Can Microdosing Marijuana Lead to a Better Workout

Posted on September 12th 2018

Yes, you can use cannabis before a workout. It may surprise you the number of people who do it on a regular basis. With the green rush causing cannabis business to go through the roof in legal states, more athletes are using cannabis to enhance their fitness without using harmful steroids and questionable supplements. 


What Is the Right Cannabis Dosage for Working Out?

Finding the right dosage is crucial if you want to accentuate your focus toward things like long runs and heavy weights without breaking your motivation. The key is to remember that cannabis affects everyone differently and that the "start low, go slow" rule applies when you're starting out on your marijuana health kick.

Microdosing is a method of consuming weed that results in a longer lasting, very mild high. It should be enough to affect you slightly during your workout; having a bit too much could get you high fast, making it likely you'll crash into a mess of fatigue and lethargy if you try to work out.

Many athletes find a five to 10 milligram dose of THC to be a great microdose that allows them to stay clear-headed and energetic while still feeling the pain-relieving effects that enable them to work out longer. 

Once you've set your dosage, it should allow you to build your fitness schedule to incorporate cannabis in a way that the marijuana becomes a part of your focus, ritual, and recovery. Some athletes even claim to experience a drop in their rate of injury.

And the cannabis road to recovery doesn't end there. There are balms, ointments and bath salts that will while away your aches and pains so that you can hit the trail, Soulcycle studio or CrossFit gym again sooner. In fact, if you are iffy about vaping before a workout, you can always start with using the plant strictly as a recovery tactic. And if THC isn't your cup of tea, you can rest assured that there are more anti-inflammatory properties in products that are high in the compound cannabidiol, some of which have little to no psychoactive THC. 


3 Reasons to Microdose Your Workouts

Microdosing cannabis during exercise in various edible forms can aid your training and performance in these three fundamental ways.

  1. Micro-dosing before endurance training can quell some of the sharp pains and aches that arise during the session. Because intense pain can affect one's form, some long-distance runners swear by over-the-counter pain medications to dampen discomfort while on the road. Unfortunately, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) like acetaminophen can be toxic to the liver and raise the risk of heart attack. 
  2. Microdosing a workout can help an athlete get "in the zone," where movement feels more effortless and time collapses like a telescope. An athlete whose mind is uni-focused is one with success on their side. Several runners have confessed to lighting up before a race, according to research from The Wall Street Journal
  3. Cannabis is a well-documented treatment for severe nausea caused by chemotherapy and should help with workout-induced nausea too. Eating within the short window of time after exercise is so crucial when training that if exercise-induced queasiness is preventing that, marijuana isn't an extreme solution. 


Still Worried about Mixing Cannabis with Fitness? 

While we can’t help with the stigma associated with using marijuana, we can help you have a great experience with it in the gym, on the trail, or on the mat.  

The right amount of cannabis is typically much lower than what people would expect and certainly lower than what is currently considered a dose—a dab, a joint or a heavily medicated edible.

Once you know how marijuana affects you, you'll probably be good with about one to three puffs, if you're smoking or vaping it. And of course, the best way to do this is to start small and work your way up to find the sweet spot. 

How marijuana affects your workout or performance depends mainly on the type of exercise and goal at hand. One of the rare studies we have, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, reports that weed degrades peak performance. Researchers only looked at it qualitatively, so we don’t know how much of an effect smoking weed would have on your workout. But for a race, competition, or even deadlift PR, you want to be at your best—so as best we know, skip the spliff.


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