Alcohol & Cannabidiol Removed from World Anti Doping Agency 2018 Prohibited Substances List for Human Athletes

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PARIS, Oct. 1, 2017–Alcohol and cannabidiol, a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, have been removed from the list of prohibited substances for human athletes administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

WADA’s Executive Committee approved the changes three months before they take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Alcohol has been banned in four sports–air, automobile, archery and power boating.

Cannabidiol was also removed from the prohibited list, unless it contains THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Meldonium, a heart medication that led to the banning of a number of athletes including tennis star Maria Sharapova when it was added to the list, remains for 2018. WADA admitted after it was added that more research was required to ascertain how long the substance should remain in the human body

The substance bemitil has been added to the WADA monitoring list in and out of competition, while the opioid pain killer hydrocodone will be monitored in competition.

Mitragynine and telmisartan were removed from the monitoring list but caffeine, nicotine, tramadol, glucocorticoids, and beta-2-agonists continue to be assessed.