Nate Diaz had a little shock value left for everyone after his UFC 202 defeat to Conor McGregor.
At the post-fight press conference, Diaz started to smoke on the dais. It caught the media off-guard and called into question what exactly he was smoking. The speculation didn’t take long to be resolved.
Diaz was vaping.
Exactly what was he vaping? Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.
Per Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, writing for Huffington Post, CBD is one of the many chemicals in marijuana plants. The chemical “does not make people high and is not intoxicating.” The chemical is possibly therapeutic.
How will the CBD affect Diaz with his post-fight testing? That’s not exactly clear.
Combat Sports Law broke down the difference in testing procedures by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The NAC adopts the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) guidelines, which ends with the post-fight sample being given. Whereas the UFC-USADA agreement extends the in-competition testing for six hours after the conclusion of the scheduled bout.
It is unknown when Diaz provided his samples or if his vaping during the media scrum would even lead to a positive test.
It is just one more story to keep an eye on in the coming days and weeks.