MMA fighter and fan favorite Nate Diaz took to the stage during an open workout, lit up a joint, started smoking it, and then served it to the assembled fans. The media and fans tried to figure out what he was smoking, and after the open workout, he revealed that it was CBD dried.
"It was a CBD joint from his own brand Game Up Nutrition," Diaz said. CBD is legal in combat sports and is not included in the UFC's anti-doping policy. Diaz said he would smoke THC after the fight because it is prohibited during competition, " wrote ESPN's Marc Raimondi on Twitter.
Nate Diaz already used a vape pen, or vaporizer with CBD, at the 202 UFC gala, which already caused an uproar, but he did it after the fight, so he did not fear consequences from the World Anti-Doping Agency.
"[CBD] helps with the healing process, inflammation and things like that. So if that's what you want, you use CBD before or after fights and workouts." - Nate Diaz said. "It will make your life better."
CBD is not banned during competition - according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which removed cannabidiol from its list of banned substances in 2018. However, athletes cannot use THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, which is on the list of banned substances.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) raised the threshold from 50 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood to 150 nanograms per milliliter of blood as more and more athletes use marijuana for recreational purposes.
Virtually all CBD products contain trace amounts of THC to enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD. However, the THC content in CBD products does not exceed 0.2% - 0.3% (depending on the country), so such a low concentration should not cause you to test positive for THC in your body.