Florida Removes Cannabis As Banned substance in combat sports

update may 5, 2021 – I contacted Jeff Novitzky who confirms he shared data on marijuana impaired driving with Florida regulators that was previously used in congressional hearings. The data includes helpful information on how divorced blood and urine testing for cannabis is from documenting actual impairment. Data, including the below excerpts, shown persuasive in having Florida remove cannabis as a substance they will test for.

“While ethyl alcohol is readily soluble in water, and thus blood, THC is fat soluble. This implies that once ingested, THC is stored in fatty tissues in Camiseta SS Lazio the body and can be released back into the blood in some cases long after ingestion. Some studies have detected THC in the blood at 30 days post ingestion (Heustis, 2007). Thus, while THC can be detected in the blood long after ingestion, the acute psychoactive effects of marijuana ingestion last for Camiseta Selección de fútbol de Uruguay mere hours, not days or weeks. Also, unlike alcohol, which is metabolized at a stable rate, the metabolism of THC occurs in a different fashion such that THC blood levels decline exponentially. Some studies have reported a fairly broad variability that is affected by the implies of ingestion (smoking, oil, and edibles), potency, and user characteristics. many research on the effects of marijuana has used smoking and typically do not measure the concentration of THC in the blood.“

“The drug testing methodology for urinalysis is well established. drugs and drug metabolites are detectable in urine for several days after the drug has been used (and in some cases for weeks). Urine test results cannot be used to show that a chauffeur was under the influence of the drug at the time of arrest or testing. Detection of THC or other cannabinoids in urine does not necessarily reflect recent use.“


According to the UFC’s Jeff Novitzky regulators in Florida have just removed cannabis as a banned substance in combat sports.

Impairment, not past consumption of cannabis which can take numerous weeks to fully clear the body in heavy users, is always the genuine issue of athletic commissions. numerous regulators are accepting this reality and moving in the best direction.

Many commissions and anti doping regulators have been taking progressive steps with how cannabis is treated from California giving those who test positive a slap on the wrist to WADA treating it as a substance of abuse with lighter punishment than true performance enhancing drugs to BC offering Therapeutic use Exemptions to medical users. An outright removal of the substance is the most significant reform yet.

Some other recent developments for cannabis in combat sports documented here:

Part 1 – Marijuana’s treatment under Camiseta Everton FC the WADA Prohibited List

ABC recommends Lighter Cannabis Sanctions

WADA creates “Substances of Abuse” category For Anti Doping

MMA returned to Canada With historic Cannabis TUE in Place

A easy fix For combat sports and Cannabis

Elias Theodorou given first ever MMA Cannabis Therapeutic Use Exemption

“Substances of Abuse” modified Under UFC/USADA In Competition Ban

I will update this short article as much more details come to light.

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