A brand new report from The Athletic suggests that just about half of MMA fighters now use marijuana for restoration or leisure functions.

The Athletic polled 170 MMA fighters from promotions everywhere in the world and located that 45.9 % use marijuana, whereas 76.5 % say they’ve used CBD merchandise. Moreover, 4.7 % of the fighters polled used marijuana up to now however now don’t.

Try a Tweet beneath from The Athletic’s Greg Rosenstein with the numbers.

New on @TheAthleticMMA : After a ballot of 170 fighters… – 45.9% stated they at present use marijuana for both restoration or leisure functions. – 76.5% stated they’ve used CBD merchandise.

UFC Senior VP of Athlete Well being and Efficiency supplied the next quote concerning the examine’s findings.

“I believe that sounds fairly correct. I’ve by no means polled our roster — it’s all anecdotal — however I’ve had many, many, many discussions. It’s most likely the No. 1 subject of questions that I’m requested from fighters,” Novitzky stated.

It’s broadly recognized that many MMA fighters use marijuana both to assist get better and heal from accidents incurred throughout coaching or in fights, or some simply use it recreationally, however the precise quantity has by no means been recognized. Whereas not each single fighter within the sport was requested by the Athletic in the event that they used marijuana, a great and honest illustration was concerned within the examine, making its findings seem like fairly correct.

The game has seen the legal guidelines towards marijuana loosen up lately, although we nonetheless aren’t on the level the place it’s accepted all over the place. Kelvin Gastelum, for example, lately completed up a suspension after testing optimistic for marijuana following his battle towards Darren Until. Whereas we’re nonetheless not on the level the place fighters aren’t getting sanctioned for utilizing it, the very fact nearly half of MMA fighters use suggests the foundations want much more loosening.

Are you stunned in any respect by the variety of MMA fighters who use marijuana?