The third week of January is notorious for a wild percentage of abandoned New Year's resolutions, because, well, goals are hard and motivation is fleeting. But we're letting you in on a little secret. If you're like countless others making health and fitness-related resolutions this year, you can get over that dream-crushing, third-week hump with — surprise — a little cannabis. Seriously! Here are three reasons cannabis makes the best gym buddy.
It'll Get You Going
Ever feel like the hardest part of a workout is just mustering up the energy to start? Well, good news. Much like the famous runner's high — that flood of endorphins that seems to come out of nowhere and motivates you to keep going — cannabis may trigger more energy and less fatigue. Studies with mice have shown both effects, plus increased motor activity, after small amounts of THC. Chalk it up to the body's response to both the endocannabinoid system and endorphins — it's surprisingly similar.
So if you're feeling particularly unmotivated to work out, a little cannabis can be the pick-me-up you need to get going.
It'll Help You Recover Faster
One of the hallmarks of CBD is its anti-inflammatory benefits. That's a pretty perfect property after a workout, when your muscles are screaming and even your joints feel a little tender. A little self-care in the form of a cannabis tincture or topical can help address the pain, reducing inflammation, and promote healing so you can get back to training.
In this instance, cannabis is a great alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications — you know, the standard OTC pain relievers we've been taking our entire lives. The FDA notes that popping these meds increases the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, and they come with a laundry list of side effects, from dizziness and rash to heartburn and gastrointestinal bleeding. Clearly, there is a better way to address post-workout soreness.
It'll Help You Sleep Better (More Recovery)
You probably know that all your hard work in the gym really pays off when you're sleeping — that's when your body starts rebuilding and growing. Quality sleep is a necessary component to success with your training efforts, but it can be an elusive bugger. OTC sleep aids can be addicting, and the jury is still out on the role of cannabis for sleep. However, we do know that it can reduce stress, anxiety and pain, so if these are the issues keeping you awake at night, a soothing cannabis nightcap might be really helpful.
This probably goes without saying, but avoid smoking cannabis if you're keen on improving your health and fitness. Smoking anything is really hard on the lungs, and there are multiple consumption methods that will help you benefit from cannabis without sacrificing your lungs in the process. Our budtenders are always on hand to answer questions and make recommendations, so don't hesitate to ask.