The search for a way to enhance the way we work out has arrived, in the form of getting high on weed!
But is weed really the way forward? Celebrity Chelsea Handler recently tried working out while high on her show and also a gym in San Francisco allows it’s members to smoke on the premises. Marijuana has definitely found a new friend.
But digging deeper into whether smoking weed while you workout is a good idea, things get interesting. A study from 2015 highlights the fact that weed can and does actually lower motivation. Making you just want to sit down on and relax on the couch rather than push yourself harder in a gym scenario, and also wouldn’t really make you want to get up off the couch and go work out. But it has been reported that some athletes actually do use it to give their performances a boost.
So why use it then?
Well, weed has an effect which helps the user dial down the response of pain, enabling them to go for longer without feeling like giving up. Which would probably explain why it’s on the US Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. It also has the relaxing effect, which can, of course, calm down the pre-performance jitters an athlete may have which of course is all part of sport. These are understandable reasons why an athlete may turn to weed. But as with everything, weed has its negatives. The continued use can be very bad for the heart, can cause inflammation and irritation of the bronchial tubes and the lungs, not good and lowers the efficiency of the respiratory system. Long-term heart problems are a risk also, weed increases your heart rate for up to 3 hours after use, so doing exercise with your heart rate already higher than normal would increase the risk of a heart attack. Why would you want to run the risk of a heart attack on the treadmill potentially putting you out of action for good?
If you go for an edible instead of smoking it, let’s not forget the fact that your visual perception, reactions, and coordination can and will take a hit too. Dangerous if say for instance you’re lifting heavy weights above your head in a gym or in an environment where you could trip over something and seriously injure yourself.
Common sense would say, it’s just not worth the risk.
You may or may not know this, but the active ingredient in marijuana is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Now a study in 2013 in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal found that a workout of moderate intensity can actually increase the amount of THC in the bloodstream of regular users of marijuana. The THC gets stored in fat cells, and as the fat is burned during exercise, the THC gets released straight back into the bloodstream. Something to keep in mind even though the effects are small.