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San Jose, California (CNN Business)Ultimate Fighting Championship athletes will serve as test subjects to find out if the cannabis compound CBD can treat the aches and pains that come hand in hand with their violent sport. The research is part of a partnership between the professional mixed martial arts league and Canadian company Aurora Cannabis (ACB). Aurora and the UFC plan to conduct clinical trials on the use of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, in elite athletes and then employ the results to develop a line of hemp-derived CBD topical treatments targeting elite athletes. Aurora and UFC officials say they hope the studies will show the effectiveness of CBD and specific formulations of the compound in areas such as wound care, recovery, injury, pain and inflammation. The efforts would be first of their kind in the research of how elite athletes could potentially benefit from cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, according to Dr. Jeff Chen, director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative. UFC teams with Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters

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