Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati made his claim to fame when he won the first ever gold medal for snowboarding during the 1998 Winter Olympics. He then lost his medal when he failed a UA for cannabis, which was at the time not banned by the International Olympic Commission (IOC), though it was banned in other organizations. Rebagliati was able to get his medal reinstated and he ever since then, he has been outspoken in his support for athletes to be allowed to use cannabis.
Now, with the 2018 Winter Olympic games in full swing, the debate has been brought back into the forefront. Cannabis is legal for recreational use in nine states and Washington DC. Medical cannabis is legal in 19 states. Cannabis will be legalized in Canada, Rebagliati’s home country later this summer. The question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Olympic athletes should be allowed to use cannabis.
Rebagliati says that of course they should, at least for increased mental performance, at the very least. Now Rebagliati says, the times are changing. “Athletes are more and more living in a cannabis culture. The rules surrounding cannabis have become a little more relaxed over the years, where the THC limit was raised to 150 nanograms of THC, as opposed to the ridiculous limit of 15 nanograms.
Rebagliati says that cannabis can be very beneficial to an athlete’s mental state, especially in the case of CBD, the non psychoactive component in cannabis. CBD is beneficial for treating conditions such as anxiety, and inflammation. If cannabis can help Olympic athletes keep their bodies in peak physical condition, why shouldn’t they be able to use it as part of their regimen?
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