Due to the tired cliché of the lazy and apathetic stoner, you’d be forgiven for thinking that cannabis and exercise wouldn’t make the best of bedfellows. A longstanding assumption, somewhat quashed by the opening of the very first cannabis gym in California in 2017.
Attitudes to cannabis and the cannabis lifestyle in general have altered radically over the past few years. Now more than ever, adults of all ages are seeking new and enjoyable ways to bring cannabis into their everyday lives. Not to ride-out every day in a blissful fog, but to intensify the enjoyment and effectiveness of everyday activities.
One of which being exercise - a surprisingly perfect partner for pot. From the most hard-core gym freaks to weekend joggers and everyone in between, a good dose of dank at the right time really can make all the difference.
So with this in mind, what follows is a brief rundown of five ways cannabis can be incorporated into your fitness regime for maximum enjoyment:
1. Cannabis and Yoga
First and foremost, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why cannabis and yoga really are the perfect pairing. Yoga is less about intensive exercise, more about the enjoyment of a meditative experience and spiritual awareness. Precisely what you can expect from a few control hits of a quality cannabis strain.
For obvious reasons, you’ll need to approach the strain-selection process carefully and avoid getting carried away with it. Anything that numbs or incapacitates the body isn’t going to help you twist into the shape of a pretzel.Choose an uplifting, mind-opening cannabis strain that will enhance the experience and send you into a world of absolute bliss.
2. Cannabis and Running
There are two reasons why cannabis could prove to be the ultimate weapon in the competitive runner’s arsenal. First of all, a few hits on an energising strain of cannabis could give you the motivation you need to get up and active.Particularly useful if you typically find yourself looking for any excuse not to bother.
Secondly, cannabis is also renowned for driving mental focus and determination. So along with providing your body with the energy it needs to get moving, you’ll also benefit from the psychological strength you need to endure your workout. Once again, however, you’ll need to steer clear of anything heavy and sedating like Super Skunk, which could have the exact opposite effect.
3. Rest and Recovery
One of the most important rules when it comes to creating an exercise regime is to reward yourself for a job well done. And what better way to reward yourself than with a relaxing smoke, courtesy of your favourite strain?
In addition, research has shown that cannabinoids can play a direct role in assisting the muscles and joints with the post-workout recovery process. Or to put it another way, you’ve got every excuse in the world to hit the bong after hitting the gym.
4. Explore the Great Outdoors
Last but not least, even a quick walk around the block can be enhanced with the right high. Suffice to say therefore, head out for a day or two in the wilderness with a baggie of Cabbage Patch strain and you’re in for the experience of a lifetime.
It’s almost impossible to put into words the extent to which quality cannabis can enhance and improve the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Hiking trips, wild camping or even a fun-filled day at the seaside - all prime for herbal enhancement. And as you’re doing your body a world of good with plenty of physical exercise, you’re more than entitled to indulge!