Studies on the use of marijuana during exercise have produced varying findings, with one study finding that older individuals who used the herb got more exercise done when compared with those who didn’t. To make sense of the drug’s benefits, the University of Colorado Boulder plans to conduct a study that will focus on how legal market marijuana impacts performance during exercise.
The research will assess CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and the effects these compounds have on an individual’s body during athletic performance.
Laurel Gibson, a PhD student in the institution’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, stated that marijuana had been linked to a decline in motivation, adding that simultaneously, researchers had seen a growing number of anecdotal reports of individuals using it in combination with everything from running and snowboarding to yoga and golfing.
Prior research in exercise neuroscience suggests that cannabinoid-like chemicals that an individual’s brain produces naturally are what cause “runner’s high” rather than endorphins. The institution will also examine whether supplementing marijuana during exercise will induce the runner’s high effect.
The research, titled the Study on Physical Activity and Cannabis Effects (“SPACE”), is currently looking for 50 volunteers who already use marijuana while exercising. The study will include three sessions.
During the first session, participants will take a baseline physical and cognitive test, where researchers will measure each individual’s heart rate. After this, each participants will be directed to go to a local dispensary and pick up either a THC-dominant strain or a CBD-dominant strain.
For the second session, each participant will be observed while they are working out when sober. During the session, participants will be required to run on the treadmill for half an hour and answer questions every 10 minutes that assess things such as the pain they’re in, what they’re thinking about and how hard the workout feels.
For the third session, each participant will again be observed while they work out, this time after using the strain they were assigned during the first session.
The researchers hope that by comparing marijuana and sober workout sessions, they can find evidence supporting the herb’s benefits for exercise. Researchers conducting the study also hope to discover other benefits of marijuana as well.
Angela Bryan, a professor at UC’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, stated that if marijuana could ease inflammation and pain, thereby helping older individuals to become more active, that would be a great benefit.
As the academia gets in on studying the effects of cannabis on consumers, industry actors such as Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTC: NUGS) are likely to be more credible when they share with the public what they already know about marijuana products.
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