PAIN AND INFLAMMATION - WHY MARTIAL ARTISTS PREFER CANNABIS BASED MEDICINE
NATE DIAZ AND CONOR MCGREGOR - BROTHERS IN ARMS
Nate Diaz, the famous UFC fighte recently made major waves by vaping on Live TV. For the uninitialte, Nick and brother Nate Diaz are the perhaps the most notorious patrons of both Martial Arts and Cannabis Sports.
"If I'm going to train all day, when I get done, I'm gonna want to smoke,"
UFC veteran Nate Diaz and arch enemy / friend of superstar Conor McGregor got a slap on the wrist. The straightforward and non-bullshiting Diaz accepted a public warning by the USADA for his admitted use of CBD, a banned substance. CBD by the way, is a medicinal ingredient found in some forms of cannabis that is non-psychoactive.
What really happened is that the USADA have to cater to the Fed's policy that anything derived from a hemp plant is illegal, never mind if the substance is very medicinal, non-toxic and is absolutely useless as a street drug.Last year at UFC 183 marked the third time Nick Diaz had tested positive for marijuana metabolites. This time, however, there was so much controversy surrounding the issue that even a petition was filed to the White House to reduce his suspension.
Previously, at UFC 183, Bro Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites. He could have passed if he as taking a myriad of pharmaceuticals, but the non-performance enhancing THC is still on the list of prohibited substances. The former welterweight champ presented a legitimate defense to the Nevada Athletic Commission but was ridiculously suspended for five years and received a $165,000 fine. A suspension for harmless weed that exceeds any ban for substance abuse in any professional sport worldwide. His opponent Anderson Silva, who defeated Diaz via unanimous decision, also tested positive for steroids, a serious offense, but only received a one-year ban.
The news caused the MMA community to amalgamate and support Diaz. His legal team campaigned hard against the punishment and the NAC was forced to reduce his sentence to 18 months with a $65,000 from his fine. Silva's win over Diaz was ruled No Contest.
BROTHER NICK DIAZ ON MARIJUANA
"If I'm at home and I'm training - ??doing my same things every day - ??then I'm definitely going to want to use cannabis," Diaz said. "It's gonna help. I'm trying to stay focused on what I'm doing. I don't want a whole lot of things going onâ??people to call back, or text messages or whatever. I chill out, relax a little bit, and then I don't have those issues. If I'm going to train all day, when I get done, I'm gonna want to smoke. If I have to go and train all day, before I go, I'm gonna want to smoke. If I wake up in the morning and feel beat to shit, and it's going to take me forever to wake up, I smoke some weed and I wake right up. Then I have breakfast and I go do a workout." - Nick Diaz
Why do fighters use CBD? Check out what Google says first. CBD is:
- Anti-inflammatory - treats inflammatory disorders
Antioxidant - combats neurodegenerative disorders
Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer - kills tumor and cancer cells
Anxiolytic/Antidepressant - helps anxiety and depression disorders
Anti-seizure, appetite normalizer, blood thinner, reduces blood pressure,
Following his majority decision loss to McGregor in UFC 202 the brazen and naive Diaz openly smoked a vape while fielding queries from the media. CBD has has become popular among fighters for inflammation, pain and relaxation, without getting stoned. CBD replaces corticosteroids, opiates and tranquilizers which are implicated in erratic behavior, terrible side effects which cause careers - and even lives to end prematurely.
MMA athletes and wrestlers that take a cocktail of steroids, pain killers, hormones and what not, very often perish from strange conditions, which are no doubt caused by their medication choices. This is why cannabis based medicines are a godsend. While they have side effects, the harm is negligible in comparison to most pharmaceutical preparations, according to hundreds of peer reviewed journals published worldwide. When Diaz was asked, what was in the device?, he said "it's CBD oil, it helps in his recovery process." It turns out that CBD (Cannabidiol) is a banned substance up to six hours after competition. For what reason this rule exists, we haven't found anyone that knows what the point is.
USADA then had to investigate Diaz's admitted use of a banned substance.
The anti-doping agency found that Diaz mistakenly believed the timeframe in which Cannabinoids are banned ended immediately after the end of the fight, which indeed is the case given the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The USADA found that Diaz passed in-competition blood and urine samples prior to his use of the vape pen. As a result, USADA felt a public warning was appropriate. Kudos to the USADA for being reasonable and acted in the best interest of the humans involved.
Diaz has been low key since UFC 202 also faced potential sanctions for his part in a pre-fight ruckus with foe/partner McGregor. Both Diaz and McGregor want a third fight, which should be a doozy. McGregor himself was recently fined $150,000 by the Nevada Athletic commission for throwing water bottles at a media event, to which McGregor responded by saying,
"I will never fight in Nevada again. Good luck trying to get it ($150,000 fine)." - Conor McGregor
AT THE END OF THE DAY - YOU CAN JUST SAY NO
Surely a lot of what these boys are doing is cheap theatre, but these MMA fighters are making waves for real. The fighters agree that steroids are dangerous but pot is nothing but a positive for the athletes, during training and after a fight. And now the fighters are taking on the petty administrators. If people get together and just say together to anti-citizen marijuana laws, there is no question that the petty and compliant bureaucrats will be forced to change their tune.
“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it,” “I’m free to do what I want. … I’m good. I’m good. New York, New York. That’s what I think.”McGregor - RollingStone.com.
Nick, Nate and McGregor show the way.
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