Can Cannabis Help You When You Workout? | Working out with Weed
In recent years, there has been much exploration in regards to the ways cannabis can improve our lives. It’s already been linked to mitigating memory loss, improving focus, and decreasing depression and anxiety.
These positive correlations have caused fitness fanatics and athletes to ask the question: can cannabis help you when you workout?
There is a lot to cover when it comes to the impact weed can have on your workouts, so let’s dive right in.
Research on weed and working out
While researchers have by no means studied all the ins and outs of cannabis, there have been a few studies showing cannabis’s impact on workouts. Most recently, CU Boulder conducted a study of 50 volunteers who compared their workouts, with and without cannabis.
Here are the results for cannabis’s effects on working out:
80% of cannabis users prefer mixing weed and working out
70% say it increases enjoyment
78% say it boosts recovery
52% report cannabis being motivating
Cannabis can ease pain and inflammation
Diving deeper into the results from the study mentioned above, it was found that older adults, who may have struggled to work out before, benefit the most from cannabis use. As we age, not only do we become less motivated to workout, but it becomes harder to complete the exercises.
Pain and inflammation play a huge role when it comes to older adults’ ability to workout. Many studies have been completed showing cannabis’s ability to reduce inflammation and pain. This also explains the 78% of people who report cannabis boosting recovery.
Cannabis promotes longevity and enjoyment in workouts
Many long-distance runners are familiar with the idea of a ‘runner’s high’ – a natural euphoria that kicks in during the sweet spot of a workout. More research is currently coming out, showing that the feeling of runner’s high actually comes from endocannabinoid receptors in the brain.
That same research suggests that since THC targets the same receptors in the brain, using cannabis before a workout can jumpstart the feeling of runner’s high. For many people, this enhances the enjoyment of working out and encourages them to workout for longer.
Cannabis promotes consistency in exercise
We all want to workout. However, working out regularly and consistently is often a different matter entirely. Sticking to a regular workout schedule is one of the biggest struggles for those of us looking to increase our physical activity. The good news is that cannabis may be able to help here too.
Because cannabis increases enjoyment while working out, it creates a positive feedback loop that encourages gym-goers to continue going back to the gym each day. This evidence showing that cannabis actually motivates people to work out completely defeats that stereotypical ideal of the ‘couch-potato’ stoner. Given enough time, marijuana may become a go-to pre-workout!
Looking to workout with weed?
Are you ready to see the benefits of working out with weed for yourself? We don’t blame you! Many athletes and gym-goers are turning to cannabis to enhance their workouts – and they are doing it with the MAZE-X Pipe.
Why use the MAZE-X Pipe before and after your workout?
This Weedgets original was designed with physical activity in mind. The MAZE-X Pipe is outfitted with coughless technology that purifies, cleans, and cools the smoke before it enters your throat or lungs. This added level of protection for the body’s respiratory system – not to mention an extremely smooth smoking experience – has made the MAZE-X Pipe a go-to for weightlifters, runners, and athletes alike.
Be sure to check out the MAZE-X Pipe before you get your next workout in!