When we talk about cannabis, the image of a lazy stoner laying on his couch, chip bags laying all around him immediately pops in to people’s brains. Due to the representation of stoners in the media, what I just described has always been the narrative. Thankfully though, that is slowly but surely being replaced with a more accurate depiction of cannabis consumers. Cannabis users are lawyers, authority workers, painters, shop workers, singers, administrators, health gurus and gym sharks; in short, cannabis users are everyone and anyone; especially those who may pride themselves in their exercising abilities. Combining cannabis and exercise as part as their health and wellness routines has grown in years with thanks to cleaner and smarter vaporizers like the Pax 3, The Mighty and the DaVinci IQ.
Athletes and Cannabis
Much of the discussion around the medical use of cannabis has been to treat conditions like cancer, anxiety and epilepsy. The intake of cannabis seems counterproductive if you’re trying to get or stay fit. But, fitness enthusiasts are trying to convince us otherwise. Many athletes use cannabis both casually and medically and are discovering uses for CBD and THC. Ricky Williams a former NFL player stated that he estimates around 40-50% of football players turn to cannabis and cannabis products for pain management. Marathon runners have always expressed their enthusiasm for the drug. Telling that its stress, nausea and pain reducing qualities are reasons for its consumption. Runners high, eh.
How can I introduce weed to my health plan?
A good place to start consuming cannabis if you like lifting heavy things up and down or running into the abyss is to consume the healthy way. Usually, when I tell people that there is a ‘healthy way’ to smoke a plant-based, they tend to give me a strange look as their brows furrow. Yes! There is a healthy way to consume weed and that is done by using a vaporizer. Vaporizer not only save the song and dance of rolling and smoking weed, it leaves the harmful carcinogens alone. Vaping doesn’t burn dry herbs like smoking does. Thus, creating a safe and healthy way to ingest weed. If you’re interested in any vaporizer, click here to explore our range.
How Cannabis can be beneficial for sportspeople
When you vape, smoke, hit, consume-cannabis-someway, THC and CBD enter our bodies and interact with our endocannabinoid system to produce a number of responses. Depending on the make-up of the strain and how your body reacts to dry herbs, some of these include a euphoric state, mental relaxation and anti-inflammatory responses. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. THC can aid you in locking your mind into activities, overcoming mental barriers. That means more focus in lifting weights, being able to get 2 more reps in, running that bit longer all while paying great attention to form and movement. CBD another chemical found in cannabis in particularly useful for combating pain and inflammation. Runners may choose a strain high in CBD to speed up their recovery process. Same goes go for those who fell off the wagon because of the pain exercising carries, combining CBD and exercise can help you overcome that pain and help you stay on track.
The most important thing to remember when combining exercise and cannabis is your tolerance. Some people can handle loads of weed, while others (me too, pal, you’re not alone) can’t handle too much. Without proper awareness, you can overexert yourself. Weed affects each person in different ways. Be careful and mindful in the pursuit of tolerance.
Keep doing you with some weed
Adding cannabis into your health regimen isn’t something your personal trainer would tell you. But it has all sorts of benefits from added focus in a set to fast recovery times! However, you may want to keep an eye out for drug tests, so, if you do use the green herb now and again and need a quick detox; check out our huge range of detox kits here. We hope you found this article helpful. Keeping running, lifting heavy things and consuming that good stuff.