Nate Diaz is making headlines for what happened after his fight with Connor McGregor at UFC 202. The two did not get into a post-fight argument or brawl, but rather Diaz made headline worthy news all on his own. During his post-fight interview, while in front of a room full of reporters and cameras, Diaz unashamedly used a CBD vape pen.
When questioned by reporters about what he was using, Diaz responded confidently saying, “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
For those not familiar with CBD, it is one of the roughly 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is typically the second most prevalent cannabinoid behind THC.
Unlike its sibling THC, CBD has no mental high or euphoria. Both chemicals boast medical efficacy, but THC has a bad reputation as an intoxicant more than a medicine in the minds of many Americans.
Sadly, Diaz may have gotten himself into trouble with the governing bodies which oversee the MMA fighting league. He had already provided his required post-fight urine sample prior to being interviewed, so he may have thought he was in the clear to use CBD.
The fighters are tested for the presence of cannabinoids and are considered to be positive for a substance if it registers over 150 ng/ml. While Diaz may pass his actual drug screen, his honest admissions on camera during his interview are tantamount to a failed drug test.
The nuance which Diaz seems to have missed is that the UFC technically considers the six hours before and after the fight as part of the in competition time segment.
The officials looking into possible rule violations confirmed the investigation saying, “I can confirm that USADA is aware of the situation and is currently gathering information in order to determine the next appropriate steps.”
Nate Diaz’s brother Nick has been in hot water for cannabis use previously. He made major headlines for receiving a stiff punishment from the UFC for testing positive for cannabinoids, which was later shortened.
It seems that an appreciation for the medical efficacy of cannabis runs in the Diaz family. They both may have the same motivation as those in the NFL who want to see the league allow CBD as a means to possibly help counteract the brain trauma suffered as part of the sport.
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