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Can I Add Cannabis to My Exercise Routine?


2020 has thrown our hot body summer goals out the window. Physical activities for this year have included stirring the batter for a brownie recipe and lifting the remote to tell Netflix that yes, we are still watching.


After the crazy year we have all had, some of us need some help to get up and get moving again!


Marijuana users will be delighted to know that their favorite plant may actually support a healthier lifestyle in more than one way. It can boost motivation to shed that COVID-19 (or more) that was gained during quarantine!


If you are looking for a way to access medical marijuana in West Virginia you have come to the right place my friend! At West Virginia Marijuana Card, we make it easy to get medical marijuana treatment if you have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. We can help you every step of the way!


Continue on reading to learn everything there is to know about incorporating medical marijuana into your workout routine for 2021 using products that you can get at your local dispensary once they open up.


Important Note: While we make every effort to ensure the information in our blogs are up-to-date and accurate, this is in no way meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a condition that may be affected by physical activity, please consult your doctor before adding exercise or medical marijuana to your fitness routine.


Live a Healthier Lifestyle with Medical Marijuana

Don’t let the old stereotype of Reefer Madness cloud your vision of what medical marijuana can do to help you live your best life mentally, emotionally and even physically. An increasing number of studies have actually revealed that frequent marijuana consumers are more physically active and less obese than non-users.


While there are a number of factors that go into this correlation and more studies need to be done before reaching a definitive conclusion, many researchers believe that medical marijuana contributes overall to a healthier lifestyle. Below are some reasons as to why:


  • Reduced inflammation

  • THC and CBD helps calm immune response and inflammation.

  • Chronic pain relief

  • Marijuana helps reduce chronic pain due to a number of physical medical conditions.

  • Better focus

  • Marijuana users have self-reported that they can focus better when using.

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Not all strains can help anxiety, but those that do can get people out of their heads when it comes to working out or going to the gym.

  • Decreased boredom

  • When your mind is more focused, time passes quickly.

  • Better sleep

  • THC and CBD both help people get to sleep and stay asleep for longer periods of time which gives your body time to heal from all those squats you did.


Your Exercise Regiment and Medical Marijuana

About 20 percent of US adults experience chronic pain, and more than seven percent of the population states that their pain impacts everyday activities.


Using strains that are effective at reducing your pain and inflammation will certainly make it easier to get back to your workout routine and active lifestyle!

What to Look for When You Want to Get Fit

There are many different factors that can impact the effects medical marijuana can have on a person. The strain, format, product, type of pain you have, tolerance level, lifestyle, personal chemistry and even the type of exercise you’re doing can all be factors.


Experimenting with all these different factors is part of the fun! Here is a quick breakdown that may help you get started. Keep in mind that it is always best to start low and slow to prevent injury or feeling too high:


Best Terpenes for Pain and Inflammation:

  • Linalool

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene


Formats:

  • Tinctures

  • Sublingual tinctures typically have a higher CBD concentration, which is great for certain types of pain. They generally take effect in 20 - 30 minutes.

  • Edibles

  • You can get full body relaxation. They take up to 90 minutes to take effect.

  • Topicals

  • You can get relief and preventative care for specific pain points you may have.

Sleep, Recovery Time & Medical Marijuana

Sleep is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. If you are incorporating exercise into your life post-vaccine, sleep is necessary in recovery time!


You need sleep in order to recover from exercise, and cannabis can help you get the kind of restorative rest you need in order to keep moving after a workout.


Keep an eye out for strains that are high in CBD or have the terpene Myrcene. These two alone or combined can help relax tense muscles and give you a full night of rest.


Use an Indica-dominant strain about a half hour before bed, drink some lavender tea, rub on a cannabis-infused balm to soothe sore muscles, and get ready to drift off until morning!


Once dispensaries are open in West Virginia, you will be able to access strains that can help with your workout routine. They should be up and running by the end of the summer!


Complete Your Wellness Plan & Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

In order to get the most out of using medical marijuana for a healthier more active lifestyle, you need to have a marijuana card. Once you have it, you can legally purchase a wide variety of medical marijuana products at any dispensary in the state!


Give us a call at (877) 303-8424, or make a telehealth evaluation appointment to get a medical marijuana today!



Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.


West Virginia Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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