Aurora Cannabis, UFC Launch Study on CBD’s Effect on MMA

New study will examine the potential use of hemp-derived CBD to treat the pain and recovery of mixed martial arts athletes.
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November 8, 2019

Aurora Cannabis, UFC Launch Study on CBD’s Effect on MMA

Aurora Cannabis and the UFC have launched a joint clinical research program to examine the use of hemp-derived CBD as an effective treatment for pain, inflammation, wound-healing and recovery for mixed martial arts athletes.

The research partnership is aimed at understanding key health and recovery needs of elite athletes in the highly physical sport of mixed martial arts. Research data from the program will be used to drive the development of science-backed, hemp-derived CBD topicals. Once research is complete, any resulting product will come to life in the U.S. under the new high-performance sports brand ROAR Sports and earn designation as an “Official CBD product of UFC.”

“Collaborating with Aurora is the best way to educate ourselves and our fighters about the impact of CBD on MMA athletes and our sport,” says Dr. Duncan French, vice president, performance, UFC. “We want to apply science and see where it leads us. Ideally, these studies will give us the clarity we need to determine the

effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD on athlete health and injury recovery.”

Hemp-derived CBD products have been used in a variety of health and fitness products. Items infused with CBD include

dog treats


energy drinks


skincare items


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