If you’re fitness-oriented and enjoy cannabis, you’ve probably wondered two things at least once: How do smoking weed and exercise go together, and what is working out high like? Well, here it is: your definitive guide to both topics.
Working Out High: Is It Safe?
First, let’s go straight to the question on everyone’s mind: Is working out high safe? The answer is maybe.
If you want to smoke a little grass then hit the track for a run, you’re probably going to be fine. Ditto on light strength training — the kind of "toning up" that many people do. The important thing is to be safe, and there’s probably not a safe way to squat 400 pounds after you smoke up. Cannabis is known to slow reaction times and impair motor skills, so exercise great caution.
Smoking Weed and Exercise: Is It Effective?
Forget safety: Is working out high effective? The answer here is probably not, though that might not matter a bunch. The limited science on the subject has found that working out high negatively impacts performance. But if you’re not an elite-level athlete, that might be perfectly fine.
With that said, you might have a better time working out while high, which in turn makes you more likely to exercise. Repetitive exercises, in particular, tend to be more enjoyable while high. So if you’re dreading that half hour on the treadmill, a little toke beforehand might make it more tolerable — just make sure you don’t fall on your face.
Workout Out High and Recovery
The other elephant in the room here is recovery. There is ample evidence that cannabis can assist in recovery. This includes reducing pain and soreness from a workout, as well as better sleep for those who suffer from insomnia. You don’t even have to smoke: CBD oil is currently all the rage among weightlifters, bodybuilders, powerlifters, strongmen and other strength athletes.
One last word about smoking weed and exercise: If you’re a competitor in any sport governed by USADA or WADA you should know that cannabis is a prohibited substance for both. So no matter how hard you work, if you can’t pass a drug test, you can’t claim your prize. At least for now, that’s just the way that it is.