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Is smoking weed bad for athletes? What are the pros and cons of working out high? If there are two things that interest us most at GetEvoke, they are cannabis and exercise.
Lucky for us that marijuana and muscles seems to be a growing trend. Learn more…
Muscles & Marijuana
As the cannabis industry continues to push forward with its long-needed legalization, scientists and product formulators are delving deeper into the benefits of using cannabis to enhance all types of physical activity.
It’s one of the reasons why, at GetEvoke, we’re so particular about our sativas, indicas and hybrids.
We carefully select our strains based on their ability to effectively support different kinds of training and wellness routines.
Activate, Discover, Evolve
We’ll get things started by sharing a few insights into the range of cannabis products we offer here at GetEvoke, how we go about selecting them, and how we suggest pairing them, such as weed and bodybuilding, with a variety of physical activities.
Activate, our sativa-dominant strains and red product line, will be of most interest to those committed to high-intensity fitness regimes.
The Activate product line, 1/8ths and pre-rolls, offers a cerebral lift that energizes and drives. Whether you’re into weights, full-on cardio, crossfit, or high-intensity dance training, a pre-workout draw on one of our Activate products can help to enhance the experience.
Our hybrid strains and yellow product line is called Discover and offers a pleasurable mid-level experience that helps the consumer to relax into their favored activity, without losing focus and without feeling overly stimulated.
These are the 1/8ths and pre-rolls that will most appeal to hikers, surfers, cyclists, and other active individuals looking to enhance coordination and increase creativity.
Evolve, our indica-dominant strains and blue product line, will be of most interest to those looking to enhance post-workout relaxation, deepen meditative states, or to complement low intensity wellness routines, including yoga.
Both 1/8ths and pre-rolls are also available as part of this product line.
How weed affects your workout
So, what about the science behind muscles, marijuana and the GetEvoke product pairings?
The first thing would be to curb some of the myths related to cannabis that might make it difficult for someone to believe that weed and working out can actually work in unison.
For example, not all cannabis strains give the munchies, drive you to eating three pizzas in one sitting, thus ruining your fitness routine. While THC is known for increasing appetite, CBD is one of the cannabinoids that can actually help keep food cravings in check.
When strains are sufficiently balanced between THC:CBD or CBD-dominant, consumers don’t have to worry about getting the cannabis munchies post-workout.
Gym fanatics fitness junkies, for want of a better word, have been making weed part of their routines for some time now. As mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, the experience of each and every workout, accompanied by a cannabis product, helps to intensify the feeling of the blood flow as it moves through each and every muscle, enhancing the overall workout experience from start to finish.
Some of the findings taken from the world’s first large study of legal marijuana and exercise habits, and shared in an opinion piece by the New York Times, confirms that “many people who frequently use cannabis also seem to be people who frequently exercise.”
What’s even more interesting about the study is that around 82 percent of those who participated in the study said that they used cannabis around the time of their workouts.
Cannabis and exercise, it seems, go hand in hand.
Does smoking weed affect cardio?
And so getting down to the nitty gritty…
What about weed and cardio? Does smoking weed affect your VO2 max? Does smoking weed affect lung capacity?
The illegal status of cannabis has made it impossible to run clinical trials offering sufficient and reliable data, but anecdotal evidence and first-hand experiences abound.
For example, Gordy Megroz, a writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, took it upon himself to test how cannabis affected his exercise performance in a “poor man’s” version of the VO2 max test. Each time he took a draw, before then going all out on a treadmill, he found he could stay running for 30 seconds longer.
Are there any negative effects of weed on athletes?
Let’s be clear. Lots of athletes use and enjoy cannabis. The MMA’s Nick and Nate Diaz, podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, and all-star MLB pitcher Tim Lincecum, are just three who have touted the benefits of cannabis as a performance and recovery enhancer.
However, just as is the case with proving the wellness benefits of cannabis, clinical trials are needed before any definite conclusion can be made about the plant’s possible negative effects.
We know that cannabis increases heart rate, which might not be all that great for most athletes. We also know that cannabis can impair short-term memory, which is also not all that favorable, especially when playing team sports professionally.
But the debate is out on whether cannabis negatively affects the immune system, whether it leads to motivational problems, and whether it can lower your reaction time.
As time moves on and money is invested into running some serious cannabis clinical trials, the industry and the consumer will have a lot more to go on.
For now, anecdotal evidence and personal experience leads the way.