As marijuana shifts to becoming part of a wellness program to stay healthy and fit, the benefits of smoking marijuana before exercise can be plentiful. We all know that Michael Phelps, the man who won more gold medals than anyone else ever in History was a marijuana user, but obviously marijuana wasn’t the only ( far from it ) instrumental to his success. Nonetheless smoking weed can have some positive effects for those of us who like to toke up and get our blood flowing.

Keith Johnston, a marathon runner and founder of “High Skies” running club states that using cannabis before a run gets him into the zone, and allows him to focus more on other things besides the pain of running. Of course for runners and other athletes the use of a vaporizer or edibles is preferable than inhaling smoke ( which isn’t good for anyone ) .

But the benefits of using marijuana go beyond just the exercise itself. After a workout our muscles are tired and strained. Many times cramps will occur for muscles which get tight. Cannabis helps relax these muscles and allows or the blood to flow more freely and help build muscle tissue faster. A joint after a work out can be a perfect accompaniment, especially if you’ve got a hot tub, or even a hot tub to relax in.

Elite triathlete Clifford Drusinsky, who also owns a gym in Colorado that “Marijuana relaxes me and allows me to go into a controlled, meditational place,” Drusinsky told Men’s Journal. “When I get high, I train smarter and focus on form.”. And these are actually some of the same results that a lot of creatives talk about as well. That marijuana is a substance which allows their mind to focus. This flies in the face of the stereotypical image of the stoner laid out on a couch with no ambition. As the old stereotypes of the past get shattered, and more athletes come forward the debate has moved to the mainstream. With the NBA and NFL both considering taking cannabis off the list of banned substances.