Great news for marijuana users in the sport of mixed martial arts and in fact Olympic sports as well. As prevalence of cannabis use rises in athletes, the official World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has adjusted testing accordingly. The new threshold for marijuana metabolites in the body has been raised from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL, with the UFC following suit.
Of course the UFC does not manage majority of drug testing of their fighters. They only step in when in an unregulated location such as Abu Dhabi. Usually there is a regulating body, such as the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) which has recently taken consideration as to do the same as well.
Currently in talks from the leading commission is not only marijuana limits. The controversial topic of testosterone replacement has caused reconsideration of the current allowed testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratios. They are now considering lowering the acceptable T/E level of an athlete’s levels from 6-to-1 to 4-to-1. The changes would be significant as many athletes have both benefited and been penalized from the current rulings. We are expected to hear if there will be a shake up in regulation in the coming weeks.