It wouldn’t be a Diaz fight without some sort of controversy involving marijuana, and it seems like Nate Diaz checked that particular box off last night during the UFC 202 post-event press interviews. The bruised and bloodied fighter can be seen during the official UFC video taking hits from a vape pen.When asked later what exactly was in the pen, Nate wasn’t shy about revealing its questionably legal nature.
“This is the ‘Tru’ company. It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with healing process and inflammation and stuff like that. So you wanna get these for before, after the fight, training. It’ll make your life a better place. CBD oil…if you don’t know what that is.”
So what exactly is CBD oil and is it basically marijuana?
To start off: yes, it’s basically marijuana…but not really the same thing at all. CBD oil is cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the marijuana plant. Different cannabinoids react differently with our brain receptors, and while the THC cannabinoid is famous for getting you stoned, the CBD cannabinoid’s reputation is heavily focused around its medicinal properties.
Many of the edibles and creams you see in weed dispensaries geared towards pain relief and management are CBD based, and studies have shown it is an effective treatment for promoting sleep and relieving inflammation, anxiety, and nausea. It has even been shown to shrink tumors in certain cases. New uses for CBD are being discovered constantly.
Now here’s the other question many people have: did Nate Diaz possibly violate USADA or NSAC rules by smoking his CBD vape pen on fight night? It comes down to whether Nate was considered ‘in-competition’ following the fight. Both organizations make no distinction between different types of cannabinoids, but only consider their presence a violation for in-competition tests, according to the Combat Sports Law Blog.