Ever thought of using cannabis before a workout? If you are in the right frame of mind, it could be the key to unlocking that extra focus you need to go for a run!

Contrary to popular belief, research indicates that the mixture of marijuana and exercise isn't necessarily the terrible idea many would think it to be. In fact, it could be beneficial. How?

4 WAYS SMOKING BOOSTS MUSCLE GAIN AND IMPROVES EXERCISE

Sleep

If you're all about optimising your body's potential, then you are already aware of the importance sleep has over repairing your muscles and rejuvenating you. Research has shown cannabinoids found in cannabis can simulate natural brain activity, resulting in a regulation of sleeping patterns and better sleep. Scientists found that it helped the average person fall asleep an hour earlier on average, and increased the length of deep sleep (the period of rest where the body restores itself) they experienced.

Mindset

They say the mindset is the core of all our endeavours. In our experience, working out isn't the first thing that springs to mind after a joint. Generally, the only working out most want to be doing is totting up the total of a pizza bill Yet, while some find themselves dreading the meagre distance to the front door, some of us tokers are out lifting weights and hitting it hard. At least according to the Men's Health Forum, where a surprisingly large amount of people have weighed in with their opinions on marijuana and how it benefits their workout.

Users reported the drug allowing them to zone out into a state of absolute focus, which for runners seemed to break up the monotony of a jog and help them keep rhythm, while lifters would became more attuned with their body and muscles.

The negative posts on the forum were almost exclusively by non-smokers who had not tried getting high before they cable fly-ed, basing their convictions on the dangers of smoking and its detrimental effect on the lungs and arteries. Logical arguments – that were overturned by those who utilise edibles or vaporisers.

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One user did recount, however, an experience where he and his friend went to the gym after a smoking session and discovered he couldn't focus in the slightest, whilst his friend steamed on to an intense workout. As we know it affects everyone differently, so whether you're lucky enough to glean a boost from it could depend on your situation.

Metabolism

A study conducted in an Inuit community (where a large percentage of the natives were regular cannabis users) found that smokers seem to have a higher metabolism and, generally, a lower BMI, despite eating more calories. The obesity and diabetes rate of the society were also significantly lower.

Munchies

The infamous munchies can finally be put to good use. When trying to bulk up the muscles on your body, athletes can often become sick of having to eat tirelessly to sustain themselves. In some cases, this is completely understandable. (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has to eat 7 meals a day to maintain his enormous bulk.) By occasionally indulging in a joint, you can exploit that familiar yearning for food and transform it into a muscle refuelling session.

THERE IS EVEN A GYM DEDICATED TO IT

gym marijuanaWe are not the only ones to have done a little research into the exercising power of weed. Thanks to the legalisation of cannabis, America’s first cannabis-based gym is opening up, aptly named “Power Plant.” Co-founder Jim McAlpine explained that the focus of the gym will be to use cannabis as a tool for both focus and recovery, showing the many real uses of cannabis and helping dispel the myth that all cannabis users are lazy. He stated, “It won’t be a place to get high and screw around.”

The gym is still in the planning phases, but it should drive home the point that cannabis and exercise have the potential for a beneficial relationship.

In summation, there are plenty of people who are outspoken about the combination of exercise and weed (Rob Van Dam the wrestler, or Joe Rogan from the UFC for example) and its benefits, but when deciding what's right for you and your workout, listen to how your body performs. If you can reap the rewards, why not think about hitting the bong while you're hitting the gym.

 

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