Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
USADA announced today that Devin Logan, of Park City, Utah, an athlete in the sport of freeski, has accepted a six-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation. Logan accepted a six-month period of ineligibility that began on December 7, 2018, the date her positive sample was collected.
Based on Logan’s successful completion of a USADA anti-doping educational tutorial, her period of ineligibility was reduced by three months. In addition, Logan has been disqualified from competitive results obtained on and subsequent to December 7, 2018, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
Athletes are advised that all natural and synthetic cannabinoids, except cannabidiol (CBD), are prohibited in-competition. Many products which claim to be pure CBD extract or oil from the cannabis plant have traces of THC or other cannabinoids.
Thus, a consumer who buys a CBD oil, extract, or other CBD product should be aware that there is a high likelihood it is a mixture of CBD and other prohibited cannabinoids, such as THC. Therefore, the use of a CBD product that claims to contain trace amounts of THC, may in fact contain higher THC concentrations, which may result in an anti-doping rule violation if carboxy-THC is present in an athlete’s urine over the Decision Limit in a sample collected in-competition.
USADA cannot predict the levels for any substance for any particular individual. In addition, consumers should also be aware of recent changes to federal law and FDA regulations on cannabis and cannabis-derived products to protect themselves from illegal products and therapeutic claims. If an athlete needs to therapeutically use a substance prohibited in-competition and they are nearing a competition, they are strongly encouraged to contact USADA to learn if they need a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
• This media release was published by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on 1 March 2019. Click here for the original.
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