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Science Says Smoking Weed Can Motivate You to Go to the Gym

Oprah Magazine logo Oprah Magazine 5/1/2019 McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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  • The Frontiers in Public Health journal published a paper on April 30 that suggests marijuana use could motivate people to exercise.
  • The University of Colorado Boulder surveyed 620 participants through a Facebook survey.

You know that stereotype that all marijuana-users tend to be a bit more... low energy? Well, a new study may prove that myth wrong.

In a recent paper published in the Frontiers in Public Health journal, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder detailed a survey they conducted that consisted of 620 participants. They're findings? Smoking the plant could actually be a motivating factor for getting to the gym.

"Participants who use cannabis before and/or after exercise reported that they exercised more, and had positive attitudes about co-use on exercise, which implies cannabis may be a useful tool for exercise among some users," the paper said.

They went on to explain that "sedentary cannabis users" could even potentially benefit from the co-use of marijuana and physical activity, particularly if their lack of exercise is due to lack motivation or enjoyment." But one thing to keep in mind? Findings advise that in these cases, people should "select low-risk exercise options that do not compromise safety during intoxication." In other words? Be careful folks.

The survey, titled "Cannabis and Health," was advertised on Facebook and specifically targeted users who were 21 and older and live in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. (California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.).

Researchers also discovered that the majority of responders who were in favor of smoking a little tree while exercising found that they experienced enhanced recovery from the minor aches and pains that come with physical activity. But with that being said, only a minority noted that using cannabis made their workouts better.

It's also worth noting that it was more likely for younger males to use weed with exercise. Women made up 42.8% of respondents who were in favor of co-use. That's compared to the 63.1% of women who were not.

While these revelations are surprising-some could say game-changing- CU Boulder did acknowledge that this is just the beginning of scientific efforts of this nature and "research is needed to refine and expand upon this foundational study."

So what's this mean? If it's your thing, it may be time to fire up that elliptical, and, well, you know.

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