With the increasing legalization and acceptance of weed and cannabis culture across the world, of course new bud-inspired entities will start springing up. Not too long ago, weed dispensaries out West started the country’s first weed drive thru. There is a weed church in Indiana. However, there is an idea coming out of California, America’s tree capital, that is more throwed than all the rest: a weed gym.
That’s right. It may seem like trying to work out while high won’t necessarily go so well, but Power Planet Fitness in San Francisco will allow patrons to toke vapes and consume edibles. NY Magazine elaborates:
Jim McAlpine, a co-founder of Power Plant Fitness, has plenty of experience in the field of combining weed and fitness already: He’s behind 420 Games, “a series of active lifestyle events [that] works to break down the stereotypes that have been built up during the era of cannabis prohibition.”
McAlpine told TechInsider that all new gym members will first take a”cannabis performance assessment” before they can proceed to work out. And lest you think Power Plant Fitness is just a place to hang out and get baked, McAlpine has said, “It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around. We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”
While it may sound like getting blowed before getting busy in the gym would be counterproductive, there is evidence that burning it down before a workout is beneficial. According to cannabis authority Leafly:
It’s not news to the medical community that the human body stores tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), the main psychoactive in cannabis, in fat. However, a study put out this August in Drug and Alcohol Dependence has shown that this storage process can give exercisers an extra boost, even up to 28 days after consumption.
As the body begins to burn off fat, small amounts of THC are released back into the bloodstream, producing an effect similar to consuming a small amount of cannabis. THC blood levels increased by approximately 15% immediately after moderate exercise, yet this increase was no longer present two hours after the workout.
This study also showed a correlation between THC release and BMI. The greater the BMI, the greater the increase in THC reintroduced to the body…
We all know that exercise is good for you. Not only is it key to preventing obesity, which causes heart disease, diabetes, and many other illnesses, exercise is also linked to the creation of new brain cells and decreases in stress.
Yet, contrary to popular thought, it’s not just the endorphins (the compounds which make you feel excited after activities such as exercise and sex) that make physical activity so great. A 2003 study found that exercise actually activates the endocannabinoid system in the same way that the cannabis plant does. The endocannabinoid system is a group of lipids (types of fats) and cell receptors that cannabinoids (compounds like THC and CBD) bind to inside the body. It’s responsible for easing pain, controlling appetite, and influences mood and memory.
Perhaps as a coping mechanism for easing pain, the body naturally produces its own cannabinoids during exercise. In the aforementioned study, researchers found that human-produced cannabinoids increase as you exercise, causing you to feel a little “high.”…
A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine has found that regular cannabis consumers have fasting insulin (insulin in your body before eating) levels 16% lower than non-consumers. The study also found that cannabis consumers had 17% lower insulin resistance levels and lower average waist circumferences.
Insulin is the hormone that tells your cells to take in sugar (glucose) to use for energy. If you have too much unused sugar in your cells, you will gain weight. If your body isn’t handling insulin properly, you may also gain weight. The study’s findings show that the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant help facilitate metabolic function.
Coupled with the pain-relieving effects of both plant and human-derived cannabinoids, cannabis and exercise seem to go hand in hand if you’re looking to improve your physical health. (Just be sure to cut back on the Taco Bell.)
Try it if you want to.