Social Media Rips Olympian Megan Rapinoe For Promoting CBD After Sha’Carri Richardson Was Banned for Marijuana Use

By now, most sports fans know that sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was suspended after a failed drug test, was left off the roster for the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-year-old track star was suspended after testing positive for marijuana in June of this year. The latest controversy surrounds the fact that another current Olympic athlete, U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team star Megan Rapinoe, is presently promoting a (cannabidiol) CBD-laced product that is derived from marijuana.

In a letter that Rapinoe sent to Forbes, she explains why she uses CBD.

“CBD has become part of my all-natural recovery system that I use throughout the day to help with pain and inflammation, stabilize my mood and get better sleep. Instead of taking Advil or other pain management meds, I’ve almost exclusively substituted with Mendi CBD products,” Megan Rapinoe wrote via email.

“I use them right after training, pop in a gummy or gel capsule for pain and to calm me down, then another gummy in the afternoon to relax, then the night tincture right before bed for better sleep. It’s truly part of my entire day.”

Although CBD hasn’t been banned from the Olympics, fans on social media found it odd that Richardson was suspended due to marijuana use, but, another white athlete is allowed to promote an element that is derived from marijuana.