Some people can be quick to deny that eSports is indeed a sport. With policies addressing doping and performance enhancement, it is easy to see that professional gaming is considered and is operated just like traditional sports. If you love cannabis and you are a passionate gamer or even a professional one, you may be wondering about the legality of using cannabis in eSports. Here’s what you need to know:

Marijuana is included in the list of banned substances

One of the most important things you should know about combining cannabis and professional gaming is that this plant is one of the prohibited substances in the eSports League (ESL). This policy was implemented back in 2015 when it enacted its anti-doping policy. This policy follows a list released by the Nationale Anti-Doping Agentuer (NADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Some of the substances prohibited in-competition include marijuana, amfetamine, and fentanyl among others.

To prevent stoned gamers from joining, the ESL decided to get players tested for any of these substances. So, if you are aspiring to become a professional gamer, keep in mind that you would not be able to consume any marijuana from the start of the completion day to the very end of the competition itself.

ESL is not the only one

Aside from eSports League, there are other tournaments and organizations that banned marijuana during the series. This includes the FIFA eWorld Cup, which pits players of the video game version of the football world cup against one another. The World Cyber Games (now known as the World Electronic Sports Games), a smaller version of the ESL, also bans this plant. Lastly, Major League Gaming announced its adoption of the ‘Fair Play’ concept, which is an anti-doping policy.

Professional gamers can still consume Cannabis, but…

For those of you wanting to be a pro esports player, you might have had your spirits dampened by this news. However, you can reawaken your dreams of joining the league because you do not have to absolutely abstain from your favorite plant. You can still light up as often as you would like as long as it is not within the competition period.

This is a good thing because some cannabinoids are known to enhance focus and cognitive functions. This can make you more alert and responsive to in-game elements, making you a better player. By intaking marijuana during your training sessions, you can improve your neurocognitive functions and who knows, you may even bring your improved senses to the competition itself without consuming marijuana.

Good news: Cannabidiol (CBD) is allowed in-competition!

If you think that being able to consume marijuana outside of the competition is good enough, you will be glad to know that you can even take CBD-infused products during the competition itself! According to the list released by the WADA, natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited during the tournament. However, cannabidiol is an exception to this rule.

By consuming CBD-edibles and drinks during the day of the tournament, you can enjoy enhanced concentration, improved cognition, relaxed disposition and energized feeling. As these qualities are essential to performing excellently

Stoned Gamer Championship Series is a great alternative

For professional gamers who absolutely want to compete while loaded with marijuana, this tournament is for you. Started by Zeus Tipado as a website dealing with independent game development, Stoned Gamer makes professional gaming competitions available for cannabis enthusiasts. With this, Tipado aims to create a culture that takes joy in both gaming and cannabis.

Combining two of your most beloved things can give you the best feeling ever. By knowing these facts about cannabis and professional gaming, you can pursue your dreams and passions in an informed and smart manner!