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Nate Diaz smokes cannabis oil with fans days ahead of UFC 241 fight – his first bout since defeat to Conor McGregor

  • 15 Aug 2019, 11:14
  • Updated : 15 Aug 2019, 14:21
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NATE DIAZ showed he was totally relaxed ahead of his fight at UFC 241 this weekend – by smoking CANNABIS oil with fans during open workouts.

The fan favourite makes his octagon return on Saturday facing old rival Anthony Pettis in his home of California.

Having not fought since a majority decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016 the Stockton native reminded fans of his unique character by smoking CBD oil on stage.

Diaz infamously smoked CBD oil after his rematch defeat to The Notorious – which at the time was on the United States Anti-Doping Agency banned substance list.

However, USADA have since made it legal in and out of competition.

Diaz profited by the update to the rules by producing his own CBD line Game Up Nutrition.

Diaz told ESPN he was the pioneer to having the once banned substance legal for fighters in the UFC.

What is CBD oil?

CBD cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.

Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.

This low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal.

Products are required to contain less than 0.05% THC.

THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.

There have been high profile calls for higher concentration oil to be made legal.

The family of epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell, 12, were granted an exemption by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take concentrated CBD cannabis oil after insisting it was a lifeline.

And Alfie Dingley’s parents say the six-year-old should be allowed the same treatmentafter describing its impact on his seizures as “nothing short of a miracle”.

On November 1, 2018, medical cannabis became available to patients in the UK on NHS prescription.

He said: “Did you see that CBD deal I got for the UFC? They got a huge deal – you’re welcome motherf***ers!

“That’s cool, but can I get my points? Who brought CBD to the table?

“Now everybody has got these CBD sponsorships. Now it’s in football, in basketball, and it’s legal. UFC is paid out.

“Everybody is in the cannabis movement now ‘cause of your boy.

“I appreciate the love from the UFC, for showing who started this gangster s***.”

Silva later tested positive for drostanolone, androstane, oxazepem, and temazepam in a pre-fight drug screening and the fight was declared a no-contest.

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Nick spent four months appealing the failed marijuana test and eventually got it reduced to just 18 months and a £82,000 fine.

However, after all the time spent appealing the decision the MMA veteran has not fought since the middleweight fight at UFC 183.

Because Nick failed to pay his NSAC fines he was not eligible to corner his brother in his high profile fights with McGregor.

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Nate Diaz smokes cannabis oil with fans days ahead of UFC 241 fight – his first bout since defeat to Conor McGregor 15 Aug 2019, 11:14 Updated : 15 Aug 2019, 14:21 Invalid

Cannabis & Athletic Recovery

Nate Diaz, The UFC, and CBD

Colin Bambury
Mar 30, 2017 · 3 min read

This is a repost of my article for the November 2016 edition of High! Canada magazine.

UFC 202 made huge headlines when Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz met in the cage for t h e second time. However, not all of these headlines were about the fight. Controversy began during the post-competition press conference where the beaten Diaz made an appearance. With two black eyes and cuts all over his face – he began puffing on a pen vaporizer filled with Cannabidiol extract. “It’s CBD” he explains “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”. That is just one way of summarizing today’s topic – how cannabis can benefit athletic recovery.

Professional and recreational athletes push themselves to the physical limit to become stronger, faster, and better. An essential part of getting the most out of your training is rest and recovery. Rest is important and can be defined as a combination of sleep and time spent not exercising. Motivated athletes want to recover faster so they can get back out there and continue improving. Cannabis can be used as a tool to help facilitate and streamline athletic recovery.

An important aspect of recovery is getting a full and restful sleep. Cannabis Indica strains are known to produce a sedative effect that melts away insomnia. This can help busy individuals calm their minds and drift into a REM state. Adequate levels of rest help to provide mental health, hormonal balance, and muscular recovery. Cannabis can also help you reset your sleeping rhythms to form a healthier schedule.

Professional athletes (especially those in contact sports) frequently turn to pain medication to deal with their injuries. It has been proven that prolonged use of these painkillers causes a wide array of negative side effects. Painkiller abuse kills a substantial amount of Americans and Canadians each year. Narcotic painkillers are known to cause a desperate physical addiction in patients – leading to withdrawal symptoms and increased consumption. Side effects of these drugs can range from nausea and diarrhea to muscle spasms and increased likelihood of heart attacks.

On the other hand cannabis (specifically the active compound THC) is renowned by doctors, professionals, and scientists for it’s analgesic (pain-numbing) qualities. Cannabis has little to no negative side-effects and can be just as effective as these harmful alternatives. More doctors should research the positives of offering medicinal marijuana to their patients that are experiencing pain and discomfort.

CBD or Cannabidiol is responsible for the rest of the benefits concerning physical recovery. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that has medicinal qualities. CBD can also be derived from the hemp plant.

Along with relieving pain, CBD can also reduce inflammation in the body. This is done through the induction of apoptosis and inhibition of cell proliferation. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties cannabis is known to protect the heart, lungs, and brains. Some may feel sick after an intense workout – CBD is frequently used to reduce nausea. Cannabinoids actually reduce muscle spasms while painkillers induce them.

Body-builders and athletes are always looking for optimum nutrition. Cannabis can help increase appetite – allowing users to eat more in a specific time period. This could be used effectively to eat certain foods and achieve physical goals. In addition, Hemp (part of the Cannabis family) produces a dense vegan protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. Hemp protein is a healthy alternative to whey and soy.

World-class athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are a testament that you can be a “pot-head” and still perform at the highest levels. It is all about mature and responsible use in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. Sports players, business professionals, parents, and conscious individuals are waking up to the endless positives of going green.

These are all reasons why I refer to Cannabis as the “Powerplant”. There are so many ways that it can Power our Body and Mind. Using marijuana in a safe, mature, and thoughtful manner can enhance the quality of your life substantially.

UFC 202 made huge headlines when Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz met in the cage for the second time. However, not all of these headlines were about the fight. Controversy began during the…