USA Triathlon made Olympic history on Oct. 21 by announcing an official partnership with a CBD manufacturer.
According to the Los Angeles Times, USA Triathlon accepted CBD company Pure Spectrum out of Colorado as an official partner for 2020. As of now, the organization appears to be the only national governing body under the U.S. Olympic Committee that has joined forces with such a company. “I had hip surgery in March, and I’ve been trying a lot of different things for the residual pain,” said Aaron Scheidies, a cyclist and triathlete who competed for the United States at the 2016 Paralympic Games and is hoping to make the 2020 team. “I feel pretty safe with a company that does batch testing and, on top of that, has the approval of USA Triathlon.”
USA Triathlon Chief Executive Rocky Harris said that his organization agreed to work with Pure Spectrum because the company uses multiple third-party laboratories and posts test results for every batch. They make sure that quality control is a major factor when it comes to what they do and don’t put out any products that aren’t tested.
As of now, the agreement does not interfere at all with the official Olympic anti-doping policy. It is seen instead as a substitute for pain management so that athletes don’t become dependent on substances like opiates.
“I’ve been interested in trying CBD for quite some time now,” he said. “This makes me feel pretty confident.” While the world of sports has always been resistant to cannabis acceptance, it is finally starting to come around, especially when it comes to CBD. Many NFL players have come out in support of cannabis, both THC- and CBD-based, and cannabis is becoming accepted as a major treatment for pain. This is more proof that a new era of CBD and sports is just around the corner.