CBD and UFC💯

Research on Use of Hemp-Derived CBD Products by MMA Athletes


Nate Diaz smokes a joint while working out 😂

Nate Diaz lit one up for the people at open workouts #UFC241

“I gotta smoke the weed after the fight,” he joked.

Nate Diaz lit up a joint and then passed it around the fans as he worked out ahead of his UFC return.

Nate Diaz: “I’m The Don of all this s***, anyone says otherwise… I beg to differ”

Diaz later revealed the joint was from his own line of CBD products and is perfectly legal💯

And he sparked controversy by lighting up at the open workouts before revealing it was a perfectly legal CBD joint from his own line of cannabis products.

“[The rise of CBD] is crazy. It’s real cool that everyone’s up on game now. They stuck their head in the bucket a bit after we brought it to their attention.

Nate Diaz says that the UFC told him that he didn’t need to show up at media day and why he recommends athletes use CBD and not PEDs.

Aurora Cannabis and UFC💯

Aurora Cannabis and UFC® Launch Clinical Research on Use of Hemp-Derived CBD Products by MMA Athletes

Aurora Cannabis the Canadian company that’s defining the future of cannabis worldwide, and UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, are proud to announce the launch of a joint clinical research program that will produce multiple studies under the terms of their recently announced partnership.

The research will examine the use of hemp-derived CBD as an effective treatment for pain, inflammation, wound-healing, and recovery on MMA athletes.

The ground-breaking research partnership is aimed at understanding key health and recovery needs of elite athletes in such a highly physical and competitive sport as mixed martial arts. Research data will then be used to drive the development of science-backed, hemp-derived CBD topicals that will be safe and reliable. These new products will help combat the rapidly growing market of untested CBD treatments currently being used by high-performance and non-professional athletes.


Once research is complete, any resulting product will come to life in the U.S. under the new high-performance sports brand ROAR Sports, a portfolio of high-quality, hemp-derived CBD topical treatments scientifically formulated with elite athletes in mind. Through analysis of athlete needs and scientific data, ROAR Sports will challenge the status quo, seek to alleviate the stresses of competition, and earn designation as the “Official CBD product of UFC.”

The multi-phase clinical study at the UFC Performance Institute® in Las Vegas will be led by Dr. Jason Dyck, Chair of Aurora’s Global Scientific Oversight Committee; Dr. Kelly Narine, Aurora’s Vice President Global Research and Medical Affairs; and the team of sports performance experts at the UFC Performance Institute, led by Dr. Duncan French, UFC Vice President of Performance. Using active UFC athletes on a strictly voluntary basis, the study will help establish peer-reviewed, publishable research in this area. Products will be developed in full compliance with U.S. federal law and with UFC’s anti-doping program, which adheres to WADA and USADA regulations.

“Our partnership with UFC is about committing to the science that will educate and advocate,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth. “We are going to work together to change the way people think, to change the industry, and to launch the first hemp-derived CBD products that are backed by scientific research. The brand-building and product development are all part of our move into the U.S., and in collaboration with UFC, and we intend to play a major role in that market.”


“We know anecdotally that professional athletes across sports disciplines are turning to hemp-derived CBD treatments to assist with physical recovery, with varying degrees of success,” added Jason Dyck, Chair of Aurora’s Global Scientific Oversight Committee. “The work we do in partnership with UFC will create an evidence-based, science-backed pipeline of consistent, and ‘clean’ hemp-derived CBD topicals that the high-performance athletes of UFC can rely on to treat the pain, inflammation, injury and other conditions associated with competing at such a high level.”

“Collaborating with Aurora is the best way to educate ourselves and our fighters about the impact of CBD on MMA athletes and our sport,” said Dr. Duncan French, UFC’s Vice President of Performance. “We want to apply science and see where it leads us.  Ideally, these studies will give us the clarity we need to determine n the effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD on athlete health and injury recovery.”  

“Although CBD is allowed under USADA and WADA regulations, we want to be the leaders on educating UFC athletes on CBD use,” said Jeff Novitzky, UFC Senior Vice President of Athlete Health & Performance.  “Athlete safety is a top priority for UFC, and we will collaborate with Aurora to ensure that any new products are third-party tested for all WADA-prohibited substances to make certain they meet WADA standards.” 

cbdMD announced that the reigning UFC heavyweight world champion, Daniel “DC” Cormier, has officially partnered with Team cbdMD


“Daniel Cormier is the epitome of a champion in and out of the cage,” said Hans Molenkamp, representative of cbdMD. “His devotion to the sport is unprecedented and his commitment to the companies he represents are superlative. The addition of DC to the elite cbdMD roster shows his commitment in utilizing the benefits and advancement of CBD.”


Mixed martial arts leads the way in pioneering CBD for fighters in a new sporting revolution 

Mixed martial arts has always been a pioneering sport, pushing the boundaries and now it is doing so again which could have an impact on the entire world of sport.

Cannabidiol – commonly referred to as CBD – is the non-psychoactive, pain-relieving cannabinoid found in cannabis. As well as pain relief, CBD beings many other health benefits, reduces inflammation, possesses anti-cancer properties, and perhaps most importantly, appears to have neuro-protective plusses for sportsmen and women more prone to traumatic brain injury, such as NFL players, rugby players and MMA fighters.

Since last year, sports people have been permitted to use CBD because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted it from its list of banned substances. But that is changing. Fast. And MMA is leading the way. Some fighters pioneered its use, in defiance of the authorities, even before the ban was lifted. The Diaz brothers – Nick and Nate – two UFC stars who are becoming icons for a new “greener” lifestyle by pioneering gluten free diets, daily jujitsu practice and a medical/recreational use of cannabis.  


Greater numbers of fighters are beginning to make the clear argument that taking cannabis for injuries and as pain killers through camps, training and after fights, is more effective than over the counter or administered pain killers.

In recent times, the two biggest MMA fight leagues in the world – Bellator and the UFC – have aligned with CBD companies. CBDMD, one such company, is now a sponsor of CBS-owned Bellator MMA, while Canadian Aurora Cannabis has teamed up with the UFC on a new research project. 


 Hans Molenkamp, a long-time influential pioneer in marketing in MMA, was the figure who brought CBDMD to Bellator MMA. Molenkamp has had sponsorship involvement with brands such as Monster, Triumph, along with many of the biggest stars in MMA, including Conor McGregor, Rampage Jackson and Daniel Cormier, the current UFC heavyweight champion and one of the most respected athletes in the sport, who now has personal sponsorship from CBDMD.


 “The CBD oil entering into this space for me was a personal thing because I am so injured myself,” explained Molenkamp, having once been a sportsman himself in motocross and surfing. 

“I had a spinal fusion, my shoulder has been fused, my femur has been broken, my jaw has been broken, my orbital socket was busted – I’m a banged up individual. I’ve been through more body harm than any fighter,” explained the 42-year-old American business entrepreneur.

“I’ve been on both sides. I’ve a motor cross and surfing background. I’ve had serious injuries. I started taking CBD years ago.” It changed his life.

Molenkamp also knows what fighters go through, though he has not fought professionally himself but is a black belt in jiu jitsu and has fought in Thai boxing.

“When the company CBDMD approached me and wanted me to help from a brand building side I saw how it could help the athletes and organisations. And that it would be a gateway for alternative healing for these athletes that they didn’t have access to before. Now that it’s way more open and legitimate, we’re seeing a radical shift. We’re seeing a new onslaught of healing that will help fighters.”

Controversy, of course, has always surrounded the drug. But that has changed. “I think it’s moving at a pace that it’s much more widely accepted than a year ago,”

“CBDMD is a publicly traded company. I’m trying to bring awareness to it. I’m out here marketing this product because I believe in it.”


But the stigma it once held has certainly faded.

“The stigma is this. Multiple governments for multiple years have put such a bad stigma on cannabis and THC and anything that has anything to do with marijuana industry.

Most of that was based around false information and political gain so they could continue to make money with the laws against it.”

“As the walls and barriers against it have broken down in the last five years, you’re seeing a huge shift in public perception. You can’t deny this is the future and has to happen to heal people. I think we’re going to see some major shifts and plans on what CBD can do.”

Within the fighter community, its use is already widespread (indeed, many know in the industry that it was being used prior to WADA lifting the CBD ban.

“I think fighters are very aware of the effects of painkillers and what they can do to you long-term,” added Molenkamp. “I’ve been in this industry for 20 years and I’m not going to name names, but there was a very long run of athletes that were heavily addicted to painkillers that only only ruined their careers, but their families and household income.”

For some time, there has been major concern about fighters having addiction to painkillers – and indeed their long term affects. This week, Nate Diaz openly smoked CBD (minus THC) at a fighter work out. The message, says Molenkamp, is clear. 

“We all saw Nate Diaz the other night. It’s very clear the stand he’s taking. If it’s going to help heal and it’s not going to kill, these supreme athletes are putting their lives on the line, their bodies are mangled, and we need to be able to help them to heal. This goes for all sports in general. We need to give them access to methods that can heal their bodies in a way that won’t destroy their lives.” The revolution is coming for sportsmen and women. And it is just getting started.


Green Monkey has signed distribution contracts to supply drink to four new markets


European export deals for cannabis oil drink💯

A cannabis oil drink manufacturer which only started trading last year has secured a quartet of new European export contracts.

Birmingham-based Green Monkey produces a range of cannabidiol (CBD) products which it will now export to international markets after signing deals with distributors Food Link in Denmark, Triple A Gourmet in Spain, Jean Philippe Silva in France and Rocwell Water in Ireland.

Green Monkey started trading in November and has already celebrated a milestone by producing its one millionth can.

The Cannabis Trade Association, which has over 700 members across Europe, claims the number of CBD users is doubling every year and financial reports suggest the global market could be worth as much as £22 billion in the next decade.

Green Monkey’s chief executive Serge Davies said expansion into Europe was only the start of the journey for the company in its plans to go global.

“We are naturally delighted to sign these deals which means the Green Monkey brand will grow across the world and we can continue to expand,” he said.

“The demand for CBD is growing exponentially and more and more people are seeing the benefits through research that is coming through.

“We are very much a wellbeing brand and we are looking to expand not only our team but also our range of wellbeing products.”

René Boysen, marketing manager at Food Link, added: “We have had Green Monkey on our radar for a number of months and we are pleased to announce this deal which will mean that our customers in Denmark will be able to purchase the Green Monkey range.

“The demand for wellbeing products in Denmark is increasing and as such we need to make sure that we are always finding new products to satiate this.

“We are looking forward to working with Green Monkey over the coming years.”


CBD Infused Ice Cream💚

Ben & Jerry’s


Ice-cream maker to add cannabidiol to its products

waiting isn’t working🌍

Usually people reach for the ice-cream after ingesting cannabis.

Now hippie-capitalist ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s is hoping to speed the whole process up by producing CBD-infused ice-cream.

You probably already know that we’re fans of all things groovy — think: Half Baked and Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies. So it’s no surprise that we can’t wait to get into the latest food trend: cannabidiol, or CBD. We are committed to bringing CBD-infused ice cream to your freezer as soon as it’s legalized at the federal level.

On Trend

A recent National Restaurant Association survey found that three in four chefs named CBD – and cannabis-infused food as a hot trend in 2019. “We’re doing this for our fans,” said Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy. “We’ve listened and brought them everything from Non-Dairy indulgences to on-the-go portions with our Pint Slices. We aspire to love our fans more than they love us and we want to give them what they’re looking for in a fun, Ben & Jerry’s way.”

But just chasing a trend isn’t quite enough for us. We want to use sustainably-sourced CBD from our home state of Vermont. After all, values-led sourcing is an important part of our process when we churn up new ice cream innovations. By using high-quality, sustainably-sourced ingredients, we support our linked prosperity model, ensuring that everyone involved with making our flavors — from the cocoa farmers to the Scoop Shop scoopers — is positively impacted. We source our brownies from Greyston Bakery, which has an innovative open-door hiring policy, and our cookie dough comes from Rhino Foods, which employs refugees and sources its dairy locally from the St. Albans Co-op.

Currently, the FDA prohibits adding CBD to food and beverages. But change is on the horizon: They’ve set a public hearing on the legalization of CBD-infused foods and beverages for May 31st, and we’ve submitted a comment to them in support of legalization.

Long known for stoner-hinting flavours such as Bonnaroo Buzz, Phish Food and Half Baked, the US company’s decision to add CBD to its products as soon as the plant extract is legalized at the federal level comes as the market of cannabinoids-infused products has exploded over the past several years.

As its stands, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits adding CBD to food and beverages, through the ordinance is lightly, if ever, enforced, and the regulatory body has announced a public hearing on the legalization on the issue for 31 May.

Ben & Jerry’s, which has submitted comment on the issue, is encouraging fans of its products to contact the FDA during a public consultation period on the use of CBD in food now through July.

The regulator has said it plans to use the public comments to inform a federal working group looking “to explore potential pathways for dietary supplements and/or conventional foods containing CBD to be lawfully marketed”.

The announcement steers Ben & Jerry’s firmly into the hottest trend in food. A recent survey published by the National Restaurant Association found that three in four chefs named CBD – and cannabis-infused food – as a hot trend in 2019.




Aurora and UFC, announce an exclusive, multi-year, multi-million dollar, global partnership

AURORA and UFC the future of cannabis worldwide.

Relationship between 100% hemp derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products and athlete wellness and recovery, with a view to accelerating CBD product development and education.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) the Canadian company defining the future of cannabis worldwide, and UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, are excited to announce an exclusive, multi-year, multi-million dollar, global partnership that is expected to significantly advance further clinical research on the relationship between 100% hemp derived Cannabidiol (CBD) products and athlete wellness and recovery, with a view to accelerating CBD product development and education.

UFC boasts more than 300 million fans worldwide, with programming that is broadcast to over 170 countries and territories, in 40 different languages, to over one billion TV households. 

The UFC Performance Institute, the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation, and training center, opened in Las Vegas in 2017  has served more than 400 athletes over the past two years.  The facility is a global leader in athletic performance research and provides support and educational services to athletes on health, well-being, nutrition, and injury prevention.

The research will be conducted at the UFC’s Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, in collaboration with UFC’s sports performance team, as well as with athletes who choose to participate in the studies.

“Since the day we opened the Performance Institute, our primary goal was to offer UFC athletes the best possible training, nutrition, and recovery services,” said UFC President Dana White.  “This partnership with Aurora is an extension of that goal, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Aurora to find new ways to improve the health and safety of athletes who compete in UFC.”

Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora added, “This global partnership places focus squarely on the health and well-being of UFC’s talented and highly trained athletes. The Aurora-UFC research partnership creates a global platform to launch targeted educational and awareness campaigns, while creating numerous opportunities to accelerate our global CBD business.”

About Aurora


Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with funded capacity in excess of 625,000 kg per annum and sales and operations in 24 countries across five continents, Aurora is one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies. Aurora is vertically integrated and horizontally diversified across every key segment of the value chain, from facility engineering and design to cannabis breeding and genetics research, cannabis and hemp production, derivatives, high value-add product development, home cultivation, wholesale and retail distribution.

Highly differentiated from its peers, Aurora has established a uniquely advanced, consistent and efficient production strategy, based on purpose-built facilities that integrate leading-edge technologies across all processes, defined by extensive automation and customization, resulting in the massive scale production of high-quality consistent product. Intended to be replicable and scalable globally, our production facilities are designed to produce cannabis of significant scale, with high quality, industry-leading yields, and low per gram production costs.


Each of Aurora’s facilities is built to meet European Union Good Manufacturing Practices (“EU GMP”) standards. Certification has been granted to Aurora’s first production facility in Mountain View County, the MedReleaf Markham facility, and its wholly owned European medical cannabis distributor Aurora Deutschland. All Aurora facilities are designed and built to the EU GMP standard.

standards. Certification has been granted to Aurora’s first production facility in Mountain View County, the MedReleaf Markham facility, and its wholly owned European medical cannabis distributor Aurora Deutschland. All Aurora facilities are designed and built to the EU GMP standard.

In addition to the Company’s rapid organic growth and strong execution on strategic M&A, which to date includes 17 wholly owned subsidiary companies –

MedReleaf, CanvasRX, Peloton Pharmaceutical, Aurora Deutschland, H2 Biopharma, Urban Cultivator, BC Northern Lights, Larssen Greenhouses, CanniMed Therapeutics, Anandia, HotHouse Consulting, MED Colombia, Agropro, Borela, ICC Labs, Whistler, and Chemi Pharmaceutical

(TSXV: RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. (TSXV: HEMP), Cann Group Ltd. (ASX: CAN), Micron Waste Technologies Inc. (CSE: MWM), Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO), CTT Pharmaceuticals (OTCC: CTTH), Alcanna Inc. (TSX: CLIQ), High Tide Inc. (CSE: HITI), EnWave Corporation (TSXV: ENW), Capcium Inc. (private), Evio Beauty Group (private), and Wagner Dimas (private).

Aurora’s Common Shares trade on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol “ACB”#