3-on-3 Basketball Organization Becomes First U.S. Professional Sports League to Allow CBD Use

Many have waited for one of America's major sports leagues to allow players to use medical marijuana to treat injuries and other conditions. However it's actually a slightly smaller league that's starting the trend.

The BIG3 is a 3-on-3 professional basketball league that features a number of former NBA players. Yesterday the league announced that they will allow players to use cannabidiol (CBD), the compound in marijuana that provides much of its medical benefits. THC, the compound that gets people high, will still be banned.

“Despite many states around the country making efforts to decriminalize or legalize cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally, professional athletes who could benefit medicinally are prevented from doing so by league outdated mandates,’’ BIG3 said in a press release.

The BIG3 is the first professional sports league to allow players to use CBD. The UFC also began allowing athletes to do so this year, but that policy was not made by the UFC itself but rather by the World Anti-Doping Agency who oversees the fighting organization's drug tests. 

Many states allow CBD products to be sold or prescribed even if they do not allow for medical marijuana. Still, professional sports leagues have been resistant to changing their policies as they relate to cannabis, possibly out of fear of retribution from the federal government.

On the bright side, this does mean a lot of older NBA players in the BIG3 may be able to extend their playing careers.

(h/t USA Today)

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A non-profit group of over 150 current and former athletes is calling for marijuana to be removed form the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances list. Medical marijuana legalization is spreading across the US, but most pro-athletes are still prevented from accessing it. That's because most major sports leagues follow drug guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which bans athletes from using cannabis even outside of competition.

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