As cannabis’s popularity reaches new heights, an increasing number of professional athletes are coming forward to discuss their marijuana use. Athletes who use cannabis to enhance their performance usually cite its ability to boost focus, quell anxiety and spur motivation. If you’re having a hard time convincing yourself to get off the couch and hit the gym, or if you just want to shake up your workout routine, here are some marijuana strains you can try.
Red Congo’s high promotes focus and euphoria. It also provides the kind of mental clarity that helps you laser in on the task at hand—whether it’s going on a run or lifting weights. This African landrace sativa is often used by Seibo Shen, founder of VapeXhale and a jiu-jitsu fighter who trains with cannabis. Seibo says he’s started winning more matches since he began using cannabis in his training regimen.
Green Crack’s uplifting effects are a favorite among users who are looking to get things done—this includes working out. Its invigorating qualities will help get you outside or to the gym, while its mysterious indica heritage will give you a sense of euphoria and calm as you lift those weights or sprint around the track.
Not everyone does well with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so for folks looking for an energy boost sans psychoactivity, Harlequin is a good bet. This high-cannabinol (CBD) strain washes away any pain or anxiety you may experience during exercise, thus helping you focus and get the best out of your workout.
It might seem odd to have an indica included on this list, but frequent cannabis users often enjoy a body-heavy indica while exercising. This cannabis strain’s sedating effects may even be a boon for those prone to overthinking—Grape Ape is used by the folks at CannaAthlete, a community of athletes who use cannabis during training, for just this reason. According to Jean Paul Ghazeleh-Aceves, the organization’s founder, this strain’s high myrcene content can calm the mind and allow users to fully engage in their workout.
Do you have a cannabis strain that you like to use when working out? If so, let the HelloMD community know in the comments section below.
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