Can Marijuana Make You A Better Athlete?
How can marijuana help you during an intense workout? Apparently it all depends on strain science.
With all the hype about endurance and after workout stimulants, one triathlete claims that marijuana can do it all. At the same time, he believes that it also enhances his focus and connects him with his body unlike anything else.
About the athlete
Cliff (who asked to remain anonymous) is a Denver resident who coaches strength and conditioning full time, and also is a competitive triathlete. The 39-year-old athlete is a former Div-1 soccer player who trains over 24 hours a week and partakes in Olympic distance triathlons (1-mile swim, 25-mile bike, 6-mile run). To Cliff, marijuana is entirely different from the recreational drug we all know and love.
Cliff believes that marijuana’s clinical benefits heavily extend into the workout industry. He describes it as a genetically engineered workout supplement that enhances his focus during workouts, and also numbs his aches and pains post exercise.
“My mind is always all over the place, I can get caught up in what’s going on around me,” he says. “Weed helps me keep my mind focused, if you can imagine that.”
It is important to note that Cliff never smokes his herbs. Most of his THC is delivered through cannabis edibles like in his homemade fruit and nut protein bars. He says that he only uses the strain “super lemon haze” for his edibles because it delivers a strong Sativa mental kick that keeps him focused and energized.
“It slows my thought process down so I can evaluate things as they come to me, one at a time,” he claims. “It gives me a beat in my head that I can follow when I run. I understand people who don’t want to race high because of the swim,” he says. “But to be honest, there’s nothing better than swimming as high as a kite.”
A new industry
The recently discovered benefits of certain strains of pot towards the fitness industry have resulted in a huge marketing campaign for these strains in cannabis legal states. Cannabis engineers are advertising their new creations as an essential part of your active lifestyle. San Fransisco has even launched a competition called the “420 Games”, where running, swimming, and cycling are used to promote healthy marijuana use while exercising. Suzanne Sisley, an MD from the University of Arizona understands the potential benefits that certain strains of cannabis can have on exercise but insists more work needs to be done.
“Research that looks at different marijuana strains needs to be done, because these could actually be mental performance enhancers for the general population. Strain science right now is based solely on urban legends and what patients tell us.”
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