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3 Ways Some Athletes Are Incorporating Cannabis into their Exercise Routine

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Consuming cannabis is part of crafting a holistic wellness that enhances your life.

And so while you may not automatically associate cannabis with exercising, it’s high-time you did. Many serious athletes, from long distance cyclists to mixed martial artists, swear by it. Nicknamed “cannathletes,” they use cannabis for a variety of exercise-enhancing reasons:
  • Focus
  • Endurance
  • Recovery
  • Pain management
They’re not the only ones who think cannabis can improve performance, either. The World Anti-Doping Agency has gone as far to include the plant as a prohibited substance in sport.

And while research has been so far lacking, it looks like using cannabis in conjunction with exercise is becoming something of a trend. I mean, when yoga studios start incorporating vaping and even smoking into their classes, you know it’s caught on.

So how can you incorporate cannabis into your exercise routine?

1. Before running

Many runners praise cannabis for its ability to make their runs more enjoyable, increase their duration, and speed up their recovery time. That all sounds good, so what should you know before putting on your running shoes?

Running releases THC stored in fat cells. This process can occur for up to 28 days after consumption and it increases effects of the natural “runners’ high” because both highs are activated by the endocannabinoid system.

That being said, be wary of combining cardio with cannabis if you have a history of heart disease.

2. During yoga

Yoga is about centering and reconnecting your mind with your body, but sometimes it’s hard to get into the groove. Instructor Erin Jewell from Barrie, Ontario told CBC that vaping while doing yoga “helps to allow your thoughts to move a little slower and to really allow you to truly focus on your body and your breathing.” Her classes include before-session and during-session vaping, but everyone is different. Some may find the most benefit from dosing before, some during, and others, after.

3. After your workout session

This is by far the easiest way to incorporate cannabis into your exercise routine. Simply dose after your workout for a natural pain-killing effect. If you experience inflammation rather than pain, you should opt for CBD. It’s been shown to have incredible anti-inflammatory effects that can speed recovery time.
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