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The World Anti-Doping Agency ( has removed CBD (Cannabidiol) from its prohibited substances list for 2018 and added synthetic cannabinoids, such as “Spice”, JWH-018, JWH-073 and HU210.

The 2018 Prohibited List cautions athletes that as they are subject to the organization’s testing, and they want to ensure their CBD products are tested and accurately labelled, as THC remains prohibited. Cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may contain varying concentrations of THC. The THC content is dependent on the cannabis strain or variety used in the manufacturing of the CBD product.

The Nevada Athletic Commission and World Anti-Doping Agency’s threshold for THC is 150 nanograms per milliliter of blood.


Extracted from the WADA Code International Standard Prohibited List January 2018
The following cannabinoids are prohibited: • Natural cannabinoids, e.g. cannabis, hashish and marijuana,
• Synthetic cannabinoids e.g. Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabimimetics.
Except: • Cannabidiol


The List is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). It designates which substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition. It also identifies which substances are banned in particular sports.

The List’s annual revision process is led by WADA. Beginning with an initial meeting in January and concluding with the publication of the List in October. This is an extensive 9-month consultation process that includes WADA’s List Expert Group gathering information; circulating a draft List among stakeholders; taking their submissions into consideration and revising the draft; followed by, a review by the Agency’s Health, Medical and Research (HMR) Committee. The HMR Committee then makes it recommendation to the WADA Executive Committee who then approves the List during its September meeting.

For a substance or method to be added to the List it must be determined that it meets two of the following three criteria:

  1. It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance;
  2. It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes; or,
  3. It violates the spirit of the sport.

3rd October 2017