Getting stoned and getting fit might have more in common that you might think.
Cannabidiol’s, or CBD’s, anti-inflammatory properties are well known, and those benefits extend themselves beyond professional athletes to include weekend warriors too. CBD, available in topical cream, capsules, oil, sprays and other formulations can reduce muscle soreness and stiffness, helping users recuperate more quickly.
The World-Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) even recently removed non-psychoactive CBD from its list of banned substances, recognizing the compounds myriad of medicinal benefits. Of course, athletes are still banned from consuming THC, the cannabinoid responsible making tokers feel high. That means consuming marijuana in its natural form is still restricted.
Of course, for those non-pro athletes that want to indulge, the effects of THC can give exercisers a boost, even up to 28 days after using it. According to a study published earlier this year in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, small amounts of THC are released back into the bloodstream as a person begins to burn off body fat during their workout. The study also showed a correlation between BMI and the amount of THC released, with those with a greater BMI releasing a greater amount of THC.
While there are no FDA approved studies that show the benefits of THC and exercise, anecdotally, people who like to toke and run report it can help them focus and push through mild discomfort for a better workout.
Of course, the effects of consuming cannabis before exercise will vary from person to person, depending on a variety of factors including their fitness level and importantly, their tolerance for cannabis.