Eddie Bravo, Ross Rebagliati, Bill Walton … The list of awesome athletes who use cannabis goes on. The stereotypical image of a lazy stoner lying around in their underwear, snacking on junk food and watching television seems a bit ridiculous when looking at athletes like the ones we’ve mentioned here and in other articles.
Here are a few reasons why cannabis could be the athlete’s medication of choice in the future, and why even some of the best are using it today…
1. The THC
Many might remember the scene in American Beauty, where Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) uses cannabis and hits the weights. There are also various triathletes who use THC-laden snacks to go on long-distance runs, swims and cycles. Why? The psychoactivity of THC helps keep focus and prevents unnecessary distractions. Therefore, it should be no surprise that athletes who prefer to use cannabis before their workouts might prefer high-THC sativas (Lester Burnham likes G-13 Haze).
THC also works on the same cannabinoid receptors that the endocannabinoid anandamide works on. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for “runner’s high” – the blissful, euphoric feeling a person gets after exercise. For athletes who like to use THC to complement their workouts, this “rewarding” of the brain may not only keep the body focussed on exercising, but also fight through the “burn” and carry on going due to any pain being minimized.
Original Article : 5 Things You Should Know About Cannabis & Exercise