Exercising and keeping fit can mean the world to some people. It’s natural to wonder “Is smoking weed helping me stay healthy?”
Well, it’s possible that it could.
Often, people look at people who smoke weed and automatically associate it with laziness and being unmotivated. Yes, Cannabis relaxes you but being lazy and unmotivated is all up to the person using it. There are quite a few anecdotes coming from professional athletes claiming that eating cannabis-infused edibles before training increases their performance. Here’s why using marijuana may improve your exercise.
It Lessens Anxiety
Going to the gym can be nerve wracking, especially to those who don’t go to the gym often or to those who may be insecure about their bodies. Marijuana as we all know, has the ability to make you relax and relieves stress. This makes you feel more carefree on the way to the gym, especially if it’s your first time.
Marijuana also increases the airflow to your lungs by relaxing your airways, lessening resistance, allowing more air to enter your lungs with less work. Increased airflow allows more oxygen to enter your bloodstream, allowing larger deliveries of oxygen to your muscles and tissues. Oxygen is what keeps your muscles alive, and the higher the oxygen intake, the quicker they can heal. This prevents soreness.
It Elevates Your mood
Your body actually has the ability to produce it’s own THC. How awesome is that?
In case you didn’t know, THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and is the reason you get high.
Have you ever gone out for a jog and you noticed that you felt something like a high? You don’t know what it is, but it feels good. Well this is commonly referred to as the “Runner’s High” this is the result of THC being released by your endocannabinoid system. Smoking some weed, before going out for a run, elevates your mood even further, making jogging so much more enjoyable, increasing motivation and making you want to run further for longer.
It Increases Your Metabolism
Recent studies have shown that smoking marijuana can actually increase your metabolism. How often have you seen an obese stoner?
On average, the regular stoner intakes around 600 more calories a day than most people. Yet, obese stoners are somewhat of a rare thing to see. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey states that stoners had a 17 percent reduction in insulin resistance, and a 30 percent decrease in the likelihood of attaining type 2 Diabetes.
Insulin resistance slows the production of insulin. Insulin is released into the bloodstream where it breaks down glucose and converts it into useable energy. When there is less Insulin, there becomes a surplus of glucose. When glucose is not converted into energy, it gets stored as fat, this is why smoking weed helps you burn fat a lot quicker than non-stoners do.
Now these are all well and good, but just smoking weed does not ensure good health. You must remain active, eat healthy and exercise regularly to reap the benefits of cannabis to its full potential.