â†µSometimes that honesty can be pretty cool, though, like when a prominent local politician confesses something like, "I left the body in a shallow grave off Route 91," and you have a tape recorder at the bar with you rolling. It's also refreshing when an athlete with a serious marijuana habit just admits it, and refuses to go through melodramatic public apologies for it. (COUGH COUGH Michael Phelps COUGH.) â†µâ†µ
â†µNick Diaz, MMA fighter, owns up to it happily. He'll even tell you how to beat the drug test, and unlike your high school co-workers at Blockbuster's methods, his technique works. â†µ
â†µâ‡¥"I'm more consistent about everything being a cannabis user," Diaz said in an interview with The Times last week. "I'm happy to get loaded, hear some good music ... I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests]. I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I'll be fine." â†µâ†µAnd if he's not "fine" and fails the test, well ... he'll at least be very relaxed about the whole thing. Diaz, who earned a Nevada suspension for a positive weed test in 2007 after a fight with Takanori Gomi, has an 18-7 lifetime record and keeps fit between fights by running triathlons and smoking lots and lots of marijuana. He also changes his lungs every 60,000 miles just to be safe. He'll tell you how to do this and more in his new book, "Nick Diaz: How to Do Whatever You Want to Yourself All the Time And Still Be One of God's Own Athletic Freaks," available in paperback for $9.95 from Random House in October. He fights Frank Shamrock in San Jose as part of Strikeforce's Saturday lineup on Showtime. You might want to, you know ... get relaxed and tune in yourself.â†µ
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