It can be a very hazy subject.
Ever heard of runner's high? That moment when you're so focused and free, and running becomes less painful and more awesome. But...why wait for that, when you can just get high before stepping out?
"Blasphemy!" I hear you yelling. "Terrible idea," you say... Or, maybe your thoughts are more along the lines of, "Tell me more...🤔."
While going for a run after smoking weed — or lifting weights or really any exercise — might sound sketchy, there are plenty of folks who've already been there, done that. Just do a quick Google search (or check this out), and you'll find people talking about all kinds of ways in which toking up before a workout is helpful. But is it really true?
To figure it all out, we talked to marijuana experts Jim McAlpine, founder of the 420 Games and Power Plant Gym; Dr. Dustin Sulak, an osteopathic physician and founder of Healer; and integrative cannabis physician Dr. Junella Chin of MedLeafRx, which has three offices serving medical marijuana patients in New York.
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Just so you know, there haven't been any clinical studies testing the effects of marijuana on exercise.
But these experts have gathered their info from years of personal experience, anecdotal evidence, and their own research into the drug.
FYI: It's also a good idea to consult a doctor before changing or starting a workout routine. Working out requires an ability to be thoughtful and deliberate about the way you're moving in order to avoid injury or overdoing it, so to be clear, this isn't about getting stupid high and then working out.
Alright. Let's go!
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First and foremost, you should understand your relationship with weed — how it affects your mind and body specifically.
Marijuana isn't like a pharmaceutical drug, which is tested rigorously for safety and efficacy among a large group of people before being approved by the FDA. You can give anyone a prescription pill and it'll more or less have the same effect, McAlpine says, but give someone weed and it can affect each person in a different way.
"Cannabis has a bidirectional effect, which means at different dosages or with different individuals, you can see the exact opposite effect," Sulak says. "So for example if you give it to someone who’s anxious, it might relax them. Give it to someone who’s not anxious and it may make them anxious, especially if they’re in the wrong environment."
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