Back in December 2019, Major League Baseball announced that it would be removing cannabis from their banned substances list for professional players in the minor leagues. This finally brought minor league baseball into line with the major leagues, who hadn’t been policed as harshly as the smaller local town players. Starting with the 2020 season, a whole world of solventless cannabis has opened to major sports, and solventless cannabis for athletic recovery, performance anxiety, and pain relief are just around the corner for professional baseball players, minor and major leaguers alike.
“Drugs of Abuse”
It’s an open secret that major league baseball players have never really been tested for cannabis, and while few talk about it publicly, a fairly overt cannabis culture exists within the game at its highest levels. For minor leaguers however, it’s a very different story. Owing to their generally younger ages, minor league pros had previously been subject to strict testing, and swift bans if caught using cannabis. Ultimately, this meant players were forced to avoid using cannabis completely, even as a medicine.
But now, following the MLBs official announcement that it is removing cannabis from its list of “Drugs of Abuse”, minor league players can finally make use of cannabis just like the big timers. Furthermore, with the two leagues aligned on cannabis policy, this surely presents a tremendous opportunity for solventless cannabis to become a publicly open aspect of professional baseball.
Cannabis Can Help the Opioid Crisis
What’s also promising is that the MLB is explicitly reforming its cannabis policy as a means to help with the opioid crisis gripping professional sports. It’s becoming widely known that the over prescription of opioid based pain killers is leaving a deadly legacy in its wake. Most major sports are dealing with the issue, and cannabis use as an alternative has shown great promise with reducing opioid prescriptions. The MLB deserves to be applauded for making some sensible decisions with regards to its cannabis policy, and players can now take advantage of a vital therapeutic aid.
Solventless Tinctures for Athletic Recovery
Medicinally, cannabis has some tremendous applications for sports wellbeing and recovery. Whether it be dealing with the stress and pressure of performance, helping to wind down after a big game, or for long term athletic recovery, cannabis has huge potential for professional sports health. Furthermore, solventless tinctures, edibles, and topicals are seen as the most popular choice among athletes who generally prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis, but still want to take advantage of its health benefits.
Solventless and Minor League Baseball
If you are a minor league pro however, you may still want to approach cannabis use with caution, especially if you live in a state where cannabis is still illegal. In an effort not to appear to completely greenlight cannabis use in professional baseball, the MLB also announced that players could still expect to be punished for possession, distribution, and DUIs. So, best not to show up at the field high and in possession, as this could still get you in trouble depending on where you are in the country. But for afterwards, and for those who live in legal states of course, the cannabis door for sports recovery is finally open.
Sadly for us, sponsorships from cannabis companies aren’t allowed at the moment, so we’ll have to keep dreaming about a Rosin Tech baseball team.