There’s been no lack of Sports players endorsing CBD brands and even launching their own, especially in the world of Rugby… and in case you haven’t realized this Includes us. For those of you not so into Rugby, the guys behind IMPACT Sports CBD are James Haskell former English rugby union player and Ben Franks, currently playing for Northampton Saints in Premiership Rugby, one of only twenty 2-time Rugby Union World Cup winners. These 2 Rugby all stars swear by these products as a vital supplement in there Rugby careers and as a necessity in maintaining their high level of fitness. Which is the whole reason for their joint venture into the world of CBD and the launch of IMPACT Sports CBD. So with all eyes on Rugby, CBD and the Rugby World Games in Japan, let’s take a peek at what it’s all about.
A Brief history of Hemp in Japan
CBD oil was legalized in Japan in 2016 as long as it has 0% THC. The CBD market has been growing over 100% year-over-year. Japanese Celebrity Abe’s face appeared on one of the busiest metro stations in Japan on a full sized billboard endorsing CBD Oil and adding to the growing demand for CBD.
Hemp also known as “suna” or more commonly “asa” in Japanese, Has a long history. Hemp was grown for its fiber like qualities prior to 1948. Hemp seeds are also a staple in Japanese seasonings. But take a look further back to some period dating back to B.C. and you will find that In the Shinto religion, the word for cannabis means cleansing, and was used in purification rituals believing to have the power to purify energy.
CBD use in Sports
The WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) , an international governing body that supervises and manages drug testing in the Olympics as well as setting operational standards for anti-doping guidelines in many international sports events. WADA has removed CBD (Cannabidiol) from the list of prohibited substances in 2018.
We are bound to see and hear many discussions on this topic at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. And if you bump into one of the guys just ask them about it yourselves!
If you are planning on flying to Japan from abroad, be sure to check if your CBD contains any THC. Many countries allow trace amounts of THC, including the UK. If you are not sure you can ask for a lab report that will show the amounts of THC.