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CBD & Professional Sport: Will I Pass A Drug Test?

If you are a professional sportsperson and you use CBD products, could it jeopardise your career? Athletes are expected to participate in matches, events, and competitions without resorting to using performance-enhancing drugs to ensure a level playing field for all, which means drug testing occurs regularly in the sporting world.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is clear on which substances are prohibited while competitions are taking place. S8 refers to cannabinoids and at first glance, appears to ban everything associated with them. However, the exception is cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. This cannabis-derived chemical compound is legal, and can provide you with a sense of calm and therapeutic relief as you prepare to compete in the sporting world.

In this article, we will explain whether CBD would show up in a drug test, and will explore the various factors you should be aware of if you are considering using cannabidiol while taking part in a professional sport.

CBD can be found in three main types: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. However, before we explain those, it is vital that we do not confuse cannabidiol with tetrahydrocannabinol. Otherwise known as THC, the latter is the main psychoactive component of cannabis, which produces a euphoric ‘high’ sensation and is illegal in the UK. This high does not occur when taking cannabidiol (CBD).

Full-Spectrum CBD refers to CBD products that contain all of the compounds found in the hemp plant, including THC, but doesn’t contain enough THC to get you high. In the UK, CBD products should not have a THC content higher than 0.2%. . If a CBD user is concerned about the potential outcome of a sporting drug test, they would be right to question which product is safest to use.

Broad-Spectrum CBD includes a full range of other cannabinoids, but does not contain CBD.  This is a better option for those who want to experience the benefits of CBD, without the risk of consuming THC. 

CBD isolate also doesn’t contain any THC. However, isolate CBD is 99% cannabidiol, meaning it does not contain the other compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils,  and is much less effective than full and broad-spectrum products.

The Different Types of CBD

This is a tough question to answer because it’s difficult to provide a definitive answer. It all depends on how often the product is used. If an athlete took CBD oil containing trace amounts of THC on a regular basis, that might lead to a build-up that could potentially trigger a positive drug test. However, a single test taken after a few drops of full-spectrum CBD oil is highly unlikely to lead to a positive result – such an outcome would be exceptionally rare.

However, with so much at stake for professional sportspeople, it would be sensible to use products without any THC in, such as broad-spectrum CBD oil. With that being said, there is so little THC in full-spectrum CBD that you would never experience any of the psychoactive effects.

People who wish to take CBD products need not be concerned about getting high since this cannabinoid derived from a different part of the plant. However, professional athletes must ensure they choose a reliable and trustworthy CBD brand to buy their products from to eliminate the risk of a positive drug test.

Since a positive drug test result would ruin a sporting career, it is vital to ensure you can find a trusted CBD brand that will not make you susceptible to this risk. Choosing broad-spectrum CBD oil would most certainly put your mind to rest about passing a drug test. We hope this article has assisted you in understanding the type of CBD that you may wish to consider using if desired.

Need additional help? Take our CBD Quiz for product recommendations in minutes, or read our full guides on How to Choose the Right CBD Product and The Different Types of CBD

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