemp plant is legal in the US. The THC composition in CBD oil obtained from hemp is less than o.3 percent. While THC is known to cause a euphoric high when used, CBD is being studied for its associated medical benefits.

Read on to find out more about what major sports organizations have to say about the use of CBD as captured in their drug related rules and policies.

World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)

In 2017 WADA removed cannabidiol, or CBD, from its list of banned substances. This means that athletes can now use the substance without being afraid of any consequences. However, THC still remains in the list of banned substances. CBD users must be very careful when choosing the best product for use as they do contain trace amounts of THC.

WADA, which was created by the International Olympic Committee, works to bring uniformity to global anti doping rules and policies. In addition to the USADA, the International Paralympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, and International Federations are required to follow WADA’s policies.

In the US, the USADA is actively advocating for the adoption of WADA’s policy on the use of cannabidiol by collegiate and professional sports leagues.


The use of marijuana, to a threshold of 15ng/ml, has been banned in the NBA since 1999. Players in the league are subjected to testing four times a year. Once a player fails a test they must comply with subsequent testing and treatment. A second violation of the rule results in a 25,000USD fine; while subsequent violations result in being banned from playing for five consecutive games in an incremental fashion (i.e., five games for the 3rd violation, ten for the 4th and so on).

It is however believed that the NBA and NBA Players Association may change its stance on the use of medical marijuana, provided that it’s backed by scientific research.


According to the NFL Players Association’s Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse, the use of marijuana up to a 35nl/ml threshold is banned. CBD is also assumed to be banned, as it is a product of cannabis, even though it is not expressly mentioned in the list.


The National Hockey League adopts a different approach to regulating the use of CBD among players. Even though CBD is not included in its list of banned substances, under the NHL Players Association’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, players are still tested for cannabinoids. However, no disciplinary action is taken against players who test positive.


In Major League Baseball, the emphasis of their drug use policy is on performance enhancing drugs, and not marijuana or any other street drug. However, CBD is yet to be removed from its list of banned substances. Although players are not subjected to a random drug test, those found to have exceeded the 50ng/ml threshold face suspension or a fine not exceeding 35,000USD.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association is in charge of regulating more than 1200 organizations, conferences and institutions.

This organization is known to have the strictest marijuana testing threshold. It is important to note that although CBD is not expressly included in the NCAA’s 2017-18 Banned Drugs List, it is assumed to be banned due to its chemical relation to the expressly stated THC.

According to their rules regarding the use of banned substances any substances related to those included in their list, even though not mentioned as an example are also banned.

As you can see from the above, most major sports organizations are yet to draw a distinction between CBD and THC as per their current drug use policies. Read More At www.fast-sports.com