First of all, it should be clear that we’re not saying everyone should get high before hitting the gym, the yoga studio, or the hiking trail. Our advice? Test out the way cannabis affects your fitness regime in a low-stakes environment. Use a small dose and then do some light exercise in the comfort of your home before going big at the gym or heading out on a demanding run or hike. Remember that cannabis affects everyone’s body and mind differently, and what works for one person may not work for the other.
Also, it’s important to consider that not all the people in the studies above used cannabis before their workout. Some used it after, still reporting the same positive results. Researchers believe that people who anticipated the reward of cannabis use after a successful workout used this as motivation, eventually creating a powerful subconscious association between their workout and the positive feelings that came from cannabis use.