A University of Colorado Boulder survey has found 81.7 percent of respondents endorsed using cannabis concurrently with exercise, the majority of which said using cannabis shortly before or after working out “enhances their enjoyment of and recovery from exercise” while about half said cannabis use motivated them to exercise.
The online survey was conducted in states with adult-use cannabis access and hopes to fill research voids regarding cannabis and exercise engagement. The results back up recent cannabis-for-fitness trends such as yoga and events such as the 420 Games; although, most professional sports organizations ban the use of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, including CBD. In 2017, however, the World Anti-Doping Agency did remove CBD from its prohibited substances list.
The Colorado study surveyed more than 600 cannabis consumers about their workout habits.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to survey attitudes and behavior regarding the use of cannabis before and after exercise, and to examine differences between cannabis users who engage in co-use, compared to those who do not. Given both the spreading legalization of cannabis and the low rates of physical activity in the US, it behooves public health officials to understand the potential effects—both beneficial and harmful—of cannabis use on exercise behaviors.” – The New Runner’s High? Examining the Relationships Between Cannabis Use and Exercise Behavior in States with Legalized Cannabis, Apr. 8, Frontiers
While the study is in no way conclusive or suggests that cannabis will lead people to exercise more often, it does help dispute the ‘lazy stoner’ stereotype propagated by prohibitionists.
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