Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I have to admit, I didn't really know there was any kind of real debate going on regarding this issue.  But, YouTube doesn't lie. So there.

For those unaware, there's a school of thought that rolling while under the influence of good 'ol weed (aka mota or reefer or yerba or blaze, etc.)  is beneficial to one's Jiu Jitsu.  Mistake me if I'm wrong, but I believe the thought is that rolling while high aids in a grappler's creativity and focus.  There are a few well known grapplers/fighters out there who publicly support marijuana use, most notably ADCC veteran and grappling pioneer, Eddie Bravo of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and Strikeforce Champ, Nick Diaz

Crazy as it sounds, I myself often train under the influence of both Starbucks and Life Cereal combined, but that's just how I roll (literally).

Check out the video below.  It's an interview-style statement from's Ken Primola on the subject.  Ken seems like a level-headed, righteous dude and we've featured many of his techniques here at DSTRYRsg.  Hear him out and see what you think.


  1. LP "Small Country"March 8, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    This geek has obviously never smoked weed in his life.

  2. hahaha your joke made me giggle. I've heard this before as well. Kind of interested to try it to see if it opens up my game, but at the same time don't know if that would be a good idea. I feel like it could just be psycological, therefore people just work harder bc they believe it actually helps. Or maybe it really does.. I guess I can't say 'yes' or 'no' unless I actually try it. I've also heard smoking before lifting is benefitial too so I smoked once before working out and swimming... uh, didn't work out too well for me... lol but maybe it's different with bjj?

  3. well you have to remember there are different strains of weed. And i just watched a national geographic documentary about this last night, one test that was done to a subject was having him watch a video and see how much of the video he could remember, an iq test and a test to see how many words that start with G he can remember in a certain time frame which he did very well on.

    From this you could probably say that smoking weed before training, you probably won't remember the technique that was being shown that night but when rolling you could probably remember (more) techniques that you already learned, which might improve your game in a technical aspect.

  4. Weed effect everybody differently. There is no yes or no answer to this.

  5. Weed makes me have tunnel vision. I drive better, I focus more while watching movies, and I have no doubt that it helps in anything where you have a 1 track mind.

  6. i agree with him.

  7. Smoke of any kind will restrict vasodilation. It would take somebody with a very high red blood cell count to be able to grapple effectively after smoking. Also too much THC content would be distracting and make you sluggish. The only benefit is in small controlled doses of THC. And basically any anti-anxiety medication would accomplish the same thing without the distraction, or the blood flow issues.

  8. NERD! This guy probably folds his underwear!
    Smoking and rolling just go together like Life Cereal and milk. I think the Brazilians have proved that long ago.
    dr. c

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  10. @freeleemurray

    I agree that small amounts of mary-jane could calm an athlete down, similar to anti-anxiety meds, and *generally* smoke restricts vasodilation, but the chemicals in marijuana counteract that. That's the reason your eyes get red, increased blood-flow.

    Overall I agree with Primola, I'm a massive smoker but I don't necessarily think it aids me physically when I'm rolling. Your focus is very hit or miss when high, it's either perfectly honed or non-existent. BUT, Eddie Bravo has an excellent point in regards to no-gi jits while high, and it sort of goes over Primola's head: No-gi isn't inherently more creative than gi, but one needs to be more creative while rolling no-gi since you don't have a lapel or sleeve to hold onto. That's what Eddie Bravo (imo) suggests is improved when rolling high.

    You think outside the box when your smoked out, which is perfect for creating those clever holds and leverage moves developed by the 10th planet guys. Also, it's not that Gi fighters don't have that creativity in their arsenal, it's just not a necessity like it is for the no-gi guys.

  11. I smoked so little its not worth mentioning....But I just did it. Anyway, I think weed probably does not help. I know savages on the mat that smoke, but MOST, really dont. I think others dont have faith in their own ideas, so they credit this "wacky" new idea to if it sucks, they can blame it on the weed. If it works, then they are extra cool. But I really dont care who smokes and who doesnt...I dont tho.

    Much respect,