Staying fit or getting fit is an important part of life. If you can maintain a decent level of fitness it will help you in all other areas of your life. Improved mood, better sleep, higher levels of motivation are all related to a good fitness level. Marijuana use and athletes has always been a hot topic. Can cannabis be a part of achieving or maintaining that fitness level? Science says yes. In fact cannabis can help your body and mind in multiple ways that make it easier to stay fit or to begin a fitness routine. As the mind and body are interconnected, how you feel physically will impact how you feel mentally as well. This means that cannabis can help you to not only achieve a strong physical fitness but a mental fitness too.
Increase in Physical and Mental Energy Levels
With the right cannabis strain, generally a Sativa or a Sativa dominant hybrid, you can increase your physical and mental energy levels. As they are connected, when you have mental energy, it is much easier to find the motivation to do something physical, like exercise. The opposite is also true in that when you are feeling full of physical energy, your mind is also active during that time. If you are looking for the right strain or strains to help boost your energy levels, you definitely want to start with a Sativa. Strains such as Super Lemon Haze, Green Crack and Durban Poison are all known for boosting energy levels however if you can’t find one of these strains you should either check with a budtender, they get questions like this a lot or you can always ask friends for recommendations. As each person reacts slightly differently to a particular strain, what works for your friend may not work for you so be prepared to try more than one strain.
Reduction of Pain and Inflammation
What is the most common reason people give for not maintaining a fitness routine? Pain and inflammation from an injury or health condition are definitely some of the top reasons. It is tough to stay on track when it comes to working out on a regular basis when it’s painful or even uncomfortable to do so. The old expression “no pain no gain” is not exactly true unless you are a bodybuilder and even then actual pain is never a good sign when it comes to your body. Cannabis is a known pain reliever as well as an anti-inflammatory in both muscles and nerves. There are not many other medications, either over the counter or by prescription that can achieve so much in terms of relieving pain and inflammation with little to no side effects. That’s why marijuana use and athletes have become more of a benefit discussion than a negative one. If you have a new or long-term injury or medical condition that makes exercising a challenge, try using cannabis to get you back on the road to better fitness. White Widow. Afghan Kush (this is a pure Indica so you may not feel much like exercising) and Blue Dream are all known for having great pain relieving qualities as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Enhanced Mood Increases Motivation
Sure there are those rare people that can maintain a good fitness routine despite the stress and anxiety that exists in everyone’s day to day lives. Most people struggle to stay motivated when their mood is super negative or they are dealing with a lot of stress or anxiety. Additionally when your mind is not calm it makes it even more difficult to not only focus on fitness but to get any enjoyment out of it at all, which is supposed to be one the benefits, enjoyment as well as better health. Marijuana use and athletes have a decent amount of history in pointing out some of those benefits. So rather than just go through the motions of exercising without your mindset being in a good place, try a pre workout cannabis session to maximize your motivation, physically and mentally and decrease your stress and anxiety. Sour OG and Jack Herer are both great options for stress relief that won’t put you to sleep so you can find some time for a relaxed exercise session. Even more stress relief! One final bonus that cannabis users who engage in high intensity exercise get to enjoy, an even more intense “runner’s high”. That is due to THC and other cannabinoids being stored in our body fat. When we engage in prolonged high intensity exercise, we tap into our body’s fat storage, which releases the cannabinoids into our bloodstream. The effect can really be profound and certainly worth trying if you enjoy high intensity exercise.