The fans favourite Nate Diaz makes his octagon return on Saturday competing with Anthony Pettis, his old rival in his home of California. Diaz hasn’t fought since August 2016 when he lost to Conor McGregor in a majority decision at the UFC 202. The Stockton native reminded his fans of his unique personality by smoking a cannabidiol on the stage.
After his rematch defeat to The Notorious, Diaz infamously smoked CBD oil-which was banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency at the time. However, the USADA has made cannabidiol legal in and out of the competition.
Diaz took advantage of the updated rules by producing his own Game Up Nutrition CBD line. The UFC also signed an agreement with Aurora Cannabis to assist fighters in taking supplements after a fight to treat aches and pains.
Diaz told ESPN that he was the pioneer for the UFC fighters to have the once prohibited drug legal.
Diaz said if they saw how he landed a great CBD deal for the UFC. He further stated that CBD is now present in every sport and athletic competition- from football to basketball to wrestling rings, CBD is legal and UFC is paid out!
He added that everyone has jumped on the CBD bandwagon because of him. He apparently started the CBD movement, says Diaz.
His brother Nick was given a five-year ban after he failed the post-fight drug test for marijuana metabolites after his loss to Anderson Silva in 2013.
In a pre-fight drug screening, Silva tested positive for oxazepam, drostanolone, temazepam and androstane, and the fight was proclaimed a no contest. Nick spent about four months appealing his failed marijuana test and gradually got it reduced to 18 months with a £82,000 fine.
However, the MMA veteran has not battled since the middleweight battle at UFC 183 after all the time spent appealing the decision. Because Nick failed to pay his NSAC penalties, in his high-profile battles with McGregor he was not qualified to corner his brother.
What is CBD?
CBD or cannabidiol is a hemp derived compound which is an anti-inflammatory chemical with healing capabilities. There are many medical benefits of using CBD, as claimed by several patients who have used it to treat their anxiety, inflammation, stress, depression and other ailments.
The federal government in the United States legalized hemp-derived cannabinoids under the Farm Bill in december 2018, thereby removing CBD from the list of controlled substances. According to the federal regulations, CBD products are legal for production, processing, sales and consumption, however the maximum limit for THC is 0.3% per unit. If any product contains traces of THC amounting to more than 0.3%, the product will be considered illegal.
Many states have legalized hemp derived CBD, but there is still some hesitation among consumers about the safety and effects of CBD. There is not much evidence that backs up the medicinal claims of CBD.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting in May to discuss the regulatory framework for CBD and its other products. The meeting was attended by several renowned scientists, researchers, law enforcement officials, consumers, business leaders and many others.
The agency is yet to declare any official statement about CBD’s regulatory framework, however it has warned companies not to market or advertise their CBD products as a treatment to prescription drugs or with medicinal benefits.
It recently issued a warning letter to Curaleaf for advertising their CBD products claiming medical benefits, which is strictly prohibited by the agency. A spokesperson from the FDA said that the agency is highly concerned about the health of consumers and want to ensure that CBD is a safe product to consume in any form. Till the time the agency clears off CBD as a safe substance, companies have to take additional precautions to ensure they are not violating any regulations laid out by the FDA.