In need of some extra motivation prior to going to the gym? You may not believe it, but cannabis could be just the thing you need to get you up and out the door. Believe it or not, cannabis can actually make working out more fun as it makes enjoyable the more dull, monotonous tasks that accompany exercising. For what it's worth, exercise can also give you one hell of a runners high, which to be honest is one hell of a natural high. While a few tokes may work for some, it may not at all for others. Remember, everyone is different. Below find a list of things to consider before smoking pot and hitting up your local gym.
Understand your relationship with cannabis. How it affects your mind and body specifically.
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which are tested rigorously for safety and efficacy among a large group of people before being approved by the FDA, cannabis is largely (and until very recently) predominantly an illicit, illegal drug.
“Cannabis has a bidirectional effect, which means at different dosages or with different individuals you can see the exact opposite effect. So for example, if you give it to someone who's anxious, it might relax them. Give it to someone who's not anxious and it may make them anxious. Especially if they're in the wrong environment".
Exercising while high can get you higher.
Yes, you have read that correctly. Exercising can intensify your high. In fact, a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence states that working out doesn't just kick your buzz up a few notches, but it also increases the potency of your pot.
For the purposes of research, the University of Sydney requested that 14 weed smokers work out for a total of 35 minutes on a stationary bike. Once the time was up, they found that there were higher levels of THC in their blood. Mind? Blown.
Cannabis helps you tolerate discomfort, so you may be able to bust out an extra set of reps or go that extra mile on the treadmill.
Finishing those last reps can be brutal. But, pushing yourself in a workout is one of the only things that leads to the actual gains you're looking for. That applies to most anything fitness related. Whether it be running, building muscle, endurance, or being able to go deeper into your stretch, this is where cannabis can help.
Our bodies are covered from head to toe with cannabinoid receptors in what's called the endocannabinoid system, and cannabis affects how these receptors respond to pain, which then changes how we perceive it. It becomes a lot less intense and less bothersome thanks to pot. Eleviating most discomfort and pain.
Weed puts you in the zone
It seems toking on the ganja can help you to focus on the work or workout, at hand, rather than what's going on around you. In other words, it puts you in the "zone" and makes exercising a bit less of a drag. This is the reason many runners have confessed to lighting up before a race.
The "zone" is a state of consciousness in which we're so immersed in what we're doing that we feel energized and hyper aware of both our bodies and the environment. Normally we are only focused on one or the other.
For a lot of people microdosing might help with accessing “the zone” during which repetitive tasks seem a thing of the past. It may help you stay focused like a laser on your form or the specific muscles you are targeting.
Working out is fun
Obviously. Because you just smoked some weed things are now perceived as fun.
It could help with recovery which could improve performance and results
This is mostly thanks to the other major cannabinoid in cannabis, CBD. You've probably heard of CBD if you are at this website already ;), or if you've been paying any attention to medical marijuana and legalization. CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical found in the cannabis plant. It will not get you high and is well known for its therapeutic effects.
Among other things, it's been known to stop muscle spasms and seizures, decrease inflammation and pain and speed up healing and recovery. The last two are crucial to your gains because they allow your muscles to heal, repair and grow. The better your recovery, the more consistently you'll be able to work out.
THCV and cannabidiol are known to speed up your metabolism.
One of the main reasons people exercise is to stay in shape. Believe it or not, cannabis can help. As a matter of fact, some of the primary compounds found in the plant, like THCV and cannabidiol, can increase your metabolism. On top of that, your cholesterol levels could drop significantly.
Vaporizers and tinctures might be the best if you're looking for non-smoking options.
While edibles may sound like the obvious alternative, they can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more to kick in and are much, much harder to accurately dose. Depending on a range of factors, from when you last ate to how fast you digest food and these can change from day to day, even if you continued taking the same dose.
Herbal Vaporizers won't burn weed. They'll only heat it up enough to evaporate the cannabinoids on its surface. This greatly reduces the amount of carcinogens that you inhale.
Subliminal tinctures, meanwhile are alcohol-based cannabis extracts. You just put a few drops under the tongue where they're quickly absorbed into your bloodstream. They also lack carcinogenic effects. However they do take a little more time to work. Something closer to 10-15 minutes if you hold it in your mouth. And it's still a bit of a challenge to get the proper dosage down.
The most important thing to remember is your tolerance. It's no secret that weed affects people differently. While a particular dose or strain may work for someone else, it might not be the best match up for you. So, before you decide to exercise high, make sure you know how much it too much, especially if you're new to smoking or haven't much experience with the plant.