Cannabis, CBD & Exercise

Cannabis, CBD, and Exercise

We all know that regular exercise is good for your health and well-being. Can exercise also improve the results you get from your cannabis or CBD experience? There are many things within your control that can impact your cannabis experience. Exercising might be one of them.

What we know about cannabis, CBD and exercise

Scientific findings about cannabis use and exercise are limited and have yielded conflicting results. While rigorous clinical studies haven’t been funded, there are some common themes that have been observed in the small number of studies that have occurred. Here are a few of the most reported:

  • CBD can potentially reduce muscle inflammation
  • THC may be effective for pain management, without the same addiction risk as opiates
  • Cannabis has shown positive results for treating muscle spasms associated with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.

What is suspected to be true

An interesting study was conducted in 2019 at the University of Colorado Boulder to gain insight on cannabis use and exercise. The study consisted of 494 voluntary survey respondents and cannabis users. They were asked about their use of cannabis both before and after exercise sessions (referred to as “co-use”). Approximately 82% of the respondents reported that co-use improved their workout. These “improvements” were described in several ways:

  1. Faster muscle and body recovery after completion of workout
  2. Increased enjoyment of the workout
  3. Increased motivation to exercise.

According to other research, exercise can naturally activate the endocannabinoid system in the same way that the cannabis plant does. 

Today, athletes are some of the biggest proponents of CBD for exercise recovery. With anecdotal evidence of reducing inflammation, easing muscle aches, and lowering blood pressure, CBD is regarded by many as a realistic treatment option. CBD has even been used by athletes to help settle performance-related anxiety.

Another study determined that exercise-induced increases in plasma THC concentration were positively correlated with the user’s body mass index (BMI).

So, in the end, how does exercise impact your cannabis or CBD experience? Or vice versa? And how can you figure that out for yourself?

Getting answers with Jointly

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Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

By submitting reports and ratings in Jointly, your own personal in-app Learning Center helps you understand how to improve your experience:

How do you find your optimal dose?
How much time should you wait between sessions?
How does ingestion method impact your experience?
How does time of day impact your experience?
Does it matter if you exercise before, during, or after cannabis use?
How does the amount of sleep you get the night before change things?
What about hydration?
How much food is in your stomach?
The quality of your diet?
Your environment?
The people you are with?

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

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