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Does Marijuana Help You Exercise?

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I like to exercise, especially playing basketball. Physical fitness is something that I have always tried to take seriously, although admittedly, I take it more serious at certain times compared to others. Currently, my physical fitness is not where it needs to be, but I’ll try to get that figured out sooner than later. A question I have received at TWB from time to time is ‘does marijuana help you exercise?’

I have lifted weights and played basketball after getting high, and it seems to put me in a zone that I don’t get into when sober. I feel more focused, and more in touch with my body. Marijuana doesn’t necessarily motivate me to workout, but once I’m at the gym, it helps me get a better workout, if that makes sense. Leafly recently published an article that talks more about marijuana and exercise. A few excerpts are below:

“It’s not news to the medical community that the human body stores tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the main psychoactive in cannabis, in fat. However, a study put out this August in Drug and Alcohol Dependence has shown that this storage process can give exercisers an extra boost, even up to 28 days after consumption.”

“Yet, contrary to popular thought, it’s not just the endorphins (the compounds which make you feel excited after activities such as exercise and sex) that make physical activity so great. A 2003 study found that exercise actually activates the endocannabinoid system in the same way that the cannabis plant does. The endocannabinoid system is a group of lipids (types of fats) and cell receptors that cannabinoids (compounds like THC and CBD) bind to inside the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for easing pain, controlling appetite, and influences mood and memory. ”

“A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has found that regular cannabis consumers have fasting insulin (insulin in your body before eating) levels 16% lower than non-consumers. The study also found that cannabis consumers had 17% lower insulin resistance levels and lower average waist circumferences.”

Next time, before you hit the gym, try getting high first. If that’s not your thing, then by all means don’t do it. But if you are looking to see how marijuana affects your workout, give it a try. Scientific studies suggest it could help you out!


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  1. Marijuana has helped me eat healthier and since it helps me get out of depression. It also helps me think more positive about exercising and keep me focused on a new goal

  2. I believe we should all be more informed tokers at this point and stop referring to “weed” as one thing! There are 2 MAJOR types and the difference is IMPORTANT! Indica vs. Sativa! So for those who say mj makes them relaxed, sleepy, or what have you, you are smoking INDICA! For exercise, you want a good SATIVA which energizes you and gives mental focus. Also, not a good type to smoke right before bed or you will stay awake because it is not sleep-inducing! Educate yourselves and find the right type for YOU!! Also, if you are smoking a full joint, blunt, or several bowls at one time, you are OVER MEDICATING!!

  3. Matthew Zachocki on

    I’m 41 work with a personal trainer. I ingest activated oil 1000 mg I hour before gym. Then I’m vaporizing for fast effect on way to gym. Work out is focused controlled safe and I am able to attack it like nothing. This is not lime steroid effects and makes me attack workout. Rather it compliments my workout dilates my bronchiles, eases my mond, aids recovery etc. Read up on endocanabanoid system. Canabanoids are taking care of heart ad well. Research homeostasis and cannabis. This is real. My grandma, she’s beating alzheimets/dementia for 5 years. …

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