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How to Incorporate Cannabis Into Your Exercise Routine: Beating Back Stigma and Getting Fit in MO!
Missouri marijuana card holders may be surprised to learn that cannabis can help them get fit in 2021!
If you’re like me, your 2020 activities included baking, Netflix and chilling (alone), and making sure you weren’t wearing the shirt with the mustard stain for your afternoon Zoom meeting. You may have found that you gained the “COVID 19” (and then some), or you may have stopped looking at the scales altogether after November.
Now that people are getting vaccinated, the weather is getting warmer, and the country is starting to come out of hiding, you may be thinking about getting yourself back in shape—or at least being able to make it from the parking lot to the office without getting winded.
I know I need all the help I can get in order to be motivated to do the work of exercising and to combat post-workout soreness. If you have one of the conditions qualifying for treatment with medical marijuana in Missouri, you’ve got one more tool you can use to build your fitness routine and meet your health goals for 2021.
(If you were one of the few who managed to get ripped and self-actualized in 2020, congratulations! Imagine where you’ll be after you incorporate cannabis into your fitness routine!)
Important Note: While we make every effort to ensure the information in our blog posts is up-to-date and accurate, this is in no way meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a condition that may be affected by increasing or changing your level of physical activity, please consult a doctor before adding exercise or cannabis to your fitness regimen.
Cannabis for a Healthier Lifestyle
Don’t let the old stigmas of Reefer Madness color your vision of what cannabis can do to help you be your best self mentally and physically. Marijuana is being recognized all over the United States for its medicinal properties, and some studies indicate that frequent cannabis-users may be more physically active and less obese than non-users.
Researchers think that cannabis may contribute to healthier lifestyles for some of the following reasons:
Better sleep = Better post-workout recovery
How to Get Started Using Medical Marijuana to Support Your Exercise Routine
Around 20 percent of US adults experience chronic pain, and more than seven percent of the population reports that their pain affects their day-to-day activities. If you fall into either of these categories, you may struggle to be motivated to even take a walk around the block, not to mention that big Ozark Trail hike you’ve always wanted to do.
Using strains that are effective at reducing your pain and inflammation will certainly make it easier to get moving, keep moving, and recover once you’re done moving.
Best Missouri Strains and Products for Exercise
The best strains, products and dosing will vary, depending on the type of pain you are addressing, your experience level with cannabis, your lifestyle, your personal chemistry, and possibly even the type of exercise you are doing.
We think that experimenting with different combinations is part of the fun, but here is a quick breakdown that may help you get started (Remember that it’s always best to start low and go slow to prevent injury or feeling too high):
Best Terpenes for Pain and Inflammation:
Strains to Look for in Missouri Dispensaries:
Super Silver Haze
Methods of Use:
Edibles - Deep body relaxation. May take up to 90 minutes to feel effects.
Sublingual Tinctures - Deep body relaxation. Will take effect in 20 - 30 minutes. May be challenging to find in most areas of Missouri, but will likely be more available soon.
Inhalation - Balance of mental and physical relaxation depending on strain. Will take effect in about 5 minutes.
Topicals - Won’t create a buzzy feeling. Relief and preventative care for target muscle groups and pain points. Topicals may also be more challenging to find in Missouri, but could be becoming more available soon.
Sleep: The Ultimate Post-Workout Recovery Tool
There’s nothing worse than regretting running that extra mile or doing that extra set of reps because the soreness keeps you tossing and turning all night. Sleep time is recovery time for your body, and cannabis can help you get the kind of restorative sleep you need in order to keep moving after a tough workout.
Strains higher in CBD and/or Myrcene will probably help you relax tense muscles and get a full night of zzs. Look for Indica or Indica-dominant strains, use them about a half hour before bed, drink some chamomile tea, rub on a cannabis-infused balm to soothe sore muscles, and get ready to drift off to dreamland.
Indica-Dominant Strains in Missouri Dispensaries:
Black Lime Reserve
Get a Missouri Marijuana Card to Start Integrating Cannabis into Your Wellness Routine
In order to get the most out of using cannabis for better health and wellness, you need to have a Missouri marijuana card. With a medical marijuana card, you can legally purchase an ever-expanding variety of cannabis products at your local Missouri dispensary, giving you the best possible chance of finding the strains and formats you need to take control of your health in 2021.
Give us a call at (877) 303-3117, or make a telehealth evaluation appointment to get a medical marijuana recommendation today!
Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.
At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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