Exercising regularly is a very important part of an overall health strategy at any age.
It is recommended that people do at least an average of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 75 minutes of intense exercise.
The benefits of exercising regularly they are numerous, including increased energy, better general mood, and better sleep (among many other things).
Most people who exercise experience some form of post-exercise discomfort, especially after intense workouts.
“Good pain,” as it is sometimes called, is different from injury. It is the process by which the muscles of the body recover from intensive use. Does cannabis help with this recovery process?
Cannabis, CBD and perceptions of recovery
More and more athletes and people with active lifestyles are incorporating cannabis into their pre- and post-workout routines.
A team of academic researchers Recently, he tried to better understand why people use cannabis along with exercise by conducting a survey of athletes. Specifically, they aimed to “examine the timing of cannabis use in relation to exercise, the reasons for its use, the forms of consumption, and the sources of information in active adults.”
“74% of participants reported using cannabis with THC, 15% reported using both cannabis with THC and CBD, and 11% used only CBD. 44% of participants used cannabis before and after. of the exercise, and another 26% used cannabis only after the exercise “. the researchers stated.
“5% reported using cannabis before exercise for psychological reasons, while only 14% reported doing so for physiological reasons. Of those who only used cannabis after exercise, 36% said to report having used cannabis for psychological reasons, and 28% used it for rehabilitative purposes. ” the researchers also stated.
“It seems that most active people believe that cannabis and CBD can improve the psychological aspects of exercise and help with recovery from exercise.” the researchers concluded.
Does it improve the performance of cannabis?
The results of this study, and others like it, add to the growing understanding of how the cannabis plant affects athletes and people who lead active lifestyles.
International professional sports leagues seem to be moving away from considering cannabis as a harmful substance and into another potential problem.
As the cannabis ban erodes in professional sports, opponents of cannabis are stepping up calls to keep cannabis banned for performance-enhancing reasons.
Sure, the cannabis plant can help the human body, but it is not to such an extent that it should be considered to improve performance.
It is an unfounded statement, however, that seems to be gaining momentum in some sports circles. Leagues should treat cannabis as the medicine it is and ignore opponents of cannabis.