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USADA Rule Change CBD after Nate Diaz CBD MMA Incident.

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USADA Change Rules for CBD following Nate Diaz CBD MMA Incident.

In this excerpt from the new Joe Rogan MMA Show Podcast #9, Joe chats with Jeff Novitzky, the Vice President for Athlete Health & Performance for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on CBD in MMA.

In this video, they reference the infamous time that UFC fighter Nate Diaz, post-fight, was vaping during his post-fight conference. When quizzed what he was vaping he stated that it was CBD and that he takes it post fight to aid in his recovery.

Nate Diaz stated the following during the incident: “It’s CBD,” Diaz said at the time. “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.” Having done this Nate Diaz was warned by the regulatory bodies. Although the damage had already been done, the USADA had no real choice but to change the classification of CBD.

The aftermath of the Nate Diaz CBD Vaping incident.

This caused large controversy as the current ruling at the time because CBD was not permitted, which extends for a period after the fight. The act of vaping CBD this on the stage within the 4hr window technically put Nate Diaz in violation of this rule. Thanks to Nate Diaz the future of UFC looks to include CBD with no repercussions, the way it should be.

Watch the video for the complete story but thankfully common sense prevailed in this instance and a rule change came about that was subsequently nicknamed the “Nate Diaz Rule”. This rule stated that CBD was permitted at all times in competition with no restrictions. This was driven in the most part by the change in the stance of Cannabidiol by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), who stated in September 2017 that CBD would be removed from the banned substances list beginning 2018.

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Jeff Novitzky explains that many fighters have a regimen where they take Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements as part of their healthy diet and lifestyle.