How to Use Cannabis Safely in Your Exercise


The legalization of marijuana has far-reaching implications. From attracting a diverse user base to producing a wider range of products, the legality of the plant has opened up a whole new landscape for the enthusiast and the curious. It has also spawned a growing cult of weed and workout.

Many people call their weed workouts invigorating and joyful, contradicting the ubiquitous stereotype of the lazy stoner. Cannabis has always been quite malleable; Once you know how to use it, you can add it to any activity and get positive results. However, whenever you take any substance, it is very important to give priority to your health and wellbeing, and above all to be safe.

Here are a few tips that can make your weed exercise safer and just as efficient:

Start small

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Whether you are a seasoned bodybuilder or a seasoned cannabis user, it is important to start slowly when combining the two activities for the first time. You don’t want to be crazy while exercising; the sweet spot is a little less than a nice high, an amount of THC that is invigorating to the touch and allows focus but not clouding the mind.

Smoke less than you normally smoke, exercise, and monitor your experience. Increase the dose if necessary.

Choose your method wisely

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The method of ingestion is just as important as the dosage. For the first few times, stick to a method that you’ve already tried, something you know how to use. While many people are experts in their edibles, timing is key in training. Ideally, you want something that acts quickly so that you can maximize your exercise and reflect your performance.

Choose a workout that suits your high

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It also completely depends on you and the type of highs you have in general. If you run regularly, try grass running. If you practice anything else, give it a try too. In general, it’s best to combine weed with exercise that is kind of thoughtless and allows you to focus on exercise. Walks, easy hikes, spinning, or treadmill workouts are ideal as your mind will become focused and you will likely train much harder than you are used to.


Beth Edmonds