The Ultimate Fighting Championship is in Edmonton this weekend and ahead of that, a Canadian cannabis company is teaming up with the UFC to evaluate the effects of CBD on athlete performance. 

The partnership will explore the use of CBD as a treatment for pain and a way to accelerate healing among mixed martial artists.

"We know anecdotally that professional athletes across sports disciplines are turning to hemp-derived CBD treatments to assist with physical recovery, with varying degrees of success," Jason Dyck with Aurora said in a release. 

CBD is not psychoactive and is often found in oils and topical ointments. 

"We take the lead in a lot of things like this ...we believe in the science...we think this is the future of athlete health and safety, pain issues, getting people off certain types of medication," said UFC president Dana White.

UFC 240 is set for Saturday night at Rogers Place.