In case you haven’t been following the news, it turns out that Americans are rather…large; on average, that is, compared with people in other countries. As a consequence, exercise is a big thing in this country. Between gyms and home gym equipment, tens of millions of people in the United States engage in some form of exercise.
Statistically it is likely that a certain percentage of those exercisers are regular cannabis users. But how many use cannabis right after a workout? Does it help?
There are, of course, many reasons to believe it would help. Anyone who uses cannabis knows that unless you have a hardcore sativa strain, marijuana is going to help you relax. It is also a well-known anti-inflammatory, which means it helps with the aches, pains, and soreness associated with working out.
Numerous athletes have been caught, and have admitted to, using cannabis; these are athletes in the top levels of their sport. They include Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, professional wrestler Rob Van Dam and former NFL start Ricky Williams. Of course this doesn’t mean they used cannabis to help recover from a workout, but it certainly means that cannabis use doesn’t hamper their amazing athletic abilities.
As we know however, many people, including professional athletes, have no trouble taking all kinds of pain medication at the direction of medical health professionals. Pills that are dangerous and addictive. Various shots to reduce swelling and other inflammations. But in most sports, smoking a joint is strictly off limits and will get you suspended or worse; the aforementioned Phelps and Williams surely found that out.
Despite the way things seem now, minds are changing. There are more stories about marijuana and exercise and organizations like the NFL are slowly coming around as more players speak openly about how much cannabis helps them.
We need to keep the momentum going.