We get a lot of questions from Colorado residents and other people about the relative healthy vs. unhealthy effects of a cannabis habit. This is a multi-layer question with no simple answer. A more specific question we also get a lot has to do with consuming cannabis as part of an exercise routine. There’s no simple answer here, either, but we can at least give this one a try.

 

What the Science Says

There’s a definite link between cannabis and exercise in that the endocannabinoid system is active as part of your body’s natural response to exercise. It helps you withstand the strain of strenuous physical exercise, but it’s also no coincidence that a runner may describe their exercise routine as giving them a natural high. For this reason, it probably doesn’t hurt to consume a small quantity of marijuana before your workout. In a counterintuitive way, it may serve to prime the body to be ready for exercise.

 

That doesn’t necessarily mean that exercise and marijuana go together like peanut butter and jelly or that it’s somehow extra healthy to exercise when high. On the other hand, motivation and positive reinforcement are powerful tools to maintain a regular exercise routine. Here’s a fair treatment of the pros and cons of mixing cannabis and exercise from U.S. News and World Report.

 

Your Options for Combining Cannabis and Exercise

There are now cannabis gyms emerging on the scene in Colorado. One of the earliest spots, Break the Stigma Fitness in Wheat Ridge, offers a variety of exercise classes (yoga, kickboxing, etc.) with cannabis included as a free gift to anyone who attends the class. More than getting around laws that make it difficult, if not impossible, for a business to be both a fitness gym and a licensed cannabis seller, this gifting policy also serves as a solution for driving to the gym sober. It’s not like you need to get high before you go. Just show up a few extra minutes before class.

 

Outside of the gym, there are also several cannabis use website guides out there, such as 420 Tours. These online resources can give you ideas and strategies for safely consuming cannabis as part of your exercise routine.

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