Canadian cannabis company partners with UFC on CBD research project

UFC fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida kicks his opponent, Josh Koscheck, during the UFC's Fight for the Troops event held at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)

Aurora Cannabis has partnered with mixed martial arts organization UFC on a multi-year, multi-million dollar, global partnership to advance 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.”

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.

Clinical studies will focus on pain management, inflammation, injury/exercise recovery, and mental well-being.

Aurora’s research will be led by Dr. Jason Dyck, Professor at the University of Alberta and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine. He also serves as an independent director on the board of Aurora Cannabis, where he provides valuable oversight for the company’s scientific efforts.

“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.”

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 and has served more than 400 athletes over the past two years. The facility is described as a “global leader in athletic performance research and provides support and educational services to athletes on health, well-being, nutrition, and injury prevention.”

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