Sports organizations have long taken an anti drug stance. Part of this is for societal reasons, to help discourage viewers and fans of the sports to take up drugs. And the other part has traditionally been for reasons of performance; to help discourage athletes from seeking artificial advantages that some drugs might offer.
BIG3 is a professional basketball league founded by Ice Cube. It has recently announced athletes participating in BIG3 events will no longer be banned from using cannabidiol. Commonly known as CBD or CBD oil, cannabidiol is an element of cannabis that is being discovered by doctors and medical researchers to offer an increasing range of therapeutic benefits. Unlike THC, which is the familiar stoner “high” aspect of cannabis, CBD can be surprisingly effect in helping those who use it to deal with not just mental difficulties like stress and anxiety, but also help to moderate pain and inflammation in the body.
While the more high profile professional sports leagues, such as the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, have not yet endorsed CBD use, BIG3’s action might be the first crack in the wall. As BIG3 and its participants move forward with CBD being on the okay list right next to traditional medications such as pain relievers and anti-depressants, we might well see one of these big sports organizations joining BIG3 in permitting CBD’s use.
A crack in the wall of no drugs in sports. BIG3 league okays CBD use by players. #HealthStatus
- 1BIG3 is the first professional sports league in the United States to allow athletes to use cannabidiol.
- 2Cannabidoil is commonly referred to as (CBD) and is the nonpsychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
- 3Several leagues have a progressive to lenient policy toward cannabis use, including the National Footbal League.