Cannabis Gyms: Where Tough and Puff Go Hand in Hand

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After smoking a joint or eating an edible, jumping on a treadmill or doing squats most likely isn’t on the top of your list of post-cannabis activities. But, working out while stoned may just become the new thing in getting fit thanks to a revolutionary cannabis gym for marijuana enthusiasts.

While the new concept may sound like a no-brainer for some, it may you leave you wondering – is working out high effective? Or even safe?

Read on for how joining a marijuana gym may be the perfect way to combine cannabis and exercise.

Meet the First Cannabis Gym

According to Power Plant’s website, the gym aims to focus on “full body integrative health, wellness and fitness”, and credits cannabis is one of many “supplements” they use to attain a state of overall wellness.

Aiming to break stereotypes of the lazy and unmotivated stoner, the San Francisco marijuana gym actually encourages people to get high before they work out – and even offers customers the option to consume cannabis at the facility.

Once clients drop in for a work out at the gym, they can consume their own marijuana on-site, as well as purchase Power Plant’s own line of edibles.

A Real Workout for Stoners

As reported in Business Insider, Power Plant trainers claim to have a full knowledge base of both physiology and training as well as focused education in all aspects of how to integrate cannabis into a safe and effective work out.

But, don’t think you’ll find a bunch of potheads lounging around on yoga mats, says the founder of the new cannabis gym. “It won’t be a place to get high and just screw around,” said Jim McAlpine of Power Plant Fitness in a blog post, “We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.”

And McAlpine is no stranger to normalizing the use of herb in athletics. He is the brainchild of the 420 Games, an annual San Fran event which showcases the abilities of cannabis users through triathlons, obstacle courses, mountain bike races, golf and the, cleverly named, 4.20-mile run.

Is Working Out High Safe?

While combining working out with herb may be a stoner gym rat’s dream come true, you may be curious if working out high comes with any risks.

Though little science-backed research has been done on the link between marijuana use and athletic performance, some athletes say cannabis can improve workout sessions, including Power Plant Gym’s founder McAlpine. “Marijuana, if you use it in a responsible way, accentuates the parts of sports that you love and helps you to do them better,” he explains to SFGate.com.

However, some of the science on marijuana and working out point to physical impairments that may pose risks. In a 2006 piece in the British Journal of Sports Medicine the authors state that THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, “engenders a certain heaviness, marked relaxation, and excessive fatigue of the limbs.”

The article also notes, when smoked, cannabis can have “detrimental effects on the lungs, oral cavity and upper respiratory tract” – which obviously can be a big problem when working up a sweat.

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