Is It True That Cannabis Helps With Athletic Performance?

A scientific viewpoint of why so many athletes of today boast about smoking cannabis after their training sessions

Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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“It helps me with my physical recovery. I’ve always had this awful muscle soreness after a workout. One day I smoked a joint after I had hit the gym, and voila!, the next morning, for the first time in weeks, my body wasn’t hurting,” would tell me Chris, a lovely Jamaican I met in the USA during my stay there. Back then, I had read a dozen of articles of how smoking cannabis helped athletes with their performance, however, it wasn’t until that day with Chris that I received an actual account of the drug’s effects on one’s muscles.

However, overall muscle recovery and soreness relief are not the only athletic aspect that’s being affected by cannabis use. Improving performance, reducing inflammation, and treating muscle spasms may be the other important implications of marijuana in the field of sports.

It has been widely known that many star athletes have endorsed the drug throughout the years, some of them being Michael Phelps (swimming) and Nick Diaz (MMA).

“If I’m at home and I’m training — doing my same things every day — then I’m…

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Viktor Marchev
ILLUMINATION-Curated

I read my own stories out loud. Interested in everything related to psychedelics, mental health, and spirituality. Writer for ILLUMINATION.