Nate Diaz Post-Fight Vaping Changed UFC and WADA Drug Testing Forever – Yahoo Sports

When Nate Diaz pulled out a vape pen during the UFC 202 post-fight press conference after losing the rematch against  Conor McGregor in August 2016 and inhaled CBD (Cannabidiol), he didn’t know that the first puff would change UFC and the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) regulations.

Diaz pushed the envelope.  His violation of the rules sparked a change.

CBD, which doesn’t have the intoxicating effect of marijuana, is a derivative of the plant.  CBD is legal in all 50 states for its wide-ranging health benefits, but yet it was banned by anti-doping standards put in place by WADA. The UFC adheres to WADA’s policies.

UFC Vice President of Athletic Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky didn’t think the policy was fair to the athletes. 

“A big point of contention I have with athletic commissions, really, really frustrated, and that’s the marijuana rules,” Novitzky said while appearing on a recent Joe Rogan MMA Show podcast.

“ When Nate fought Conor, I think the second time, (Diaz) goes to the press conference after and takes out a vape pen. And someone asked him what he was doing and he

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