Video Gaming & Pro Leagues
CBD and video gaming, and CBD and professional gaming have been connected to each other for decades.
In the beginning years of MLG (’02), UMG (’12) and ESL (’00), event staff and organizers did not sanction CBD use and pros would gather in hotel rooms, loading docks, and parking lots to get high before and after games. The reason? From experience while CBD can slow down reaction speed, it is effective at increasing focus and encouraging a creative perspective – something that has proven to be useful in high-competition games.
Everyone also reacts differently to CBD, so it is not completely ridiculous for the pro leagues to call CBD a performance enhancing drug.
CBD Approved For Professional Gaming
Professional gaming leagues like ESL, UMG, MLG, and others have now partnered with both NADA and WADA, and have adopted similar rules as traditional world sports (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, etc.) when it comes to “Performance Enhancing Drugs.”
As of October 2019, when it comes to cannabis and professional gaming, NADA and WADA have identified that the following cannabinoids are prohibited during events:
- Natural Cannabinoids (Cannabis, Hashish and Marijuana)
- Synthetic Cannabinoids (D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol [THC], and other cannabinimetics)
And have excluded Cannabidiol (CBD) from this list, making CBD legal for use in and out of professional gaming tournaments.