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Working Out High: Can Cannabis Improve Performance?

Published On:
August 3, 2021

Read time:
3 Minutes

Have you ever wondered if consuming cannabis can make your workout session more enjoyable, satisfying, and effective? It might seem like a myth, but according to studies, working out high can make you more motivated and recover faster.

In fact, a study conducted at the University of Colorado-Boulder found that eight out of 10 cannabis consumers ingest marijuana in a variety of methods before and after their exercise routines. The study also suggests that certain effects of cannabis might amplify your exercise experience. 

Read along to find out if working out high could amplify your next gym session or yoga in the park!

A man running while high

The Effects Of Working Out High

A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found out that those who consume cannabis tend to have lower body mass indexes, compared to those who don’t. To explain it further, the study suggests that those who engage in working out high are more motivated to go to the gym or perform their exercises at home. They also tend to recover faster when they incorporate cannabis in their workout routines. 

Here are more possible benefits of working out while high:

Working Out High Can Reduce the Body’s Inflammatory Response

While it can be gratifying, a heavy workout has consequences such as body pains and sore muscles. Working out high can help in easing built-up tension in the muscles after a serious session at the gym. Athletes are known to consume cannabis for their recovery routines, as it makes their bodies feel lighter. Cannabis is a known pain relief agent, which, in turn, makes it a therapeutic agent. 

Working Out High Promotes Mindfulness and Focus

While there is no proof that consuming cannabis can improve someone’s athletic performance, it may be beneficial for getting your mind in the game. This means that you will be more focused and more aware. Consuming cannabis before a workout can be an effective way to “get out of your head” and focus on your routines. Not to mention that it makes it more enjoyable, too!

Top Strains for Working Out High

It’s safe to say that sativa-dominant or pure sativa strains are best consumed when you are interested in working out high. Sativas are uplifting and cerebral, giving off enhanced productivity with a body high. 

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Here are some examples of strains that are perfect if you want to work out buzzed:

Sour Diesel

This strain is known to offer an energetic focus, an effect that works well when working out high. This sativa-dominant strain can get you off the couch and change into your workout clothes faster than you can imagine. If you don’t want to strain your lungs before a workout, opt for sour diesel edibles, instead. 

Honourable mention: the Sour Cookies strain is a cross between the Girl Scout Cookies and Sour Diesel lineages. With its doughy yet sugary aroma this strain is a treat before or after your workout!

Pineapple Express

The mellow buzz that Pineapple Express gives can be beneficial for slower exercises, such as yoga, aerobics, hiking, or water exercises like surfing or stand-up paddleboarding. It has a 25% THC and 1% CBD content, which creates an even high that is mixed with an energetic buzz. It can easily transform a boring workout into a fun, boosted-up session.

Durban Poison

This South African sativa has a 20% THC content with minimal CBD, and cannabis consumers often describe this strain as a good alternative to a cup of coffee. It gives an invigorating and inspiring high that can be constructive when you’re trying to experience working out high. It gives a stimulating effect that will give you that extra “push” in the gym. Choose this strain if you’re planning to do a high-intensity workout session with some energetic music on. 

Let True North Cannabis Co. Power Your Next Workout!


True North Cannabis Co. is Ontario’s largest retail cannabis shop, with 14 stores – and counting – all across the province. Our goal is to make quality cannabis products accessible and affordable to everyone, including those who want to experience working out high!

Take your workout sessions to new heights. Visit any of our locations, or contact us to find out more about our offerings specific to each location. Talk to one of our experienced budtenders and ask them about the best strains for running, doing yoga, or any other exercises to help you get started on your cannabis journey!

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