The Big3, a 3-on-3-basketball league made up mostly of former NBA players, has become the first U.S. pro sports league to permit the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for its players.
Unlike tetrahydrocanabinol (THC), CBD oils are not psychoactive. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of banned substances earlier this year.
The Big3, whose season is underway, says that the decision will go into effect immediately. Big3 athletes will be able to use CBD for pain management and recovery as the compound is well-known as a anti-inflammatory.
“More than a dozen countries, including Canada and Israel, have approved CBD-based medications for both professional athletes and consumers,’’ the BIG3 said. “In the U.S., the shift is beginning to happen as the medication is not only used for pain management, but preferred over the powerfully addictive opioids and pain-relief drugs that are often the only other option.’’
Players such as Al Harrington, ex NBA player and a co-captain for one of the teams in the Big3, has been a vocal supporter for both medical marijuana and CBD for athletes. His company Viola is a nationwide leader in the production and sale of premium quality cannabis products.
And it’s not just ex-NBA players that are coming out in support. It is widely known that current NFL and NBA players use marijuana to deal with the injuries, pain management, and recovery that come with being a professional athlete. Budding superstars like Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves believe that it should be removed from their banned substances list.
Ex-NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver have both shown interest in medical marijuana and CBD oil for pain management and recovery – a good sign for athletes and CBD product companies alike.