Puff, puff… pump the iron?
Cannabis is known for its potential to help elevate feelings and expand awareness, which can intensify activities like sex, partying or even laying low on the couch. But what about workouts?
For some, the idea of going to the gym high might intensify paranoia and anxiety, while others find it useful to turn it up to 11. A recent survey by Canadian exercise gear review site FitRated asked 1000 people who work out at least once a week about how their gym habits are affected by cannabis and/or alcohol use.
Here are the highlights:
Cannabis is perceived to be healthier than alcohol
Nearly 25 per cent of those surveyed felt strongly that cannabis has the potential to play a part in a healthy lifestyle. Those who fell under the label of “extremely” or “moderately fit” were less likely to agree compared to those who were less active.
Just 14.5 per cent of those surveyed said they strongly agreed that moderate drinking can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Of those who included a workout as part of their regular routine, they said that on average, they consumed eight alcoholic drinks each week and used cannabis twice a week.
Pre-gym buzzes can be effective
Three in 10 of those surveyed said that their gym time improved after consuming weed. Forty-forty per cent said it chilled them out, 38 per cent reported that they had a better workout and 35.5 per cent said it made things more fun while grinding it out. It’s worth noting that cannabis has been found to help relax muscles, which can surely prove to be a bonus for some, before or after a workout.
When it comes to the drawbacks of combining working out and weed, 9.1 per cent said it made their gym time less productive than usual. There’s also the issue of the munchies — 37 per cent of those who exercised after getting baked reported that an increase in hunger had the most significant impact on their gym time. Some participants also reported that a pre-cannabis sesh made their workouts feel slower and left them more dehydrated.
Quit while you’re ahead?
For those who are new to working out, 22 per cent of those surveyed either quit smoking cannabis or reduced their consumption. Nearly half of them stopped or limited their drinking.
Overall, a good number of participants didn’t change their cannabis or alcohol habits at all. Nearly 33 per cent of cannabis consumers and 35 per cet of drinkers said they continued at the same level of intake after kicking off a new workout plan.
Written by Elianna Lev