There are many ways to prepare for competition, and a lot of us use supplements whether they are legal or not. So, as I am preparing for my “High Rollerz” debut, a tournament that requires its participants to “indulge” in cannabis use before they step on the mats, I realized I needed to work on more things than my jiu-jitsu before compete. I also needed to work on my THC tolerance.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. What does that mean? It means that it will make you forget how to think thoughts. So I am replacing my pre-workout supplements with cannabis products to get ready.
On the first day of my change over, I didn’t realize I was ten minutes late for my strength and conditioning program. So I got an Uber and went straight to the gym because I am a responsible adult who wasn’t very responsible with the number of edibles I ate. Always wait an hour or two before upping your dose because 50 milligrams is a lot to take if you are a first-timer.
When I arrived at the gym, I promptly realized there was a smoothie bar and quickly learned another lesson; never take indica based cannabis products before a workout. I devoured three smoothies and took a nap in the locker room. So technically, my first day wasn’t officially my first day. It took a few tries to get used to the habit of smoking a lower percentage Sativa before a training session.
For those curious about the difference between Indica and Sativa, Sativas are a more uplifting and stimulating high, and indicas are more relaxed. Indicas originated in the Middle East, in places like Afghanistan and Tibet. Sativas originated in Asia, Central, and South America. You might as well know the origins of what you are smoking, am I right?
Eddie Bravo, who is the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, said that “Cannabis is a mood enhancer.”, which I can agree with. But, training under the influence of cannabis has also made me learn more about myself and look at the art of jiu-jitsu from a different perspective.
I like to consider myself a very analytical person, and smoking weed made me see the transitions I was going to do the next three moves ahead. That’s because being high gave me the confidence to execute the moves without thinking twice about them.
But, don’t let the confident smirk on my profile picture of this blog fool you. I have the self-esteem of a high schooler who got ghosted by his prom date. Yes, I was that high schooler.
Rolling under the influence of cannabis makes me feel like I am operating on autopilot. I don’t even remember half my rolls after the training session. I’m the type of person who likes to be in control of myself in everything I do. So losing that control makes it a scary process for me. It’s like life, and before I get on a tangent on how jiu-jitsu and life are parallel, I would like to remind you, the reader, that I am pretty high while writing this blog.
Sometimes developing the habit of letting go is the most important lesson to learn. Stressing about the things we can’t control will ruin your peace—learning lessons to avoid the outcomes that we don’t want to ever be in again is a much better use of that energy.
High Rollerz is a unique tournament because it is cannabis-infused jiu-jitsu. Matt Staudt, one of the co-founders of the promotion, wanted to incorporate his love for cannabis and jiu-jitsu and make a tournament out of it, and he is proving cannabis is more than it appears one event at a time.
Many martial artists and high-level day-to-day athletes implement cannabis in their daily lives as they prepare for competitions or medical reasons. UFC Fighter, Nick Diaz, was fined $165,000 and had a five-year ban from the sport of mixed martial arts for testing positive for cannabis. It was an outrage for the martial arts community, but it made it possible for the sport to take a step forward to take it off the banned substances list.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychosis chemical in cannabis, and it has been to treat pain since 2900 B.C. due to the properties of the cannabidiol that helps reduce inflammation. The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions, including sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response.
The body also produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. So cannabis helps with depression and anxiety. Ever since I have been smoking more regularly, I haven’t been depressed or had anxiety for a long time. I still should see a therapist, though.
With what I have learned so far through my training and studies, I am sure that I will be using cannabis a lot more often after the “High Rollerz Open” tournament on May 30th. The trial and error process made me learn what type of user I am and how much it has enhanced my day-to-day lifestyle.
So, for those interested in implementing cannabis into their training, remember to do your research, make sure you are old enough to make this decision, and never forget the world is not flat.
Who’s better to write about drugs than a 10th Planet guy, am I right?
**Editors Note: Some of this article is meant as satire. Don’t take it too seriously. However, it does contain some useful information on cannabis and the High Rollerz BJJ event.**
Gian Carlo is a 10th Planet Blue Belt and a comedian from Puerto Rico. He currently resides in Albuquerque where he trains under “Nasty” Nate Harris, and hosts 2 podcasts (Unemployed Commentators & The Shoot)