Infusing cannabis into workout routines is hardly a new concept, but it certainly seems to be growing in popularity.
In fact, a study from the University of Colorado, Boulder surveyed cannabis users in legal U.S. states and found that 81.7 per cent of participants endorsed using marijuana at the same time as exercising.
Clearly, cannabis has started to find its footing among the fitness community, at least among those who enjoy both fitness and weed.
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With more U.S. states legalizing recreational cannabis, this trend is only likely to grow and slowly find its way into the mainstream. While the science is inconclusive about whether a person perform better or worse while under the influence of a bit of THC, it isn’t stopping people from trying it out.
Once a person decides to add some THC to his or her fitness regimen, though, what is the best way to consume it for the best experience?
Smoking wins the popular vote
When considering the best habit to help workout, inhaling smoke is probably at the bottom of the list. Still, believe it or not, smoking is currently the most common method of use for those who incorporate weed into their workouts. At least, that’s what the results of a FitRated study suggests.
The majority of study participants, namely 61.1 per cent, opted for smoking, with the most popular choice of that method being use of a pipe, cited by 25.3 per cent. Those selecting smoking compared with 14.3 per cent of participants who opted for vaping, 11.8 per cent who popped edibles and just 3.7 per cent who went with tinctures.
Of course, there may be a few reasons why those polled made smoking their top choice for getting high and exercising.
Keep in mind that there may be contributing factors, including that flower is often much easier to come by than edibles, vape cartridges and tinctures. While all study participants enjoyed cannabis, they may not all have had the same access to diverse dispensary offerings.
Still, for people wary about smoking a little weed before working out, perhaps these numbers will put them at ease.
Vaping for the smoke-free and the novice
While smoking is the most popular option, vaping may arguably be the smartest path to take to get high and work out. For one, a hit or two from a vape is likely to leave one’s lungs less affected than the possible residue from a pipe. This is particularly true if a person does not smoke normally.
Not only is vaping a bit easier on the lungs for the novice, it is also easier to gauge than edibles.
Since a user can feel the effects of a vape almost right away, it can be done just moments before a workout. As such, this method requires no planning and, as an added bonus, the consumer won’t smell like a Phish concert!
Edibles for long-distance enthusiasts
Edibles are another strong contender for those looking to work out with some weed, but this cannabis option pairs best with specific types of workouts. One big difference with edibles, compared to smoking or vaping, is that they take longer to kick in and much longer to fade away.
The strength of an edible depends on dosage, but it is safe to say a person should not do exercises that involve complicated movements.
There are some great activities for after taking an edible, though. Long-distance running, hour-long stationary bike classes or even long rowing sessions would all pair nicely with edibles. Longer yoga classes and edibles are another popular combination, as they can help a person help focus and feel centered in his or her practice.
Tinctures and topicals for recovery and levelling up
Tinctures and topicals are not nearly as popular as edibles, vapes or smoking when it comes to combining bud with exercise. Still, this does not mean there is no home for them in this realm.
One great thing about tinctures is they have some of the best benefits of edibles combined with the benefits of vaping. For one, a user need not inhale any vapour or smoke, so the lungs may be happier.
Also, most tinctures are not derived from only fat, but from mainly alcohol, which allows them to get absorbed rapidly into a person’s system. This also means dosing (and re-dosing) is very easy.
Tinctures should not be forgotten by those looking to incorporate cannabis into their workouts.
Tinctures have proved popular methods for both relieving pain or relaxing. So, whether a person is in pain after a workout, or needs a relaxing way to get through the current one, perhaps a drop or two of tinctures may be just the ticket.
The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.
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