Study: 82% of cannabis users mix weed and workouts
A new study out of the University of Colorado reports that eight out of ten cannabis users polled have used the drug before or after exercise, using it as motivation, an enhancer, and as a boost to recovery. Of the 600 adult marijuana users studied, 82% said they did use cannabis between one to four hours before or after exercise. 70% of “co-users” (people who mix both weed and workouts together) said they used it to enjoy the exercise, 78% said it helped their recovery, and 52% said they actually got motivation from using it.
It’s true: having a quick hit or a short session before going for a run or going to lift at the gym can make the experience more fun and relaxing. There’s a small bit of danger here, as cannabis can already raise your heart rate, so it might be smart to avoid the absolute highest intensity exercise while under the influence. If you already exercise regularly, though, cannabis can add a bit more color to your workout experience (or jazz up a relatively boring run or elliptical session), and probably help with pain and inflammation afterwards as well.
In fact, the authors of the study say that it breaks the myth of the lazy, couch-locked stoner, and shows that people are finding ways to incorporate cannabis into a healthy lifestyle. It’s true that cannabis is an enhancer — if you sit around all day, it’ll enhance that experience, or if you decide to go for a run or play some basketball, it’ll enhance that too. While this is definitely an interesting data point, there’s plenty more research to be done here on the relationship between exercise, cannabis, and how they work together.