There have been many harmful stereotypes of cannabis consumers and connoisseurs perpetrated over the years. We’ve seen dumb stoners plastered all over media, as well as the lazy, sedentary stoners. As a child of DARE propaganda throughout my elementary, junior high, and high school years, I was kind of shocked when I got to college. I met cannabis users that were the smartest, most active people that I knew. People were getting great grades, working out, dominating at pickup basketball games, and utilizing cannabis. My mind was blown and I wondered what other Drug War lies I was being fed over the years. Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to be acquainted with former NBA All-Star and Sixth Man of the Year, the late Clifford Robinson, and he shared a ton of stories about world-class athletes using cannabis and how many were contacting him and thanking him for his activism. A recent study published in the medical journal Preventive Medicine has just demonstrated what many of us have known for years: that the caricature of the lazy, inactive stoner is a huge myth. From the authors of the study:
“Results show that, particularly for fixed-effects models, marijuana use is not significantly related to exercise, counter to conventional wisdom that marijuana users are less likely to be active. Indeed, the only significant estimates suggest a positive relationship, even among heavier users during the past 30 days. These findings are at odds with much of the existing literature, which generally shows a negative relationship between marijuana use and exercise. As additional states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, perhaps its impact on exercise, one of the leading social determinants of health, is not necessarily a primary concern.”
The research published in Preventive Medicine backs up a previous study published in the Frontiers in Public Health Journal, which found:
“In summary, these data suggest that many cannabis users in states with legal cannabis access use in conjunction with exercise, and that most who do so believe it increases enjoyment of, recovery from, and to some extent the motivation to engage in exercise. As these factors positively correlate with exercise behavior, using cannabis with exercise may play a beneficial role in the health of cannabis users.”
In fairness, both of the studies I’ve cited in this blog note that more research is needed. However, among those that know cannabis consumers, I imagine that these findings match what you have found. Do you know anyone that plays disc golf, for instance? If you poll disc golfers, hikers, and other active folks in your life, there’s a decent chance that they utilize cannabis. Don’t be fooled by the propaganda. Cannabis doesn’t hold anyone back from achieving the lifestyle or goals that you want to achieve. Now, getting arrested and convicted for cannabis, that’s the real harm. Keep shattering those stereotypes, cannabis community. Step by step, freedom and common sense are on the march.
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