Nate Diaz is now under intense speculation, after the loss to his rival Conor McGregor, from U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for using a vaporizer at a post competition conference. The mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete had already completed a pre and post competition drug screening and has never tested positive for any drugs in his system. UFC’s policy states that cannabis is strictly prohibited within the in-competition window which ends six hours after a fight concludes. (Freedom Leaf)
During the post competition conference in Las Vegas Nevada, when speculators inquired about what Nate Diaz was vaping he was quoted saying “It’s CBD. 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.” (Freedom Leaf)
Although cannabis is strictly prohibited, CBD or Cannabidiol is not entirely the same thing. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis that induces intoxication or in other words gives users the “high” feeling,(Live Science) these as well as over 60 other compounds are present in marijuana. While CBD is in fact 1 of the 60 a compounds found in cannabis, (Leaf Science) it can not be tested for in traditional drug screenings and is a separate compound entirely from THC. CBD does not have any psychoactive properties and is the major compound found in cannabis responsible for medicinal benefits. (Leaf Science)
According to the Press Release, “Cannabis is used by many professional athletes—such as MMA fighters, NFL players and Olympic athletes—as a more natural pain reliever and recovery tool. Research shows it’s less addictive than most opioid pain medications used to treat high-impact sport athletes. Medicinal cannabis can be used as an anti-inflammatory and provides relief for chronic pain. In addition, cannabis use can help reduce nausea, decrease muscle spasms and help an athlete relax post-workout.” (Freedom Leaf)
This is absolutely correct, however it seems that the USADA does not know or care the difference between cannabis and its compounds CBD and THC. The USADA was also quoted saying, “marijuana is banned from in-competition use because it could provide possible health risks to athletes and potentially contains performance-enhancing components.” (Freedom Leaf) Vaping CBD oil carries no higher health risk than vaping in general and it is entirely not possible for CBD oil to contain performance enhancing properties. Additionally, the USADA appears to be ignorant to the fact that Nate Diaz was not using marijuana, so to speak, but a THC-free CBD extract.
CBD oil is safer and less intoxicating than traditional narcotics. It has a whole host of other positive benefits such as reducing nausea and vomiting, its suppresses seizure activity, combats psychosis disorders, combats neurodegenerative disorders, and studies have shown that it can shrink tumors and combat cancerous cells. (Medical Marijauna Statistics 2016)
Nate Diaz says he was vaping the CBD oil vape pens from Dream Steam to help with inflammation and recovery, but as previously stated there are many other reasons he could be using the healing oil for. Cannabis is a banned drug under UFC regulations, (Freedom Leaf) there is not a ban on Cannabidiol. There is even a synthetic pharmaceutical version of CBD called Epidiolex, the medication is still in trials and is presently being given to children to combat seizures. (Leaf Science)
Unfortunately for Nate Diaz his career and his lightweight 20-11 record may be one the line for his public post competition use of the CBD oil. (Cannabisser) USADA representative Ryan Madden released a statement only to say that the USADA is in route of figuring out their next action. (Freedom Leaf) Maybe next time the US Anti-Doping Agency would have Mr. Diaz use Oxycontin an opium derivative instead of the healing oil. The USADA should be careful with their next move, the controversy is stewing.
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