Professional athletes arguably live by a higher standard. Certain “performance enhancing” substances that the public are allowed to use are banned from sports. Meanwhile trainers and doctors are on 24-hour standby to assist athletes with any issues, mental or physical.

That’s a luxury most individuals don’t have. But as the general public has slowly begun to accept CBD for its medicinal benefits (especially after the 2018 Farm Act), professional sports organizations have been painfully slow to adopt the same outlook.


In 2016 UFC fighter Nate Diaz held his post-fight interview while openly vaping CBD. It caused controversy amongst UFC officials and fans alike. At that time, CBD was on most lists of banned substances, including the Food and Drug Administration (which still has CBD “banned”), the World Anti-Doping Agency (which un-banned CBD in January 2018), and the Controlled Substance Act (which unclassified CBD as an illegal substance via the 2018 Farm Act).

Nate Diaz ended up not being penalized as his drug test was negative for THC, but the incident shed light on what athletes should and shouldn’t be allowed to use in their healing and recovery.


Elsewhere in sports history you will find numerous tales of athletes who suffered injuries, both chronic and acute, and had limited options on how to heal. Sports doctors prescribing opiates was not uncommon, and this practice led to some unfortunate endings (i.e Derek Boogaard of the NHL).

Many more athletes have been legally unable to treat their pain and recover with CBD. They have instead been forced to resort to addictive painkillers, codeine, and other dangerous alternatives. To learn more about why CBD is superior to these drugs, click here.

From the Pro Leagues to Little League

Professional athletes are not the only ones at risk. A quick internet search will yield dozens of stories about young high school and college athletes who succumbed to pain killer and opiate addictions, often as a direct result of a doctors prescription after an injury.

Another search will show you how many other athletes have discovered CBD and wish they had known about its benefits sooner. Future NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Patriots tighten Rob Gronkowski is one of the latest and most high-profile athletes to publicly announce his CBD use.

He asked the NFL and other professional leagues alike to soften their stance to allow athletes to use CBD. Without CBD, he says, he would have been in a much darker place. Now he’s even considering returning from retirement if the NFL un-bans the substance.

Setting the Bar: Nuvamed

There are now plenty of options for athletes and non-athletes to use CBD. Unfortunately many of these products are mislabeled and operating within a semi-legal grey-area that the FDA has created. That’s why Nuvamed has been proactive in creating honest and transparent products and labeling.

We create each and every product with athletes in mind; considering ease of use, application method, and dosing. We are a team of athletes striving to support other athletes. We see a future in sports where using CBD is as commonplace as stretching.

At Nuvamed, we are excited for the next generation of athletes to come up in a CBD-friendly environment. If our products help a single person live better and achieve more, then our mission is accomplished.

Thank you for reading! Knowledge is power, and learning is key to living a better life.

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