It is well known that anti-doping tests are carried out whenever there is a major event involving numerous athletes or when necessary to define whether an individual is using drugs and other substances.
Thus, the person responsible for accusing illegal drug use and the use of substances that result in better performance during competitions, such as the Olympics.
As a result, there are consequences when the anti-doping test arrives, in the case of athletes, it causes disqualification in the competition and compromises the career and, more importantly, health.
However, we are here to talk mainly about the anti-doping relationship with our beloved greenback, cannabis. Do doping tests accuse marijuana?
Is Marijuana Anti-Doping?
In short, marijuana as a herb appears in doping tests in sports, however CBD is not present when the test is performed.
This is because CBD is not considered by ANVISA to be a drug, but is also accepted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Unlike THC , which accuses the doping test.
However, the doping test can detect the presence of marijuana in the urine up to 15 days after the last joint.
On the other hand, in regular users, the test can be positive even if the last beck was consumed 30 days before collection for testing.
Why is CBD not considered doping?
The CBD does not have hallucinogenic properties and, moreover, is used in various medicines as a form of treatment and can bring benefits:
- Muscle aches;
- And other situations.
Incidentally, Nate Diaz , an American MMA fighter, spoke out about taking the substance after a UFC fight in which he was approached by an interviewer, claiming that CBD can make life better.
Anti-Doping in Sport
Without a doubt, the first time anyone hears about anti-doping is when there is a relationship with sport. This is due to the high number of athletes who use prohibited substances to improve performance and control weight.
On the other hand, anti-doping tests have been very effective in identifying any types of substances or drugs that athletes consume, keeping many of them out of competition.
Anti-doping at the Olympics
The most famous cases of doping tests that were positive in the history of the sport :
- Daiane dos Santos – Gymnast and Olympic Medalist, suspended for 5 months;
- Rebeca Gusmão – Swimmer and Medalist of the Pan American Games, banned from competitions by the International Swimming Federation;
- Ben Johnson – Runner and Medalist, suspended for 2 years;
- Marion Jones – Sprinter and Medalist, serving time for 6 months as a punishment for lying during the trial in the case of steroids;
- Lance Armstrong – Cyclist, banned from sport after confessing the use of countless substances and encouraging other athletes to use it too.
In fact, most of the athletes mentioned above lost titles and returned their medals. In the case of Armstrong, it was necessary to deal even with sponsor cases.
On the other hand, there were no suspensions due to the presence of marijuana in the urine, the substances used compromised the athletes’ health and represented a risk to their lives, such as:
- Anaphylactic shock;
- Aggressive behavior;
- Cardiac arrhythmia;