How to Add Cannabis to Your Fitness Routine
by HelloMD Staff
3 weeks ago
The start of a new year often inspires people to re-commit to a fitness routine—or begin a new one altogether. In either case, there’s something you can add to your workout program that could give you an edge you’ve never had before: marijuana. Adding cannabis to your workout routine can provide a spark of energy, increase focus and performance, and promote healing—a perfect combination to help you succeed with your New Year’s resolution.
Cannabis Can Make Your Workouts More Enjoyable
Despite the long-held stereotype that cannabis and exercise are like oil and water—meaning, they don’t mix, mounting scientific evidence shows that ingesting marijuana can help make your workouts more enjoyable. The elusive “runner’s high” that many feel during prolonged exercise has historically been associated with endorphins, but a study published by the National Academy of Sciences disrupts that idea. The study, conducted on mice, concluded that a runner’s high is actually more of a result of an endocannabinoid called anandamide, the human body’s self-produced version of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
You can use THC as a shortcut to kickstarting your runner’s high, making your workout more pleasurable from the very beginning. Assistant Professor of Biology Gregory Gerdeman at Eckerd College said in an interview with Greatist, “Runner’s joy—whether natural or marijuana induced—can minimize distraction and help exercise be not just a means to an end but an enjoyment.”
Marijuana Can Help Increase Your Airflow When You’re Exercising
One of the most important parts of an effective workout is controlled breathing, which can help your muscles relax and lengthen. Temporary bronchodilators, which smooth the airways to allow for better airflow, are often used before workouts to prevent exercise-induced asthma.
A 1973 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine looked into cannabis as a bronchodilator. The study concluded that unlike cigarette smoke, cannabis smoke does, indeed, cause bronchodilation (expanding of the air passages).
A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology seems to confirm the claim that cannabis can be an effective bronchodilator. Tested on five asthmatic patients, the study concluded that the right dose of THC consumed via aerosol is effective at temporarily increasing airflow.
Make Your Recovery More Effective With Marijuana
Taking time for proper recovery is an important part of any exercise routine. Vigorous exercise can lead to painful inflammation, a natural process initiated by our bodies to battle tissue damage. When we exercise, our muscles incur damage that sparks inflammation. The soreness that comes with inflammation can keep us from going back to the gym for several days.
But a proper recovery routine can limit inflammation and get you back to your workouts in no time. Cannabis has extremely effective anti-inflammatory properties, making it a perfect partner for exercise recovery. This helps explain why cannabis topicals focused on muscle pain relief are so popular.
Here’s How You Can Incorporate Cannabis Into Your Workouts
Bike With a High-CBD Vape Pen
If you’re nervous about being high while exercising, skip the serious psychoactive effects by using a vape pen high in cannabidiol (CBD) instead. Select disposable vape pens are an excellent way to consume cannabis during exercise. Select and their chosen blend provides all of the benefits of the plant, without feeling high. Bring this vape pen on your next bike ride for a nice, mellow workout.
Hike With Some CBD Gummies
Do you like to get out of the gym and exercise in nature? Next time you go for a hike, take a pack of some sweet gummies with you. These hemp filled gummies will keep you comfortable and relaxed on your hike, while actively soothing the muscles and helping keep inflammation in check. You’ll be able to relax and really enjoy being present in the great outdoors without feeling too sedated to finish your hike.
Lift Weights With a Tincture at the Ready
Lifting weights already requires focus; your form needs to be perfect to get the maximum benefit from each rep—and to reduce your chance of injury. Despite the stereotype of the spaced-out stoner, there’s anecdotal evidence that cannabis can actually be effective in increasing focus. Next time you need to lift weights, reach for a high-CBD tincture like this one from Africanpure. Try taking a low dose (about a third of a dropper) 30 minutes before your workout.
Recover With a Cannabis-Infused Bath Soak
Ending your workout with a long soak in the bathtub can work magic on sore muscles. Try infusing your bath with BuddEnvy bath salts, along with their active charcoal CBD soap. The CBD goodness will work wonders in relaxing those tired muscles, starting the recovery process.