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  • Olivia Castro

Can Cannabis Be Used During Exercise?


We all know that 2020 has put a dent in our hot body summer goals. Physical activities for this year have included stirring the batter for your latest brownie recipe and lifting the remote to reassure Netflix that yes, you are still watching.


After the year we have all had, some of us need all the help we can get to get up and get moving again!


Marijuana enthusiasts will be delighted to know that their favorite plant may actually support a healthier lifestyle in more ways than one, and can also boost motivation to shed that COVID-19 (or more) that we gained during quarantine.


If you are looking for a way to access medical marijuana in Ohio you have come to the right place! At Ohio Marijuana Card, we make it easy to get medical marijuana treatment if you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. We can help you every step of the way!


Read on to learn everything there is to know about incorporating marijuana into your workout routine using products that you can get at your local dispensary.


(If you were one of the few who managed to get ripped in 2020, congratulations! Imagine where you’ll be after you incorporate marijuana into your fitness routine!)


Important Note: While we make every effort to ensure the information in our blogs are up-to-date and accurate, this is in no way meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a condition that may be affected by physical activity, please consult your doctor before adding exercise or cannabis to your fitness regimen.


Marijuana Can Help You Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Don’t let the old stereotypes of Reefer Madness color your vision of what marijuana can do to help you be your best self mentally, emotionally and physically. An increasing number of studies have indicated that frequent cannabis-consumers are more physically active and less obese than non-users.


While there are a number of factors that go into this correlation and more studies need to be done before reaching a definitive conclusion, many researchers believe that marijuana may contribute overall to a healthier lifestyle. Here are some reasons why!


  • Reduced inflammation - THC and CBD can help calm immune response and inflammation.

  • Pain relief - Marijuana can help reduce nerve pain and chronic pain due to a number of physical medical conditions.

  • Better focus - Self-reports indicate that marijuana has helped it’s users focus.

  • Reduced anxiety - Not all strains reduce anxiety, but those that do can help people get out of their heads when it comes to working out.

  • Decreased boredom - When your mind is focused, time passes quicker.

  • Better sleep = Better post-workout recovery - THC and CBD are both effective at helping people get to sleep and stay asleep which gives your body time to heal from all those squats you did.


Marijuana and Your Exercise Routine

Around 20 percent of US adults experience chronic pain, and more than seven percent of the population reports that their pain impacts their everyday activities. If you fall into either of these segments, you may struggle to be motivated to even take a walk around the block, not to mention getting to that picnic spot by Lake Erie.


Using strains that are effective at reducing your pain and inflammation will certainly make it easier to get moving, keep moving, and recover once you’re done moving!

What to Look for When You Want to Get Fit

There are many different factors that can affect the way marijuana impacts you. The strain, format, product, type of pain you have, tolerance level, lifestyle, personal chemistry and even the type of exercise you’re doing can all be factors.


But experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun! Here is a quick breakdown that may help you get started. Keep in mind that it is always best to start low and slow to prevent injury or feeling too high:


Best Terpenes for Pain and Inflammation:

  • Linalool

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene


Strains to Look for Dispensaries:

  • LA Confidential

  • Star Haze

  • Martian Monkey

  • Durban


Delivery methods:

  • Tinctures - Sublingual tinctures typically have a higher CBD concentration, which is great for combatting certain types of pain. They generally take effect in 20 - 30 minutes.

  • Edibles - Edibles can provide a body relaxation, but remember that they take up to 90 minutes to take effect.

  • Dry Herb Vaping - Vaping can give you a balance of mental and physical relaxation depending on strain. Marijuana products used through inhalation will take effect in about 5 minutes.

  • Topicals - Won’t create a buzzy feeling but you can get relief and preventative care for specific pain points you may have.

Marijuana Helps with Sleep & Recovery Time

Sleep is one of the most important factors in healing and when you are living an active lifestyle. You need sleep in order to recover from exercise, and marijuana can help you get the kind of restorative rest you need in order to keep moving after a long workout.


Strains higher in CBD and/or the terpene Myrcene can help relax tense muscles and get a full night of rest. Use an Indica-dominant strain about a half hour before bed, drink some chamomile tea, rub on a cannabis-infused balm to soothe sore muscles, and get ready to drift off into a dreamland.


Indica-Dominant and High CBD Strains to Look for:

  • 3 Chems II

  • Vegas OG

  • Death Star

  • Purple Ghost


Remember that dispensaries are businesses at the end of the day. One day they could have a product and the next day they could be sold out. Some of the strains may not be fully available at all locations in Ohio.


The best thing you can do is check out the dispensary menu ahead of time, give them a call or even just start a conversation at the dispensary to let them know what exactly you are looking for and if there are any substitutes you can use.


Complete Your Wellness Plan by Getting a Medical Marijuana Card

In order to get the most out of using medical marijuana for better health and wellness, you need to have an Ohio marijuana card. Once you have it, you can legally purchase a wide variety of medical marijuana products at any dispensary in the state!


Give us a call at (888) 633-5808, or make a tele-health evaluation appointment to get a medical marijuana recommendation today!


 

Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Ohio Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Ohio.


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