Next time you’re outside smoking your strain of choice, get up and get active. Recent studies have begun to take away the stigma that cannabis and sports do not mix. One reason athletes may not want to smoke marijuana is because they believe it will decrease their lung function. On the contrary, a study involving over 5,000 adults concluded that smoking a joint a day for 7 years does not negatively affect lung function, and can actually increase lung capacity. So next time you’re about to go for a run, light up some sativa and feel that runners high from the start.
Have you ever felt those jitters or that deep pit in your stomach right before the big game? Many Athletes swear that a couple bong hits will calm those nerves and allow you to perform the best you can. Neuroscientists from Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo recently performed a study where they found that “Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories leading to enhanced performance.”
The use of marijuana by professional athletes has been increasing drastically in recent years. With medical marijuana laws being passed in 28 states around the country, there are many athletes who retain injuries and prefer to subdue pain the natural way rather than using synthetic opiates. However, in most professional sport leagues, marijuana is still on the banned substance list!
Not only are players who need marijuana as medicine not allowed to use it, there are constantly a number of suspensions being handed out for those players who do smoke cannabis. In some cases, these suspensions can be more severe than those given out for much more serious crimes such as: domestic violence, DUI’s, and assault. In the NFL, wide receiver Martavis Bryant was given a season long suspension for smoking marijuana which he said he was using to treat his depression. To put that into perspective, nose tackle Josh Brent received a 10 game suspension in 2011 after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and manslaughter. Yeah you heard that right… clearly there is a problem with the professional sports system if you can kill someone and receive less of a punishment than you can for smoking a joint.