We all know exercise is good for our physical and mental health, whether you lift weights, swim or go for a football game, but most of us struggle to find the time, energy, or motivation to stick with a fitness routine.
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For many people, lighting a doob before, after, or even during a workout may be the secret to a sustained exercise routine.
Researchers surveyed about 600 cannabis users aged 21 and up living in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington about their marijuana and exercise habits. And those who used the drug an hour before working out and/or within four hours after breaking a sweat reported getting 43 more minutes of exercise each week than the cannabis users who didn’t.
Calming Effects – Cannabis increases focus during a workout, leading to longer and more productive workout sessions! Many users claim improved form and mind-muscle connection when working out after a small dosage.
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Anti-inflammatory Properties – Marijuana is made up of cannabinoids that contain anti-inflammatory properties. This can be helpful if you experience pain during or after a workout. If you’re experiencing less pain, you’ll be more likely to stick to your routine.
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High-profile athletes including Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have also admitted to using marijuana.
Increase Mood – Since cannabis is known to stimulate your brain’s feel-good receptors, the endorphins can be useful in keeping you motivated to workout, even on days when you’re not in the mood. It’s also been said to enhance the “runner’s high.”