Survey shows how athletes approve of cannabis for exercise

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Athletes and exercise enthusiasts admit that cannabis helps their routines

While for many, combining marijuana with exercise would seem to be an unwise idea, several surveys and studies have revealed that many people prefer to get high before going to do their routines at the gym. It seems that the combination of this activity brings different benefits ranging from concentration to improved recovery. Knowing this, many people may choose to relate the two cultures in a closer way.

If you are skeptical about the fitness benefits of marijuana, you have reason to be. For years, marijuana has been touted as a treatment for everything from epilepsy to opioid addiction to sleep apnea, so it’s no surprise that some athletes swear it could also help them improve their performance. Recent research has actually found that cannabis influences the cardiovascular system, for example, by dilating blood vessels and increasing heart rate. Although, for many, these effects may be harmless, they could actually be a great solution for those who suffer from heart conditions, especially when exercising on a regular basis.

Mixing marijuana with exercise seems to be becoming a trend. A survey of 600 people in the US has confirmed this, revealing that over 81% supported the use of cannabis while exercising, and young men were particularly fond of this combination.

“The majority of participants who endorsed using cannabis shortly before/after exercise reported that doing so enhances their enjoyment of and recovery from exercise, and approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise,” wrote the study authors.

In addition to being able to bring great benefits, it is also reported to promote consistency, as those who smoked before exercising tend to perform more minutes of aerobic and anaerobic exercise per week than those who prefer not to use cannabis in the gym.