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The Effect Of Weed On Exercise: Is Marijuana A Performance-Enhancing Drug?

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Probably depends on which of the Big Three -- sleep/rest, nutrition, or actual working out -- you could benefit from improving the most. A lot of research here, but I was surprised how little this article had to say about inflammation.

I'm also surprised at how football is still staunchly anti-marijuana given its benefits to the brain.

Even the UFC gets that. 

As marijuana becomes more mainstream, with seven states preparing for legalization (hot on the heels of my home state of Washington, and also Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C.), an increasing number of athletes, including triathlete Clifford Drusinsky and what seems to be nearly the entirety of the UFC, are now turning to marijuana as a training aid for their running, swimming, cycling, lifting, fighting and more.

I like the concept of pot-based energy bars.

Marijuana often has an anxiolytic effect that can aid sleep and thus enhance recovery.

That's not about energy; it's about recovery. 

I guess the article doesn't talk about inflammation because it's implied by recovery and pain reduction.

Some athletes swear by using marijuana or its isolated active ingredients, such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) as performance-enhancer drugs, saying these substances ease anxiety and increase pain threshold so that they can push themselves during workouts. 


Therefore, an endurance athlete may benefit from the pain-numbing and bronchodilatory effects of marijuana to get through a tough training session, and a UFC fighter who is using THC in moderated doses could actually be able to experience a combination of pain-killing, creativity and focus. But including marijuana in high amounts – and especially meeting or exceeding doses of 100 mg THC – into a routine requiring complicated movements, an element of danger and teamwork, such as a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder, could be a recipe for disaster.

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