ALMOST HALF of MMA fighters have taken banned hashish for restoration or leisure functions, a shock survey revealed.
A ballot of 170 fighters carried out by The Athletic discovered 49.5 per cent of them had used marijuana for both restoration or leisure functions throughout their profession.
And an additional 4.6 per cent have used hashish prior to now however don’t any extra whereas 76.5 per cent of fighters additionally admitted they’ve used cannabidiol (CBD).
The UFC’s senior vice chairman of athlete well being and efficiency Jeff Novitzky admitted the stats don’t come as a shock to him.
Novitzky mentioned: “I feel 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 in all probability the No1 matter 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 battle towards Anderson Silva in 2013 and after initially dealing with a FIVE YEAR ban – it was later dropped to a 12 months and half.
For the reason that ordeal Diaz has nonetheless not returned to the cage, whereas present middleweight Kelvin Gastelum not too long ago 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 usually are not allowed to check optimistic for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the first constituent in hashish, in concentrations larger than 150 ng/mL from weigh-ins until after the battle.
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 finally will get taken off WADA’s banned listing.
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He mentioned: “This anti-doping was alleged to be put in place for the safety and well being and security of the athletes. It’s truly, if you happen to have a look at it, pushing athletes to extra harmful, extra addictive medication.
“That’s the most important drawback I see with that. I can virtually assure you (that occurs) as a result of I’ve had these conversations with a few of our athletes once I inform them that marijuana must be discontinued just a few weeks out from the battle.
“That’s blood on the fingers of the anti-doping motion and WADA proper there. That’s the most important cause why I feel that these guidelines must be modified and uniformly. We have to take marijuana off the prohibited listing.”