According to a poll conducted by Morning Consult which was released on Friday, a great deal of fans of the UFC, racing and e-sports are likely to use CBD or marijuana while fans who watch baseball, golf and football are least likely to use marijuana or CBD.
The poll which involved 1269 U.S. participants looks into cannabis consumption and how common it is between self-identified sports fans from 14 groups.
From the poll, 35 % of e-sports fans admitted they ingest or smoke marijuana sometimes or often while 29% stated that they used CBD goods. In comparison, 20% of Major league baseball enthusiasts stated that they ingest marijuana with 17% saying they consumed CBD.
According to Morning Consult, despite golf enthusiasts being among the least frequent marijuana users, the Professional Golfers’ Association is one of only two leagues which allows CBD sponsorships, the other league being IndyCar racing. The leagues incorporated into the survey allow alcohol and gambling marketing but none permit marijuana sponsorships.
The classification of marijuana as an illegal Schedule I drug by the U.S. government, despite it being legal in 11 states makes it a no-no for the leagues. Following the swiftness with which teams and leagues began to do business with betting firms after the Supreme Court’s 2018 reversal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act shows there’s still hope for CBD and marijuana firms.
This development comes as various professional sports leagues look into internal CBD and marijuana policies for their players.
Earlier in the year, Major League Baseball reported that they would no longer test players for cannabis though they’re still barred from getting sponsored by marijuana firms.
Around June, when reports emerged that players would not be tested for cannabis and other recreational drugs on a temporary basis, the head of the NBA’s players union joined a major marijuana firm as a board member.
Additionally, the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2017 stated that athletes could consume CBD. Recently, it also expanded its allowable restriction on THC metabolites.
In addition to this, the NFL as well made the resolution to limit the testing window and stop suspensions for those who tested positive during drug tests.
At the Professional Golfers’ Association, players were warned last year that THC was still banned by the league and they should be careful as some CBD products may have some traces of THC. This easing of restrictions shows that a time will come when companies like Pure Extracts Corp. will sign deals with sports teams and leagues without an interference from sports authorities.
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