Athletes that Use CBD-A New Era for the Sports World

NBA Athletes Endorse CBD

The dawn of the 1st of January 2018 brought a huge change in the global history of competitive sports: it ended the prohibition of CBD products allowing professional athletes around the world to use them.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to drop CBD from its list of banned substances.

Thanks to this decision, Olympians and professional athletes can get rid of their NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and opioids, substitute them with CBD products and reap their health and wellness benefits.

Unfortunately, as we have seen in a previous article, there are still prohibitions in the rest of the sports world. But there are athletes that chose to use CBD and to endorse it.

Let’s meet some of them.

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Al Harrington

NBA professional player for 17 years, Harrington is an active and determined advocate of medical cannabis. He managed to make former NBA commissioner David Stern admit that medical cannabis products should be removed from the banned list. Watch the video and enjoy the interview!

He has launched Harrington Wellness, his own brand of CBD products.

He said

“After more surgeries than I care to admit, my knee was shot, and I was in pain all the time. If I had the benefit of CBDs, like our Harrington Wellness Cream when I was playing, there’s no doubt I could have played two or three more seasons in the NBA.”

Rick Barry

Rick Barry CBD

Former ABA and NBA player, Barry was one of the speakers at the 2017 O’Cannabiz Cannabis Expo in Toronto where he spoke in favor of the legalization of CBD products  as the representative  of Folium Biosciences, a CBD oil producer

He said that CBD

“is an incredible opportunity for people to get involved in a business doing some good for people.”

This years’ event features him and Riley Cote as speakers.

Riley Cote

His career as a hockey player caused him physical and mental stress. To deal with it, Cote turned to cannabinoids

He said about CBD

“I’d quietly use it as an ally of mine. It helped me manage anxiety [and] pain. There was no physical addiction. It just made me feel better.

Riley Cote on CBD

After retiring from the NHL, Cote founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes  cannabis/hemp as a renewable resource, able to increase the quality of people’s lives. He is also the co-founder of a CBD recovery product line called BodyChek Wellness.

Paul Pierce

Pierce joined a group of current and former NBA athletes who support cannabis products for the chronic aches and pains their demanding careers bring on. He announced the launch of his own brand, Vape Vesper, with a tweet.

Paul Pierce CBD

The former Boston Celtics star says he vapes CBD oil to treat his chronic pain and anxiety and wishes that CBD products’ use will be permitted in the sports world in the future.

“These type[s] of medication should be allowed in sports as an alternative to pain pills and other issues athletes deal with on a day to day basis”

John Salley

John Salley Twitter CBD

Fomer NBA star (he played for the Detroit Pistons, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers), Salley is a known medicinal cannabis advocate.

He founded this own cannabis brand Deuces22 with his daughter. The LA-based brand produces vape pens and topicals.

Father and daughter hope to make it the first CBD company to be available in CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

Tomas Wolfe

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Tomas Wolfe on CBD

Don’t you know him? Well, his 13.3 k Instagram followers do know him.

He is a British Champion Bodybuilder who gained notoriety by becoming the UK Bodybuilding Fitness Federation (UKBFF) Northwest champion. Now he is one of the biggest names in the discipline.

Wolfe is a CBD supporter and uses his influence to promote it for its healing benefits and the impact it may have on performance.

In one of his Instagram posts, he talked to his fans about the ability of CBD to reduce anxiety and about how the consumption of CBD can help to control appetite.

Kieran Kevan

Kevan Keran on CBD

Champion Bodybuilder, Kevan shares his enthusiasm for CBD supplements with his numerous fans on Instagram. He also reviews his chosen products and shares his thoughts with his audience.

He spoke about how CBD helps his muscles relax after his workout and he emphasized its capacity to help him recover from injuries after a competition.

Kieran also uses CBD to fight stress and anxiety.

Andrew Talansky

Andrew Talansky Supports CBD

A professional cyclist, Talansky recently switched to triathlon. He turned to CBD because -as he says-his “body is constantly inflamed” because he trains both on and off the bike

He described his experience with CBD

“I took it for a couple of weeks, and there was a noticeable difference immediately. And it wasn’t just that my hip was feeling better. I was less anxious, and I was sleeping better.”

Ross Rebagliati

Rebagliati Ross Supports CBD
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Ross Rebagliati is a Canadian athlete who won the first ever Olympic gold medal for snowboarding. Rebagliati is an active advocate of medical cannabis and founder of  Ross’ Gold, his own medical marijuana business. He believes that medicinal cannabis has many benefits of which CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the biggest.

Regarding CBD products, he stated

“Canadians are opening up more and more to cannabis, and many older people are really understanding as to the benefits of CBD; which is used to treat medical conditions like epilepsy. It is gaining favor among athletes and the public alike. Unlike other extracts, CBD is not psychoactive and is used for sleep regulation, inflammation, and anxiety. We are excited. We feel the rest of the country will adopt a healthy use of cannabis in the coming years.”

Nat Diaz

His choice to vape CBD during a press conference after a fight brought CBD in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Diaz said

“It was a good move and it was organic. It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

Quinton Ramone Jackson

Quinton Ramone “Rampage” Jackson said that Nate Diaz’s bold move to vape CBD publicly helped him discover the health benefits of CBD

“I think we all learned about CBD from Nate Diaz, he’s the first one I learned about CBD from. I’m glad he stood up for us and made it legal for MMA fighters. Thank you, Nate, I appreciate that, much love. It’s incredible. It’s been helping me out a lot.”

Alex ‘Mean’ Montagnani

The British Mixed Martial Arts (BMMA) star uses CBD for recovery between training. In the following video, he explains the benefits of CBD.

Yair Rodriguez

UFC fighter Yair “Pantera” Rodriguez uses CBD oil to speed up his recovery time between training sessions and to improve his sleep at night.

Yair Rodriguez

Chris Camozzi

MMA fighter Chris Camozzi  turned to CBD after an injury and uses a hemp-based CBD product ever since

Describing his experience with CBD oil , Camozzi said

“I healed my knee faster than my docs had ever seen. I’ll never forget the Dr. saying, ‘I’ve never seen anyone recover from an injury this quickly.’

Gina Mazany

All-star MMA fighter from Alaska, Gina “Danger” Mazany is a huge advocate for CBD which she uses to calm her anxiety before fights.

Mazany questioned the motives behind authorizing specific substances over others by WADA and similar organizations. This triggered a scientific study on the potential benefits of CBD on the human body conducted by the neurosurgeon and medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta

The study found that CBD offers relief from anxiety and muscle spasms and reduces inflammation. As a result, WADA removed it from its list of banned substances.

Since WADA has lifted the ban on CBD, Gina Mazany has spoken out:

“I feel like it’s a conspiracy theory. There are so many ways that CBD can benefit everyone in one way or another, but if people are using a product that they aren’t going to make money off then they are not going to allow it.”

Amy Van Dyken

Van Dyken, a competitive swimmer for the American Olympic team and six-time Olympic Gold medal winner, had a severe accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

She heard about CBD and began researching the substance. According to Van Dyken, at first, she gave it to her dog, which was diagnosed with lymphoma, and was amazed by its positive results.

Van Dyken Uses CBD To Treat Pain

She said:

“One day I was in so much pain I didn’t know what to do, so I just poured that oil into my coffee and within half an hour the pain had subsided. Now, it’s not completely gone but it’s a point where I can live my life, I can go out and do things [and] enjoy dinner again. I can’t explain it but the stuff really works.”

The Olympian now uses CBD oil on a daily basis to treat pain.

She added :

“I’m at a point where I recommend it [hemp-derived CBD oil] to anyone who is in chronic pain because it does work and I tell them ‘even if you think that it doesn’t, give me a day or two. It’ll work.’”

Looking ahead to changes

WADA’s decision was a big step that hopefully will be taken by more sports organizations in the future.

Athletes choose the best because they want the best for their health and wellness.

CBD has the ability to help the body maintain homeostasis (balance), it can reduce inflammation and act as an antioxidant. For these reasons, it is used by a lot of people (including me, of course) as a health maintenance supplement. How about you? Isn’t it the right time to give yourself a big gift?

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If you have any questions, you want to share your personal experience or you can know an athlete who uses CBD and isn’t in the list, leave a comment below.

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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute  professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.


  1. CBD oil does wonders and I think it is actually needed by athletes. So the WADA body removing it from the list of banned substances is really great. I have a local football club very close to my house here. I have recommended it for their players and also close friend who plays in the club to get CBD oil for use. Thanks for sharing this article. 

    1. I’m glad my article gave you more information on this amazing natural substance! Thank you!

  2. I had no idea that CBD was removed from the banned substance list for sports. That is a pretty progressive decision. I also didn’t know that there were so many athletes promoting its use. These are the guys that we look to for peak performance inspiration. If it’s been good for them and has helped them cope with common ailments like anxiety and muscle pain relief, we can be sure that it’ll be effective for us too!

    1. The discussion on cannabinoids is very intense ever since the existence of the endocannabinoid system in our body was discovered. I think we should follow the lead of athletes and embrace their way of coping health issues and promoting wellness. YES, they can be our inspiration 🙂

  3. Effie, I do believe the decision by the WADA to drop CBD from its list of banned substances was one greatest news to the athletics community ever! I have read and watched the 16 testimonies you have posted and I see it is the importance of CBD oil especially in the healing process.
    What I need maybe to know more about is whether is legally accepted in most countries around the world.
    Thank you for updating me.

    1. To my knowledge, a lot of countries consider CBD oil legal. Yet, I can’t give you information regarding the specific legislation of each country. It’s up to you to be informed about the laws of your country. But if you have other questions about CBD, don’t hesitate to ask!

  4. Wow! I’ve never heard of CBD oil, but I see why it is so popular among athletes. Obviously their bodies go through a lot of wear and tear so naturally they will need something to help with that and avoiding the pain meds that cause so many to become addicted isn’t the way to do. I’m not an athlete, but seeing as how the oil has health benefits and helps manage pain I will have to keep this in mind. You never know when it will come in handy. But are there people who use the oil just for it’s antioxidant property or is it more for pain? Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Welcome to my website Jen. People use CBD oil not just for pain but for many other reasons: to reduce anxiety and stress, to cope with pain and inflammation, to sleep better, as a health maintenance supplement (to name some). If you take a look at my articles you will find lots of information. Contact me if you have any questions, I’ll be more than glad to answer them.

  5. Hi Effie,

    This is awesome to see. Great to see that bodybuilders like Tomas Wolfe and Kieran Kevan use CBD oil. Also really cool to see that MMA fighters use it too. I know that weed is becoming very popular in MMA and the UFC however, its cool to see that CBD oil itself is also having an impact. Seems like this stuff just keeps getting more and more popular. Thanks for keeping me up to date with all the celebrities and sports stars using it. I always find great information when I stop by your site!!

    1. Dan, I must admit that I included some bodybuilders on the list because I know you follow my site and bodybuilding is your thing. I’ve got some “huge and strong” aces up my sleeve, so stay tuned!

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