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  • Alec Chenkus

Marijuana Users Are More Active? New Study Finds Marijuana Improves Exercise

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

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Marijuana Can Improve Exercise

There's a growing body of research showing that many cannabis consumers engage in active lifestyles, and that cannabis is associated with positive health outcomes. This flies in the face of the stereotype of a "stoner" - lazy, unmotivated, and couch-locked.

Researchers at the University of Colorado surveyed more than 600 marijuana consumers, and their results published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health revealed that marijuana use before or after exercising improves the experience and aids in recover, and those who do use cannabis prior to working out tend to get a healthier amount of exercise.

According to Marijuana Moment, almost 500 participants said they endorse using marijuana one hour before, or up to four hours after, exercising; and those who did use cannabis in that time-frame worked out longer than consumers who didn't pair the activities.

Why is this? Well, there are a few well-known obstacles to exercise that researchers have identified: a lack of motivation, difficult recovery after working out, and low enjoyment of the activity. Based on the results of the study, cannabis helped lift those barriers.

  • 70% of respondents said they agree or strongly agree that "cannabis increases enjoyment of exercise"

  • 78% of respondents said that marijuana "enhances recovery from exercise"

  • Just over 50% of respondents said that cannabis use "increases motivation"

“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,” the study authors wrote. “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.”


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