At first glance, the man who sits before me doesn’t seem like someone who would need medical cannabis—but looks can be deceiving. It’s a common misconception that medical cannabis is only for physical ailments; but numerous patients use medical cannabis to help with mental ailments as well. For Patient A (as we’ll call him moving forward) and many others, medical cannabis plays a critical role in their day to day well-being, both physical and mental.
It is proven that cannabis can greatly enhance the experience of one’s workout regime and overall exercising experience so choosing the best method of doing so is important. Vaporizing is less harsh on the lungs and body, as vaporizers utilize one of two heating styles; convection or conduction, to produce an effective high with little to no exhalation of smoke.
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Higher Path Boxing with owner Kenny Artis and watched him teach one of his classes. Kenny is a patient here at The Higher Path and it was a real treat to see how cannabis helps him stay in the kind of physical and mental shape he needs to be in to teach his classes throughout the week: “I strongly believe in boxing, it transfers into everything you do in life. It teaches you not to quit, it teaches you technique, it teaches you not to give up on yourself…it teaches you that all things are possible if you just put the time and the work in.”
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is a professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) organization that began in 1993. The organization was founded on a Brazilian form of MMA known as Vale Tudo, which is Portuguese for “anything goes”. As the term would imply, these competitions allow various styles of martial arts to be used. In fact, most competitors would consider it a requirement to master multiple styles in order to have a fighting chance in the octagon. As far as how the organization fits into the sports world as a whole. One could easily argue that the UFC is the NFL or NBA of professional mixed martial arts. While combat sports themselves are a polarizing subject, the fact is that the UFC is now the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, airing in over 800 million households. There is no question they have become a major influence in our society.
For years people have been under the impression that “runner’s high”—the feeling of euphoria you experience at the end of a workout—is caused by a release of endorphins. However, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates it is actually a product of endocannabinoids, not endorphins.
Stoked for leg day? Me neither usually. Motivation is a constant struggle when it comes to exercise and is what usually causes the “I'll just go tomorrow” syndrome. A great way to boost your spirits and turn up your pre-workout ritual is some sativa! The great thing about sativa strains are their terpenes and sharp psychoactivity.