What You Need to Know About Using Cannabis for Workout Recovery

Friday, Apr 20, 2018

When you think about a weed leaf, what type of image comes to mind? A giggling hippy with a taste for reggae, or a strong, healthy athlete?

It's probably the former. Cannabis plants have long been associated with stoners and Doritos, making 4/20 a holy day for layabouts to do nothing but smoke up and chill out.

That perception could soon change. If a strong push from a quickly growing industry has anything to say about it, cannabis and its byproducts could soon be considered as essential as vitamin supplements to keeping you active and healthy.

You might have already seen cannabis-based recovery products floating around the gym, especially if you're in a weed-friendly state out west. So, what's the deal? Are you opening a gateway if you try one out?

Am I Gonna Get High?

The key to your experience with a cannabis byproduct all comes down to the cannabinoids. These are the chemical compounds found in different types of cannabis plants, like marijuana and hemp. There are thought to be over 100 different varieties of cannabinoids, but most attention goes to the two most significant: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Hemp is used to make fiber for rope and other materials, while marijuana is known be tter for its recreational uses. rgbspace Getty Images Some of Medical Marijuana, Inc. ’ s CBD supplements. RSHO Group States like Colorado have lax cannabis laws. bauhaus1000 Getty Images Brett Williams Brett Williams, an associate fitness editor at Men's Health, is a former pro football player and tech reporter who splits his workout time between strength and conditioning training, martial arts, and running. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below