Cannabis & the Tokyo Olympics
The first to report the sensational news that USA Track star Sha’Carri Richardson had tested positive for a banned substance was Jamaican Newspaper, The Gleaner.
It was reported that she was tested at the USA trials and may, depending on when the offense happened and the justification she provides, be banned from this years Tokyo Olympics.
But there is much more to this story; The New York Times picked up the story and the banned substance was revealed to be Cannabis.
Please Note: AccessKaneh still finds it wrong that the New York Times, such an opinion leader, is still using the racist pejorative term, “Marijuana.” The correct factual term is “Cannabis” as most news outlets have used.
The Guardian also stated that, “Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) but if athletes can prove that their ingestion of the substance was unrelated to sports performance, then a suspension of three months rather than the usual four years is imposed…” World Anti-Doping Agency
This is correct up to a point but detail is everything in Medical Cannabis!
The important thing to note is if Sha’Carri Richardson had just asked AccessKaneh she would have been OK to compete in the Olympics.
Cannabis is banned in most professional sports, but one of the main cannabinoids of cannabis — Cannabidiol or CBD as it is commonly referred — is NOT! Many sports people are using CBD, such as Boxers, MMA contenders, and Rugby players to fight inflammation and recover faster; part of the reason why WADA removed it from the controlled list.
Ms. Richardson tweet after the result was made public was so succinct. It said a great deal about how high-performance athletes are having to find stress relief. It is said that the NFL, NBA & NHL are all looking to remove Cannabis from their banned substances list because the combination of CBD and THC is more effective in training and recovery.
Watch this space for Olympics 2024 updates.
Where Cannabis may be a recovery aid!