Cannabis and fitness: next time you go to the gym or yoga studio, consider bringing your vaporizer to use before you go in, or consume a small edible about a half hour before arriving. Why?
This past year saw buzz building as more began to talk about how cannabis can change approaches to fitness and athletics.
Here are three surprising connections between cannabis and fitness that you may not yet know about:
Last year, Mixed Martial Arts fighter Nate Diaz caused quite the stir when he was seen vaping CBD oil at a press conference. The dialogue around CBD versus opiates caused the medical community and athletes to rise up in support of hemp-CBD (non-psychoactive) as an important health supplement for athletes.
As a result of the growing support around the medicinal benefits of CBD, the World Anti-Doping Agency (founded by the International Olympic Committee) removed hemp CBD from its list of banned substances for 2018. Hemp CBD was most notably recognized for the relief of pain and muscle inflammation for athletes and its powerful properties that provide an alternative to strong narcotics. It’s to be noted that marijuana-derived CBD remains a banned substance.
In Canada, these discussions are being had at the national level to ensure that international anti-doping standards are adhered to while remaining open to the benefits of CBD when it comes to athletes at national events like the Canada Games.
You can’t deny that amazing feeling of euphoria you get when you have a great gym session: your body feels rejuvenated, and your mood uplifted. This is often embraced as “runner’s high”, and your cannabis use can be enhancing that high for you. The good news for cannabis users who use THC-rich strains is that their exercise can help them pull on the good benefits of THC through the way the body’s fat stores THC.
Here’s how: when you exercise, your fat stores in your body release the euphoric feelings of last night’s THC session right into your bloodstream, where it can remain for up to two hours post-workout. That sounds like pretty good incentive to lace up those running shoes.
Some Indica strains can give you couch-lock and make you unable to move and at times feeling antisocial, but you shouldn’t let Indica be characterized by inaction. Combining the right choice of Indica-dominant strain and meditative practice can help you reach a level of elevation that you may not get when you skip the pre-class vape.
When you choose your cannabis strain, and method of consumption for combining cannabis with yoga, it’s important to match the type of practice with the effects of your strain. Some choose strains like Granddaddy Purple which combines relaxation with euphoria for when you want to feel uplifted and positive; some may also choose a hybrid sativa/indica strain like Blue Dream to gain the benefits of intense euphoria with maximum tranquility. Northern Lights is perfect for those who are into meditative yoga, with the strain being described as bringing on “deep contentment”.
Modern Leaf continues to explore how cannabis is part of a healthy lifestyle and is changing the lives of Canadians and people across the world. We encourage people to consume cannabis safely and responsibly while taking into account dosage, method of consumption, and the important aspects of sports safety involved in all physical activity.