Jiu-Jitsu Fighter and VapeXhale CEO Seibo Shen Talks About Marijuana’s Place in Professional Sports

Article by Tyler Koslow, Merry Jane


When he was just 20 years old, professional Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Seibo Shen was dead set on becoming a career athlete. What he didn’t know, however, was that he would soon spearhead the growing movement to bring cannabis into athletic training. In fact, at that age, Shen had never even tried cannabis before, mainly because he believed smoking anything would be debilitating.

When Shen injured himself while working as a stuntman, he became dependent on over-the-counter pain meds, which led to the unwelcome development of ulcers. “My roommate suggested, instead of taking all of that junk, I try some cannabis,” he says. “So I started googling and found out what a vaporizer was.” Since he started consuming cannabis before his jiu-jitsu matches, Shen has yet to lose a fight.

Today, Shen is the CEO of VapeXhale, a vaporizer company focused on providing healthier and more intelligent ways to consume cannabis. He’s also the co-founder ofCannAthlete, an organization looking to bridge the gap between cannabis and a healthy lifestyle. He’s partnered and trained with several pro-cannabis athletes, including ex-NFL players Eugene Monroe and Ricky Williams, MMA fighter Jake Shields, retired UFC fighter Kyle KingsBury, and three-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Denny Prokopos, all of whom are working together to destigmatize cannabis use.

MERRY JANE spoke with Shen recently about how cannabis helps him “activate” into a more mindful state, the benefits it provides to athletic training, and why it’s so important that professional organizations like the NFL let their players consume.

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