ATTENTION THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC!
If you don't want to read about it, stop now!
Even though Marijuana is only psuedo legal at this time, and has been considered a bad drug for many years, the times, they are a changing!
When I hear the argument that marijuana is a possible performance enhancing drug, I can’t help but laugh.
I immediately remember my one pot brownie experience and how it left me feeling paranoid, borderline traumatized and just plain-old dumb for the next 24-hours.
But, apparently it’s true…(for some people, at least).
Just ask athletes like the MMA’s Nick and Nate Diaz, World Series champion Tim Linecum and NFL star Randy Moss—all of whom have allegedly reached the pinnacle of their sports as frequent weed-smokers (according to various media sources).
And now there’s even a cannabis gym in California! It’s called Power Plant Fitness (http://powerplantgym.com/) and you’re allowed to consume cannabis at the gym before or after your workout.
They claim that cannabis can help you move more effectively because you can tap into your mind-body connection a little more easily. Not to mention, it can help you focus, too, they say.
Check out this video from their homepage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=23jcnQcBoMs
They even have a line of supplements out now called CannAthlete! I guess those guys are really creative...
Apparently whether weed can help you at the gym mostly comes down to what strain you’re consuming. Clearly whatever type was in my pot brownie that left me barely unable to get out of bed the next morning wasn’t the performance-enhancing kind.
- SATIVA strains act as mild stimulants, meaning they help uplift and energize the way a pre-workout shake or a coffee does
- INDICA strains have a more relaxing effect, almost like a sedative (supposedly they help you recover, though).
- HYBRID strains do a bit of both.
Here are a couple articles that look at weed as a possible performance enhancer.
- This article (https://greatist.com/play/marijuana-effects-on-runners) talks about how athletes of all kinds, from runners to bodybuilders, are turning to cannabis.
- This article in the Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/how-marijuana-affects-working-out-2015-1) goes into marijuana’s anti-inflammatory and recovery effects and how it helps athletes.
What do you think? I'm not saying that I necessarily agree using marijuana, but it's out there and might even be worth a look into. After all we do live in Vernon BC, where there are a lot of LEGAL grow-ops!
So tell us, have you tried smoking a joint before the gym? What have you noticed?
Yours in Health,