Unveiling the Link Between Cannabis and an Enhanced ‘Runner’s High’ with Reduced Pain During Exercise
Earlier this year, well-known cannabis culture maven The Highest Host, Adam Ill, ran the LA marathon while smoking cannabis…. and as it turns out, he may have actually been on to something… In a recent study by the University of Colorado Boulder, researchers discovered a fascinating connection between cannabis consumption and an enhanced exercise experience, specifically in running. These findings challenge and provide evidence countering the negative stigma surrounding cannabis.
The study involved 49 regular runners who rated their runs after consuming cannabis and without consuming it. Participants reported experiencing greater positive affect, tranquility, enjoyment, and dissociation during cannabis-enhanced runs, along with an increased “runner’s high.” Moreover, they reported lower pain levels after cannabis-infused runs. They did run a bit slower after consuming cannabis, however I’m sure Sha’Carri Richardson may disagree that cannabis makes you run slower. Researchers reported that they ran 31 seconds slower per mile, but said that was not statistically significant.
These findings align with prior research showcasing cannabis’s potential positive impact on physical activity. A 2019 study revealed that individuals consuming cannabis during workouts tend to engage in healthier exercise habits. Additionally, older cannabis consumers and frequent consumers were found to be more physically active, further dispelling misconceptions.
Beyond exercise benefits, medical cannabis has shown “significant improvements” in the quality of life for individuals with conditions like chronic pain and insomnia, as published by the American Medical Association (AMA). The effects are found to be sustained over time, further underscoring the potential benefits of the plant. As science uncovers new evidence supporting cannabis’s positive effects on exercise and quality of life, prohibitionist claims lose ground. The data continues to debunk long-standing misconceptions and stereotypes, fostering a more nuanced and informed discussion about cannabis.
Looking ahead, continued scientific exploration will play a pivotal role in shaping policies and public perception surrounding cannabis consumption. The University of Colorado Boulder’s study provides a compelling glimpse into the potential of cannabis to enhance the exercise experience, debunking stereotypes along the way.
As cannabis research progresses, we gain valuable insights that challenge negative propaganda and support evidence-based discussions.
With ongoing research and a balanced approach, we can continue to unlock the full potential of cannabis for improved well-being and overall health. We can show that cannabis isn’t just for getting high or curing cancers, so that people can make an informed decision on how they can incorporate the plant and its many benefits into their everyday lives.