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.
White supremacy is banning Sha’Carri Richardson for smoking weed while Megan Rapinoe gets praised for her use of CBD. Highly reminiscent of how crack cocaine is infinitely more heavily criminalized than powder cocaine to ensure the disproportionate incarceration of Black people. https://t.co/nwYBCqd4wT
— Instructor Florence Ashley (@ButNotTheCity) July 23, 2021
Megan Rapinoe can use CBD but Sha’Carri can’t use THC?!
It’s okay for purple-haired, progressive, lesbian White girl to use cannabis products but not a Black woman?!
— Jenni Thee Libertarian (@theeliberty) July 23, 2021
1 person uses CBD to improve their performance. Another uses THC to relax.
The 1 who used THC got suspended from competing while the 1 using CBD to improve her performance is being interviewed in Forbes for her entrepreneurship.
Both come from the same plant.
Misogynoir, yo. pic.twitter.com/CDKh9iVcls
— She Who Leaves aka TaLynn Kel (@TaLynnKel) July 23, 2021
What is the difference between CBD (what Megan Rapinoe uses) and THC (what was in the weed that Sha’Carri Richardson used) and why was Sha’Carri banned from the Tokyo Olympics but Megan gets a spread in Forbes talking about the benefits of marijuana? pic.twitter.com/eASiecdQem
— ✨MollsisBored✨COMMS OPEN (@MollsisBored) July 25, 2021
Disappointed in Megan @mPinoe and her comms team who, if nothing else should’ve caught the gross optics here, despite the differences btwn THC & CBD. Plainly, cannabis regs have been weaponized against Black people since forever & white folk have always benefitted. #Olympics2021 https://t.co/zpKbAk2bty
— Johnathan S. Perkins 😷 (@JohnathanPerk) July 23, 2021
not olympics banning sha’carri richardson for smoking weed to cope with grief but megan rapinoe is promoting cbd on social media. quite literally the same thing as white people owning dispensaries while black people are disproportionately incarcerated for trace amounts of weed https://t.co/yCUYfQtg4N
— ashley (@ashhdavid) July 25, 2021