UFC, USADA reveal cannabis positive no longer a violation under new anti-doping changes

UFC, USADA reveal cannabis positive no longer a violation under new anti-doping changes

UFC on Thursday revealed numerous significant modifications to its Anti-Doping Policy, consisting of adjustments in the handling of marijuana and its naturally taking place cannabinoid constituents.

Most significantly, positive tests over the limit and decision limitation for carboxy-THC, the psychedelic active ingredient in marijuana, will no longer be thought about a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, unless extra evidence exists that a professional athlete utilized it intentionally for performance-enhancing purposes.

All other “phyto” cannabinoids (those obtained naturally from the cannabis plant) are no longer forbidden substances under the Policy.

” While we wish to continue to avoid athletes from completing under the influence of marijuana, and we have actually discovered that urinary levels of carboxy-THC are highly variable after out-of-competition usage and have poor clinical correlation to in-competition problems,” stated Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior Citizen Vice President of Professional Athlete Health and Efficiency. “THC is fat soluble, implying that when ingested, it is kept in fatty tissues and organs in the body and can be released back into the flow, and as a result carboxy-THC appears in the urine, often long after ingestion. It is therefore not an ideal marker in professional athletes to suggest in-competition impairment.”

Added Novitzky: “The bottom line is that in regard to cannabis, we appreciate what an athlete consumed the day of a fight, not days or weeks before a battle, which has often held true in our historic favorable THC cases. UFC Athletes will still undergo marijuana rules under different Athletic Commission guidelines, but we hope this is a start to a broader conversation and modifications on this concern with that group.”

” The goal of the UFC Anti-Doping program is to safeguard the rights of clean professional athlete’s by preventing intentional cheaters and holding those who select to dope responsible in a reasonable and efficient way. These modified guidelines are focused on this and to continue our concentrate on preventing intentional cheating and not to needlessly punish athletes for behavior that does not impact the fairness or security of competitors.”

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart

As an example of the intricacies in establishing disability after cannabis usage, a July 2017 report on marijuana-impaired driving from the U.S. Department of Transport to Congress highlighted the special properties of THC and the truth that while blood levels are typically utilized as a step of disability, there is not an absolute correlation to cognitive problems. Research study continues into understanding what drug testing procedure most properly and least invasively could establish impairment caused by marijuana.

Furthermore, the UFC removed all other “phyto” cannabinoids that exist in the marijuana plant, from the UFC Prohibited List. These cannabinoids are typically found in numerous CBD items utilized commonly by UFC athletes, and no evidence exists that they would offer any substantial efficiency advantage, the labs do not test for these substances, nor have any health and safety consequences for contending UFC athletes.

In another modification to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Informed Option has actually been added as an approved dietary supplement certifier, supplying UFC professional athletes with an extra 400 accredited dietary supplement products considered to be safe and safeguarded.

All UFC professional athletes are directed to use only those supplements licensed by among the following recognized certification firms:

  1. NSF Certified For Sport
  2. Kolner Liste (Perfume List)
  3. Educated Sport
  4. HASTA (Human and Supplement Testing Australia)
  5. BSCG (Banned Substance Control Group)
  6. Educated Option

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Absent other evidence of deliberate doping, where a professional athlete’s positive sample is brought on by either a certified supplement or other environmental contamination (such as food, water or prescription medication), the athlete will not be approved under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.

Added Hunter Campbell, UFC Chief Company Officer, “This is the third modification we have made to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy because its launch in July of2015 It is another example that this is a living and breathing file that will continue to evolve and adapt when clear science supports changes that can further secure UFC professional athletes that compete in the Octagon.”


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