A New Study Shows That
There is a stereotype that cannabis use makes people lazy and locked on the couch and not physically active. But then these data suggest that this is not the case, said the study’s lead author.
Forget about protein shakes, ginseng powders, and 5-hour energy injections; There is a new training partner in the city, and you will not find it at your local supplement store.
As the legalisation of cannabis continues to spread throughout the country, more and more Americans are incorporating the plant once-controversial into their active lifestyles. New research by the University of Colorado Boulder supports the claim, finding that about 80% of frequent cannabis users combine their use of marijuana with the exercise.
According to the Denver Post, the new research, titled The New Runner’s High? It was published in Frontiers in Public Health magazine this week. They surveyed 600 adult cannabis users in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Among respondents, 492, or 82%, said they used cannabis regularly within an hour before or four hours later, they exercised.
There is a stereotype that cannabis use makes people lazy and locked on the couch and not physically active, but these data must suggest that this is not the case, Bryan, the lead author of the report, said the Post.
And the CU study adds to a growing set of university and the anecdotal research on the active lifestyle and the exercise habits of cannabis users. It also occurs a few days after the launch of a study conducted by Michigan State University that suggests that marijuana users experience obesity at lower rates than non-consumers.
They have proselytised the benefits of cannabis as a pre-workout supplement and a post-activity recovery tool.
Since cannabis is known to reduce the inflammation, decrease pain, and, in some cases, stimulate euphoria. It is not surprising that marijuana users are incorporating and the plant into their exercise routines. That said, the scientists have not spent much time researching this combination, so far.
There are many interesting data points and hypotheses, but not many of them have tested, Bryan said.
Of the respondents who declared that they used cannabis in conjunction with exercise. 70% reported greater enjoyment of the activity, 78% said they increased recovery, and 52% said they increased motivation.
There is still some sorts of research to be done, and a series of legal barriers that must cross before the THC capsules end up on the CNG shelf. But as more and vast research comes to light. It is increasingly clear that the average pothead is probably closer to a marathon runner. Or at least a weekend warrior than the Netflix stereotypical compulsive observer.