Earlier this week at UFC 241 open workouts, Diaz set the internet on fire when he blazed a blunt on stage, which he said was a CBD cigarette from his own Game Up Nutrition line.
“You know what’s crazy to me, the best part about this whole thing is … I got kicked out of school for fighting and selling weed. And now for a professional career I’m fighting and selling CBD,” Diaz told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Friday. “Cannabis is coming soon.”
Think back to 2004, the year Nate Diaz made his professional MMA debut at WEC 12.
Diaz continued, “It all worked out. I never thought it was bad to begin with. I thought it was all positive, productive. I don’t think people should be going out and smoking weed. I don’t want to put that look out or anything. But as an athlete, I think you should be smoking some marijuana, if you choose to do something to help you get through the day, instead of sticking a bunch of steroids in your ass and taking a bunch of faulty supplements.”
On Saturday night, Diaz returns to the octagon for the first time in three years when he takes on Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Of course, federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana in the U.S. But the overall public opinion on cannabis has drastically changed. Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, is all the rage right now because of its perceived health benefits. For evidence of this, look no further than the UFC’s recent multi-year partnership with Aurora Cannabis.
Back then, zero states legalized marijuana for recreational use. The number of states with legalized medical marijuana was 12. Fifteen years later, 12 states have legalized recreational marijuana use. The number of states that allow medical marijuana use is now up to 21.
Out of over a hundred identified cannabinoids, CBD has shown to have the most health benefits.
Denny’s diabetic nerve pain used to keep him up all night until he started using CBD oil.
CBD Oil for Pain…and for Sleep
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.
I would rather use a natural compound from a hemp plant, a plant that’s been used by humans for thousands of years, over a bottle of painkillers and risk the nasty side effects.
Inflammation causes pain and people often take conventional painkillers like ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to stop the pain.
Ariel Helwani @ arielhelwani I could be seeing things, but I think Diaz just smoked something up there on the dais.
Erik Magraken @ erikmagraken @SBNLukeThomas but it is a cannabinoid which is what is on the WADA prohibited list
Mike Bohn @ MikeBohnMMA Nate Diaz just smoked weed on the press conference stage. I believe he's still in competition.
How will the CBD affect Diaz with his post-fight testing? That’s not exactly clear.
Per Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, writing for Huffington Post, CBD is one of the many chemicals in marijuana plants. The chemical “does not make people high and is not intoxicating.” The chemical is possibly therapeutic.