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Can Cannabis Improve Your Workout?

Can Cannabis Improve Your Workout?

If you were hoping for a straight answer as to whether marijuana is capable of impacting your workout, there unfortunately isn’t a whole lot of scientific research behind the effects of cannabis on exercise thus far. What does exist says that the consumption of weed prior to your workout can actually degrade your peak performance.

While that may be the case, consuming cannabis can also raise the level of enjoyment you experience during certain activities – especially those that are repetitive.

Basically: running on a treadmill while high may motivate you to run for longer and possibly more in the future, but it is recommended to forgo the ganga for any activity in which your best is required, or something in which your safety could be at risk if you are not at your most alert.

If your workout requires quick decision making, it is probably best you forgo the smoke sesh’ prior to said activity. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be pretty tricky while high, too. Studies have shown cannabis to be capable of interfering with your reaction time and your perception of short intervals, and a decreased sense of focus could mean you may be forgetting about proper form.

What They Do Know

THC is stored in the human body within fat cells. A study done by the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal showed that this process of storage can provide an additional boost to those exercising, even up to 28 days after the fact. As your body starts to burn off fat, slight amounts of THC are released back into your bloodstream. This effect this can produce is like consuming small amounts of marijuana.

The American Journal of Medicine published a study that found regular consumers of cannabis to have 16% lower levels of fasting insulin (the insulin in your body prior to eating) as compared to non-cannabis consumers. The same study found consumers to have 17% lower insulin resistance levels and to typically be less resistant to insulin in general.

The UCLA conducted a three-year retrospective study in which they found the death rate of concussion patients who had THC in their system at the time of their accident is much less than those who did not. It is believed that that anti-inflammatory properties provided by CBD can assist in reducing the swelling occurring in the brain, helping to recover from the injury.

A 2016 study found marijuana users to typically have a better carbohydrate metabolism and are generally less obese than those who do not consume – even though users also tend to consume up to 600 more calories on the daily.

Benefits of CBD

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned marijuana in both natural and synthetic forms in-performance, however they have changed their minds regarding CBD and removed it from their list of banned substances as of 2018. CBD provides so many benefits without the psychotropic affects, from treating inflammation, stress, and anxiety.

The natural inflammation and resulting soreness that can occur post-workout can make it difficult to stay motivated. Regularly exercising users of CBD typically experience less soreness and stiffness and an increase in flexibility, making it easier to work out more frequently.

Large amounts of CBD (in excess of 100 milligrams) can make you drowsy, so try to consume a smaller dose prior to your workout and a larger one post-workout.

Strains Matter

Consider the areas of your workout you would like to improve upon, and from there you can decide which strain would be best to assist in accomplishing your goals.

If you find yourself lacking motivation once you get to the gym, try sativa strains that could provide you an extra boost. If you have difficulty winding down post-workout, consider an indica strain that could help you get to sleep and recover your muscles.

Post-Workout

Cannabis has been known to work well as a painkiller, with consumers using it to treat acute and chronic pain. Smoking can help to make the pain from any small injuries that may incur while working out much more bearable.

Experiment

The best way to figure out how working out while high is to just try it. Start with a short, low-risk workout in which it’s not crucial that you operate at peak performance. Also skip out on the sesh’ prior to any high-reaction/high-risk workout where your safety is reliant on a sharp state of mind.

There are several questions to start with if you have yet to work out while high but are considering: how does getting high affect you otherwise? Do you experience a significant increase in heart rate? What kind of exercise would you be taking part in while high?

Consuming cannabis can raise your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, so if you regularly work out and are rather fit, working out high can increase your chance of feeling lightheaded. Working out can also make you feel higher, so try not to go too overboard prior to your exercise time if you don’t want to get too high.

Medical users tend to have a higher tolerance and can therefore function with higher levels of THC.

It is advised to skip the edibles prior to working out, as the time it takes them to kick in can vary.

Top 5 Best Mary Jane Movie Lines

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Love movies just as much as Mary Jane? Here are some of the best lines from stoner-centric films.

Grandma’s Boy

Alex (Allen Covert): My grandma drank all my pot.
Jeff (Nick Swardson): That’s awesome.
Alex: What?
Jeff: I mean, how many people can say that in a lifetime?


Pineapple Express 

“If marijuana is not legal within the next five years, I have no faith left in humanity.”

– Dale Denton (Seth Rogen)


Dazed & Confused

David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey): Say man, you got a joint?

Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins): Uhhh, no. Not on me, my man.

David Wooderson: It’d be a lot cooler if you did.


Friday 

“I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this; but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”

– Smokey (Chris Tucker)


Knocked Up
“It is, like, the best medicine. Because it fixes everything. Jonah broke his elbow once. He just got high, and it still clicks, but I mean… he’s okay.”

– Ben (Seth Rogen)

Top 5 Marijuana Myths & Why They’re Wrong

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The stigma surrounding marijuana may not ever go away entirely, regardless of how much more accepted cannabis may seem to be – and surely you’ve heard lots of misinformation about this plant. Here are five myths about marijuana and why they just aren’t true.

MYTH #1 | Cannabis Kills Brain Cells

A 2003 report was corroborated by University of Louisville research to say that marijuana use doesn’t actually kill any brain cells. While it may alter your short-term memory, consuming cannabis doesn’t affect memories that already exist or cause long-term memory loss.

In many regards, cannabis is neuroprotective and can aid in neural activity instead of hindering or damaging it, like alcohol, which is a neurotoxin. Indulging too much can affect short-term memory and spatial awareness – which may simply make you feel brain damaged.

MYTH #2 | Weed is Legal in Portugal and the Netherlands

Portugal decriminalized pot (and all other drugs) in 2001, which means citizens can possess, but cannot buy, use, or sell without risking fines or community service. In the Netherlands, you’re not supposed to have any at all, but the government sort of lets it slide – due to the immense amount of tourists that flock to Amsterdam yearly to indulge in their famed coffee shops.

MYTH #3 | Pot is Worse For You Than Cigarettes

While the two share some similar components, a national study showed that the smoke from marijuana was less harmful than all the chemicals found in an average cigarette: things like ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, and tar, to name a few – none of which are found in weed. Additionally, while an average cigarette smoker may smoke a pack a day, a regular pot smoker most likely won’t smoke 20 joints in a 24 hour period.

MYTH #4 | Weed Stays in Your System for 30 Days

The longevity of weed in your system correlates to the amount you smoke – among many other aspects. If you only smoked one time, you should be clear in a few days. A weekly smoker would need a couple weeks, and a daily smoker could hold THC in their system for at least a month, if not more. Exercising can help expedite the process as THC is stored in fat.

MYTH #5 | Ganja is a Gateway Drug

Perhaps one of the longest-running myths about marijuana, there isn’t any actual evidence that weed is a gateway drug. The Institute of Medicine reported that "no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs." This myth could have stemmed from how common marijuana is in America, and how many users are simply exposed to it before anything else. Cannabis has even been shown to assist addicts in getting off drugs that are arguably more dangerous.

Top 10 Best Stoner Halloween Costume Ideas

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Pot Brownies

In 2016, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner wore yellow Brownies T-shirts, brown skirts, and pot leaf sashes making them "pot brownies" - an idea as cute as they are.

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Shaggy & Scooby Doo

Zoinks! A costume you can do solo or with a friend. 

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Super Troopers

Have an old brown cop costume from a Halloween prior? Extra points if you can recruit a group of friends to play the whole gang.

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Abbi & Ilana (Broad City)

Grab a friend and attend the party as America’s stoner sweethearts.

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The Dude (The Big Lebowski)

AKA "His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing" - this may be one of the most chill costumes, ever.

 

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Captain Zig Zag

Have an epic beard/mustache and the patience to paint your whole face? Throw on an orange beanie and you're the iconic face of those orange papers.

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Jay & Silent Bob

Who smokes the blunts? Let everyone at the party know that's YOU.

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Cheech & Chong

Grab a buddy and attend that Halloween party as arguably the most iconic stoners in history.

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David Wooderson (Dazed and Confused)

Don’t have any other ideas? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. Throw on some tan pants & a Ted Nugent shirt and you’re ready to rock that Halloween party.

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Just a big ol' leaf

Really out of ideas? Just throw on a bunch of pot leafs, or one big, huge, giant one.

Ooze & Dabbing Granny at the High Times Midwest Cannabis Cup | September 8-9, 2018 | VIDEO

Ooze & Dabbing Granny at the High Times Midwest Cannabis Cup 2018 - The Oozelife Blog - Video Ooze

Ooze had a great time with Dabbing Granny and everyone at the High Times  Midwest Cannabis Cup at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan last weekend! Dabbing Granny was hanging out and serving dabs, the weather stayed nice, and everyone seemed to be fully enjoying themselves! 

Click here for a list of cup winners.

We'll see you at the next one!