Why cannabis is still a banned Olympics substance
In 2011, Wada defended the ban on cannabis in a paper published in the journal Sports Medicine. Citing a study on marijuana’s ability to reduce anxiety, Wada found cannabis could help athletes “better perform under pressure and to alleviate stress experienced before and during competition”.
Marijuana (cannabis) has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) since the organisation first created its list of prohibited substances in 2004. Items on the list meet two out of three criteria: Criteria 1: They harm the health of the athlete. Criteria 2: They are performance enhancing. Criteria 3: They are against the spirit of sport… Alain Steve Comtois, director of the department of sports science at the University of Quebec at Montreal says its other negative effects would counteract any benefits, giving the idea that marijuana can enhance athletic performance “no merit”.