Motorcycle-Racing CBD is in the Middle of Motorcycle Racing Controversy
Published: 01 Nov 2019

CBD has grown in popularity and is now being used in different types of products, ranging from These CBD pens, creams to oils and even to pet treats. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a chemical compound or cannabinoid naturally found in cannabis, more popularly known as marijuana. It’s gaining popularity in the health industry because of its alleged health and pain-relief benefits.

Marijuana has long been used for relieving pain, and it has recently been discovered by scientists that this specific component of the plant, CBD, is the one responsible for such effect. That’s because CBD has analgesic effects: it increases endocannabinoid system activity, which has a big role in pain relief.

Of course, drugs such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol exist and are popular pain-relief medicine, but these often come with serious long-term side-effects such as liver damage and stomach ulcers, while scientific studies have shown that the use of CBD as a natural means of pain relief does not have any serious side-effects. This explains why it’s been gaining momentum in the health industry as well as the fitness industry, where athletes may find the use of CBD beneficial.

However, marijuana and anything associated with it have always had people shaking heads. While marijuana-derived CBD products are legal in a few states, it remains largely illegal on the federal level, and only hemp-derived CBD products are legal on the federal level while remaining illegal in some states. That’s because hemp-derived ones have 0.3 percent THC at most. THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis and a popular recreational drug.

Marijuana is still under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) of 1971 as a substance with high potential for abuse and has currently no accepted medical use. As such, the use of CBD, especially marijuana-derived ones, remains in a gray area.

Athletes who are sponsored by CBD products are affected by the negative view towards CBD. Dean Wilson, a privateer at the recent Supercross season opener, was asked by race officials to cover the logo of Ignite because NBC and Felt Motor Sports couldn’t show them on screen. Ignite is a company that sells cannabis and CBD oil, owned by Dan Bilzerian, who then posted about what happened on social media.

Another related incident happened to JGR/Yoshimura Suzuki’s Chad Reed in Minneapolis, who showed up with logos of cbdMD on his bike helmet. Reed, however, was allowed to run the logos, but only because of timing and location coincidences. This is because, while CBD oil is permitted in Minnesota, they also only knew about Reed’s new sponsor on the day itself and by then, it was too late for them to deal with the legal rulings of it. So, providing that he took responsibility for any penalties, he was allowed to wear the cbdMD logo.

The AMA then released a statement after the event, declaring that CBD product sponsorships or logos are not allowed until further notice to prevent more controversies before the new federal laws are published.

On the other hand, American Flat Track, another motorcycle racing series, is a little more lenient. They allow CBD sponsorships, and the only consequence is that the logos might be covered up on television. Although, AFT riders are advised to be careful in order not to get a positive in the drug testing.

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