We love challenging the stigma around cannabis, as evidenced by our amazing creative ambassadors – there’s the jewelry maker, the photographer, the tattoo artist, the DJ, and the gypsy wagon guy. Now, we’re tackling that tired trope of the lazy stoner stuck to the sofa scarfing bags of chips. Here are three reasons cannabis helps you make the most of your gym time.
It Gets You in the Zone
Whether you enjoy running or not, you’re likely familiar with the term runner’s high. It’s when you hit your groove during seriously intense running, and you’re rewarded with a flood of endorphins, that feel-good hormone, that help you keep pushing. A little cannabis before your gym sesh works similarly. Different studies have identified different effects in mice, like increased motor activity follow small amounts of THC, as well as more energy and less fatigue. That’s because the body responds to the endocannabinoid system much like it does endorphins. The right cannabis product can help you focus on the task at hand, whether that’s your squat PR or those five miles.
It Speeds Muscle Recovery
One of the prevailing medicinal benefits of cannabis is its anti-inflammatory properties. And after an intense workout, you’re likely dealing not only with wrung-out muscles, but aching joints too. Instead of an OTC pain reliever and its bevy of side effects, the right cannabis product – think tinctures and topicals – can effectively address the pain while also reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
It Improves the Quality of Your Sleep
The payoff from all your hard work in the gym doesn’t happen while you’re training – it’s while you’re recovering. Cannabis reduces stress and anxiety and mediates pain, making it easier to catch some quality zzz’s. It’s one of the most important – and overlooked – aspects of wellness, and unlike addicting sleep aids, the right cannabis product can be the perfect bedtime companion.
On the Downside
Smoking cannabis has its drawbacks, and that’s true when it comes to fitness. There’s no question that the smoke itself is the issue, and it wreaks havoc on your lungs. Healthy lungs have a big role to play when you’re training, so consider other consumption methods. You also have to be choosy about the strain and the product you’re using. It’s a best bet to avoid THC in large doses, so that you aren’t intoxicated while you work out. No sense in welcoming impairment before slinging heavy weights around!
The golden rule of cannabis is start low and go slow, and that’s true when you’re introducing it into your workouts. Ask your budtender for recommendations, and start putting the benefits of cannabis to work for you.