High Times Magazine has a great in-depth interview with Nick Diaz, who has somewhat unwillingly become the posterboy for marijuana in mixed martial arts. A lot of fighters smoke the ganja, but it’s Nick’s history of repeated drug test failures and rambling interviews that have really cemented people’s perceptions of him as a stereotypical pothead.
Of course, there’s way more to Nick than just smoking pot. The guy is a phenomenal athlete who does ironman triathlons on his weekends off from training for fights. His boxing is so good that he’s basically stopped using his jiu jitsu, which is too bad because he’s phenomenal at that too. But yeah, weed does play into his everyday life. Here’s what he told High Times about his habit:
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. 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 on—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 sh*t, 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.
If he’s trying to wake up, he’s gonna wanna smoke. If he’s trying to get to bed, he’s gonna wanna smoke. Pre-training? Smoking could definitely help. Post-training … the perfect time to smoke!