Half-Step Forward for Athletes: WADA Allows CBD Starting in 2018

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently released its 2018 "List of Prohibited Substances and Methods" with a new exception for the use of CBD. WADA governs which substances are approved and banned for the Olympics and sports organizations worldwide, so this is progress for athletes.

However, this progress is limited - the new rules still explicitly ban whole-plant marijuana and THC, allowing for CBD isolate only. This is regrettable because THC is also medicinal, and THC and CBD together produce greater beneficial effects than either on its own. 

Whole-plant cannabis products offer a wider spectrum of therapeutic effects than isolates because of the synergy ("entourage effect") of cannabinoids, terpenes, and many other compounds. Cannabis is incredibly complex and its components have interdependent effects.

Don't fall into the trap of promoting CBD at the expense of THC; they are better together.