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Is CBD legal? What Athletes need to know about the rules around CBD.

Is CBD legal? Mostly – as long as it is derived from hemp (like ours), it is federally legal in the United States and in 2018 the World Anti-Doping Agency updated their rules, permitting the use of CBD (Cannabidiol).

THC, however, still remains prohibited. Federal regulations restrict THC content in hemp-derived products to 0.3% and some sports organizations completely prohibit THC, so our THC-Free tincture is an especially great product for those athletes participating in officially regulated competitions.

Most sports organizations follow the WADA rules, so you should be in the clear to incorporate CBD with your training. However, while it’s completely legal to use hemp-derived products with up to 0.3% THC content throughout the United States, WADA rules prohibit any amount of THC found in athletes from testing. Furthermore, specific leagues–such as the NFL–have yet to remove their prohibition on CBD despite its benign (we’d argue potentially beneficial) effects. And to complicate matters even more, some organizations have stopped testing for cannabis altogether, leaving a gray area where CBD supplements are actively supported, but also not prohibited.

To make it easier to follow, we’ve organized the following comprehensive chart by state, sport, and organization so that you can take CBD with certainty.

State

State Legal? Restrictions you should be aware of
Alabama Yes None
Alaska Yes None
Arizona Yes None
Arkansas Yes None
California Yes Not in food/beverage
Colorado Yes None
Connecticut Yes None
Delaware Yes None
Florida Yes None
Georgia Yes Not in food/beverage
Hawaii Yes Requires a prescription (we do not ship to Hawaii)
Idaho Yes/No You can not purchase anything with THC, however our Broad-Spectrum tincture may be allowed
Illinois Yes None
Indiana Yes None
Iowa Yes Requires a prescription (we do not ship to Iowa)
Kansas Yes None
Kentucky Yes None
Louisiana Yes You can not purchase anything with THC, however our Broad-Spectrum tincture may be allowed
Maine Yes None
Massachusetts Yes Not in food/beverage
Michigan Yes None
Minnesota Yes None
Mississippi Yes Requires a prescription (we do not ship to Mississippi)
Missouri Yes Requires a prescription (we do not ship to Missouri)
Montana Yes None
Nebraska Yes None
Nevada Yes None
New Hampshire Yes Not in food/beverage
New Jersey Yes None
New Mexico Yes None
New York Yes Not in food/beverage
North Carolina Yes Not in food/beverage
North Dakota Yes None
Ohio Yes None
Oklahoma Yes None
Oregon Yes None
Pennsylvania Yes None
Rhode Island Yes None
South Carolina Yes Not in food/beverage
South Dakota No We do not ship to South Dakota
Tennesee Yes None
Texas Yes You can not purchase anything with THC, however our Broad-Spectrum tincture may be allowed
Utah Yes None
Vermont Yes None
Virginia Yes None
Washington Yes None
West Virginia Yes None
Wisconsin Yes Your physician should certify it is used to treat a medical condition
Wyoming Yes None

General/College

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Likely to be allowed- Follows WADA Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited

Baseball

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
MLB (Major League Baseball) Allowed Allowed Allowed
MiLB (Minor League Baseball) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Unlikely to be allowed

Football

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
NFL (National Football League) Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited Prohibited
AFL (Arena Football League) Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed
IFL (Indoor Football League) Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed
CIF (Champions Indoor Football) Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed
National Arena League Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed
American Arena League Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed
American West Football Conference Allowed Likely to be allowed Likely to be allowed

Basketball

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
NBA (National Basketball Association) Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited Prohibited
WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited Prohibited
NBA G (National Basketball Development League) Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited Prohibited
BIG3 Allowed Allowed Unlikely to be allowed

Hockey

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
NHL (National Hockey League) Likely allowed Likely allowed - Though may result in board review Unlikely to be allowed- Will probably result in board review
AHL (American Hockey League) Likely allowed Likely allowed Likely allowed
ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) Likely allowed Likely allowed Likely allowed
SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League) Likely allowed Likely allowed Likely allowed
FPHL (Federal Prospects Hockey League) Likely allowed Likely allowed Likely allowed

Soccer

US soccer organizations largely follow the WADA and FIFA rules for banned substances.

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
MLS (Major League Soccer) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
USL Championship Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
UWS (United Women’s Soccer) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
USPSL (United Premier Soccer League) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited

Lacrosse

Lacrosse organizations follow WADA and USADA rules for banned substances.

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
NLL (National Lacrosse League) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
MLL (Major League Lacrosse) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
PLL (Premiere Lacrosse League) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited

Tennis

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
USTA (United States Tennis Association) Allowed Allowed Unlikely to be allowed
ATA (American Tennis Association) Allowed Allowed Unlikely to be allowed

Golf

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
PGA (Professional Golfing Association) Allowed Allowed Likely to be allowed

Rugby

The US Rugby Association follows USADA rules.

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
MLR (Major League Rugby) Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited
Pro Rugby Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited

Endurance/Other

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
USA Triathalon Allowed Allowed Likely to be allowed
(USAC) USA Cycling Allowed Unlikely to be allowed Prohibited

Winter

Organization CBD Only CBD + Less than 0.3% THC Greater 0.3% THC
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Allowed Allowed Likely to be allowed

 

Disclaimer: this article does not constitute legal advice. We recommend checking with your organization if it is permitted for you to take CBD, especially if Cannabis is typically prohibited by your organization.

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