One of the biggest misconceptions about people that consume marijuana, is that they are lazy and live a sedentary lifestyle. Most know by now that the opposite is actually quite true, with many health-conscious, holistic nutrition advocates, competitive athletes and active people engaging in hobbies like hiking, running, swimming, climbing etc., incorporate cannabis in to their workout regimens and recovery routines.
Other than the obvious benefits of making you feel good, enhancing the natural high you get while working out and making you appreciate the beauty of your surroundings, THC & CBD can boost your runner’s high, improve your mental focus, spike your endurance, relieve the feelings of nausea or anxiety, decrease your aches, pains and inflammation during and post-exercise as well as increase circulation and blood flow so that you can perform at optimal levels with the least amount of discomfort.
Some athletes prefer the classic method of smoking, while other ingest health-conscious infused waters and sport drinks, edibles and sublingual products like mouth sprays before, during and after their activities.
I recently embarked on a journey to hike my first Fourteener, which is a hike to a peak reaching heights of over 14,000 feet. One of the most important tasks associated with a hike of this magnitude is preparation. To prepare for the hike we brought plenty of water for the trek up and down, some snacks, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, some sativa flower to smoke, fig bars, a first aid kit, layers for the weather changes, advil and a summit beer for the top.
Hiking can be rough on our joints and muscles. Natural relievers such as THC & CBD offer the best and fastest relief which I felt within 20 minutes after we smoked a joint containing flower with both CBD & THC.
We made it to the top in about four hours after stopping often for water breaks and to take in the gorgeous mountain views. It was quite challenging, with steep, uneven, rocky terrain the entire way leading up to the summit. By the time we got to the top, my legs felt spent. We ate our sandwiches and drank a celebratory beer, and shared a celebratory smoke of some flower which helped my legs feel a little less heavy and a little less swollen. I felt accomplished but was starting to feel stiffness in my knees and lower back set in when I stood back up, which a couple more tokes helped to alleviate.
After snapping some photos, we started our trek back down the trail. When we made it back to the bottom of the trailhead, I felt completely spent but so happy with the milestone hike we just completed. We couldn’t have asked for a better, more beautiful day.
Incorporating marijuana in to our hike made it more enjoyable, less painful, helped me to stay motivated and keep going even when I started to feel the stiffness set in. Cannabis was the catalyst in helping me stay fierce, fit and focused on this incredible hike of a lifetime!