Spanish Athlete Banned For 2 Years After Failing Test For Marijuana

Spanish Water Polo player Jeronimo Firpo Cabeceran was handed a two year sanction from the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD) for a positive doping test in February of this year.

Cabeceran was tested on February 21, 2015 during the Liga de Division de Honor de Waterpolo held in Madrid. He tested positive for Carboxy-THC, the active agent in the popularly abused street drug, marijuana.

Carboxy-THC is classified under Class S.8 Cannabinoids in the 2015 WADA Anti-Doping Code. Natural cannabinoids such as cannabis, hashish, and marijuana are all included in WADA’s S8 category, as well as synthetic cannabinoids such as “spice.”

The Mayo Clinic says that the active agents in marijuana have a long half-life and can be detected in urine for more than 7 days after a single use. If there is chronic use of the drug, the detection time can be longer than that.

This ban was passed out by the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency but will also be enforced by FINA. Cabeceran’s two-year suspension began on August 21, 2015 and will continue through August of 2017.


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I am against marijuana criminalization in life and sports, but at least they are consistent – Phelps got 2 years and it is only fair for unknown Spaniard to get 2 years too.


It’s totally fair that this guy gets a two-year ban, and Park Tae Hwan gets 18 months (which just happen to end a few months before the Olympics) for anabolic steroids.


Spanish Anti-Doping Agency > Russian Anti-Doping Agency….Guy suspended two years for something one can argue is nowhere near performance enhancing, while Russia has been cheating for the last three years and have yet to be banned from Rio..smh

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Not a huge fan of self medicating, but it does strike me as odd that the cost is so high for something that clearly works against your abilities and performance.

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