Sha’Carri Richardson took the world by storm along with her win within the 100-meter last on the Olympic trials final month in Oregon. Some stated her time — 10.86 seconds — made her America’s fastest woman. However she examined optimistic for THC following the race, so final week, america Anti-Doping Company handed her a one-month suspension. Meaning she gained’t be competing within the Olympic Video games this month. (Although Richardson used hashish in Oregon, the place it’s authorized.)
Leafly Way of life Editor Janessa Bailey speaks to KCRW about what the scenario might imply for the sports activities world.
KCRW: What occurred after Richardson’s Olympic trial victory went viral?
Janessa Bailey: “It appears regardless that she proved herself in two totally different races, that she was, the truth is, one of many quickest ladies within the nation, that she examined optimistic for having THC in her system.
And now, that may be one thing that usually you’ll suppose an Olympic athlete would in all probability chorus from earlier than an enormous race akin to that. However … proper after her race the place she completed in 10.86 seconds, we discovered that Sha’Carri had really lost her biological mother. … Now it’s a must to put into context that she is a holistic human being, and that there is a very robust probability that she was additionally utilizing hashish for her psychological well being, in addition to anything that might even doubtlessly assist her bodily. But in addition that is not attainable — cannabis is not a performance enhancing drug.”
What are the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s guidelines on marijuana use and drug testing?
“The World Anti-Doping Agency was created in 1999, they usually assist oversee anti-doping rule violations within the Olympic Video games. This company considers THC to be a substance of abuse … and say that it’s continuously abused in society exterior of sport. What’s fascinating about this to me is that CBD is an exception right here. And we all know that each THC and CBD are big elements of the plant. And so why the double customary?”
How frequent is it for athletes to make use of marijuana?
“Numerous athletes use marijuana or not less than hashish, CBD. They actually will decide which cannabinoid goes to assist them probably the most. However athletes use hashish for every little thing from irritation and the restoration course of to anxiousness or melancholy, one thing much like what Sha’Carri did, to assist them focus or think about their efficiency.
I personally have talked to athletes, like former NBA participant Matt Barnes, who used hashish as a substitute for opioids and painkillers as a result of they upset his abdomen and since he wished to have the ability to exit on the courtroom and simply play. And so, I feel most significantly, athletes use marijuana for a similar issues that on a regular basis folks use as a result of they’re folks too. So we’ve to begin asking: In what conditions are athletes allowed to be folks too?”
Ought to marijuana be taken off lists of banned substances in sports activities?
“I positively suppose so, notably if it has to do with any of the American sports activities. We’re at a degree now the place 82% of groups within the MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL play in a state that both has a medical or authorized leisure hashish program.
If 82% of those athletes navigate areas the place they’ll medically or recreationally use hashish, then how will we responsibly ask them to show traces of hashish medication on and off every time they take these drug assessments? I do not suppose it’s extremely life like.
Some leagues and associations have tried to deal with hashish testing by both elevating the thresholds in order that it’s extremely clear that the athlete has used hashish just lately, or they’ve narrowed down the window of testing to very near a efficiency … that is really one thing that the Olympics did in 2012. … However then you may also have a look at totally different leagues just like the MLB, which fully took cannabinoids off … they did that in 2019.
And you’ll see that there are lots of other ways for these totally different sports activities organizations to begin being life like about what hashish can do for an athlete’s physique, and what’s life like for a way they work together and have interaction with the plant as members of society and as big members of our tradition.”