Nate Diaz smokes cannabis oil with fans days ahead of UFC 241 fight – his first bout since defeat to Conor McGregor NATE DIAZ showed he was totally relaxed ahead of his fight at UFC 241 this Nate Diaz got kicked out of school for fighting and smoking weed. Now look at how he makes his living.
Nate Diaz smokes cannabis oil with fans days ahead of UFC 241 fight – his first bout since defeat to Conor McGregor
NATE DIAZ showed he was totally relaxed ahead of his fight at UFC 241 this weekend – by smoking CANNABIS oil with fans during open workouts.
The fan favourite makes his octagon return on Saturday facing old rival Anthony Pettis in his home of California.
Nate Diaz smoked cannabis oil on stage during the UFC 241 open workouts Credit: 2019 Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC
Diaz makes his octagon return on Saturday facing old rival Anthony Pettis in his home of California Credit: 2019 Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC
Having not fought since a majority decision loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016 the Stockton native reminded fans of his unique character by smoking CBD oil on stage.
Diaz infamously smoked CBD oil after his rematch defeat to The Notorious – which at the time was on the United States Anti-Doping Agency banned substance list.
However, USADA have since made it legal in and out of competition.
Diaz profited by the update to the rules by producing his own CBD line Game Up Nutrition.
Diaz told ESPN he was the pioneer to having the once banned substance legal for fighters in the UFC.
What is CBD oil?
CBD cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.
This low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal.
Products are required to contain less than 0.05% THC.
THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
There have been high profile calls for higher concentration oil to be made legal.
The family of epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell, 12, were granted an exemption by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take concentrated CBD cannabis oil after insisting it was a lifeline.
And Alfie Dingley’s parents say the six-year-old should be allowed the same treatmentafter describing its impact on his seizures as “nothing short of a miracle”.
On November 1, 2018, medical cannabis became available to patients in the UK on NHS prescription.
He said: “Did you see that CBD deal I got for the UFC? They got a huge deal – you’re welcome motherf***ers!
“That’s cool, but can I get my points? Who brought CBD to the table?
“Now everybody has got these CBD sponsorships. Now it’s in football, in basketball, and it’s legal. UFC is paid out.
“Everybody is in the cannabis movement now ‘cause of your boy.
“I appreciate the love from the UFC, for showing who started this gangster s***.”
Silva later tested positive for drostanolone, androstane, oxazepem, and temazepam in a pre-fight drug screening and the fight was declared a no-contest.
Nate Diaz laughs when he thinks about marijuana’s growing popularity
Think back to 2004, the year Nate Diaz made his professional MMA debut at WEC 12.
Back then, zero states legalized marijuana for recreational use. The number of states with legalized medical marijuana was 12. Fifteen years later, 12 states have legalized recreational marijuana use. The number of states that allow medical marijuana use is now up to 21.
Of course, federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana in the U.S. But the overall public opinion on cannabis has drastically changed. Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, is all the rage right now because of its perceived health benefits. For evidence of this, look no further than the UFC’s recent multi-year partnership with Aurora Cannabis.
So, yeah, we’ve come a long way since 2004 and since that time the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency basically lost its mind over Diaz vaping CBD oil at the UFC 202 news conference in 2016.
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Diaz can only marvel and laugh at this new perception of weed.
“You know what’s crazy to me, the best part about this whole thing is … I got kicked out of school for fighting and selling weed. And now for a professional career I’m fighting and selling CBD,” Diaz told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter on Friday. “Cannabis is coming soon.”
Diaz continued, “It all worked out. I never thought it was bad to begin with. I thought it was all positive, productive. I don’t think people should be going out and smoking weed. I don’t want to put that look out or anything. But as an athlete, I think you should be smoking some marijuana, if you choose to do something to help you get through the day, instead of sticking a bunch of steroids in your ass and taking a bunch of faulty supplements.”
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Earlier this week at UFC 241 open workouts, Diaz set the internet on fire when he blazed a blunt on stage, which he said was a CBD cigarette from his own Game Up Nutrition line.
On Saturday night, Diaz returns to the octagon for the first time in three years when he takes on Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Win or lose, think we’ll see him light up again during the post-event news conference?
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