I read somewhere that contrary to stereotypes, cannabis users are more physically fit than those who abstain. It’s certainly true for me! But what’s the etiquette on group exercise while high? Do I tell people? Could I just light a pre-roll on a hike or are the other hikers going to look at me weird? – Toned Toker
First off, good job staying active during these tough times and way to be a living counterpoint to the stereotype!
The research you’re referring to is a meta-analysis of accelerometer data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. Researchers found that activity levels were the same between moderate cannabis users and non-users, and that frequent cannabis users actually exercised more than either group.
A little weed before a workout works out for a lot of people. THC is a vasodilator, temporarily improving blood flow, which can help with oxygen delivery. Pinene, a terpene commonly found in cannabis, widens airways in the lungs. Smoke is never good for you but on the balance, cannabis could help your exertion more than it hurts. (You can avoid the smoke problem by using a portable whole flower vape.)
But on to your etiquette question. You don’t need to announce that you are a little lifted at spin class (as endearing as that would be) and personally, I think we’ve evolved to the point that sparking a jay outside shouldn’t cause anyone distress.
I am required to remind you that any public cannabis consumption is illegal here. But if hikers in Washington in 2021 are offended by a joint … well, they are going to spend a lot of time being offended.
If you’re still feeling embarrassed for people to see you with your consciousness and heart rate elevated simultaneously, check out cannabis yoga classes in your area. I’m sure you’ll meet lots of like-minded folks there – I sure have.
Three people have asked me if I was going to stop smoking in the new year. No. I’m not. I might even smoke more. Leave me the hell alone. – I’m No Quitter
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