The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) classifies pot as a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) because of its ability to decrease anxiety and fear, as well as its potential to improve certain degrees of oxygenation and concentration. Secondly, it’s regarded as a health risk because it causes “decreased cognitive performance” (which makes you wonder how it could also increase concentration…). Lastly, pot use violates the “spirit of the sport,” as Olympians are perceived as role models.
Still, athletes in virtually every sport – from swimming to MMA fighting – use pot. But is it intended for relaxation and post-competition stress release? Or do athletes believe it aids them during competition, augmenting concentration and possibly improving hand-eye coordination?
David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London told Reuters: “There's no evidence cannabis is ever performance enhancing in sport, and since its use is legal in a number of countries, there's no reason for it to be banned by WADA.”
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