ALMOST HALF of MMA fighters have taken banned hashish for restoration or leisure functions, a shock survey revealed.
A ballot of 170 fighters performed by The Athletic discovered 49.5 per cent of them had used marijuana for both restoration or leisure functions throughout their profession.
And an extra 4.6 per cent have used hashish previously however don’t any extra whereas 76.5 per cent of fighters additionally admitted they’ve used cannabidiol (CBD).
The UFC’s senior vp of athlete well being and efficiency Jeff Novitzky admitted the stats don’t come as a shock to him.
Novitzky stated: “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 No1 subject of questions that I’m requested from fighters.”
A number of excessive profile fighters have confronted suspensions after testing optimistic for hashish – most notably Nick Diaz.
Nate’s older brother examined optimistic for marijuana after his combat in opposition to Anderson Silva in 2013 and after initially dealing with a FIVE YEAR ban – it was later dropped to a 12 months and half.
Because the ordeal Diaz has nonetheless not returned to the cage, whereas present middleweight Kelvin Gastelum just lately accomplished a five-month ban for testing optimistic for hashish after his loss to Darren Until in November.
The World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) has hashish listed as a banned in-competition substance together with CBD and the UFC’s chosen testers, United States Anti-Doping Company (USADA) adheres to WADA’s listing.
MMA fighters should not allowed to check optimistic for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the first constituent in hashish, in concentrations increased than 150 ng/mL from weigh-ins until after the combat.
However the threshold was elevated from 2013 when it was simply 15 ng/mL.
As extra states ease their restrictions on marijuana, Novitzky hopes the substance ultimately will get taken off WADA’s banned listing.
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He stated: “This anti-doping was speculated to be put in place for the safety and well being and security of the athletes. It’s really, should you have a look at it, pushing athletes to extra harmful, extra addictive medicine.
“That’s the most important downside I see with that. I can nearly assure you (that occurs) as a result of I’ve had these conversations with a few of our athletes after I inform them that marijuana must be discontinued a couple of weeks out from the combat.
“That’s blood on the fingers of the anti-doping motion and WADA proper there. That’s the most important cause why I believe that these guidelines should be modified and uniformly. We have to take marijuana off the prohibited listing.”