As Canada moves closer to legalizing weed, many of the country’s best athletes are engaging with the up-and-coming legal weed scene. Now, with the 2018 Winter Olympics coming up on the horizon, Canadian athletes are consuming and investing in weed more than ever before.
Canadian Athletes and Weed
As legal responses to weed change, many athletes are becoming more vocal about cannabis. For example, as Canada moves toward legalizing weed in 2018, some of the country’s most elite athletes are speaking up in favor of cannabis.
“I think it’s pretty proven that it’s not unsafe for you and it’s definitely not performance-enhancing, at least in what I do,” alpine skier Dustin Cook told Canadian sources. “So yeah, I think it should be taken off the banned list when it becomes legal.”
Other athletes echoed Cook’s comments. Many said that weed is not a performance-enhancing substance, although it can be a natural way to medicate. Similarly, some athletes report using weed as a natural sleep aid.
“You lift at 6 p.m., and you’re wired because you had a big lifting session,” said bobsledder Kaillie Humphries. “You’re not sleeping until two, three, four in the morning. A lot of athletes use it for recovery. It’s not something performance-enhancing.”
More and more, athletes are turning to cannabis from the business side as well. For example, several Canadian skeleton racers have reportedly been investing in the country’s legal weed industry.
In particular, skeleton racer Dave Greszczyszyn said he invested in cannabis businesses to raise funds to pay for his training. He also said that somewhere around half of the entire team invested in weed-related stocks.
Taking all this together, Canadian athletes are interacting with the cannabis scene like never before. In particular, Canadian athletes are consuming and investing in weed, even as the 2018 Olympics get closer.
International Cannabis Ban
Despite what these athletes have said, cannabis remains on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of banned substances. And because the Olympics follow WADA rules, Olympic athletes are also prohibited from consuming cannabis.
The good news for pro-weed athletes is that WADA has loosened its rules recently. In 2013, the agency increased how much THC athletes are allowed to have in their urine. Before the change, the limit was 15 nanograms per milliliter of urine. But now, the limit is 150 nanograms.
Similarly, the new rules make it so that athletes are only tested during competition. If an athlete gets high weeks or months before the competition, they should be fine.
With all that said, WADA and the Olympics still ban cannabis. And as countries like Canada move closer to making weed legal, this ban could create some difficult tensions for athletes who consume weed.
Final Hit: Canadian Athletes Are Consuming And Investing In Weed
Whether it’s for recreational use, medical use, as a sleeping aid, or as a financial tool, Canadian athletes are consuming and investing in weed like never before. But regardless of what happens with Canadian laws, WADA and the Olympics still ban cannabis. It remains to be seen if that ban will cause trouble for weed-loving Canadian athletes.