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How to Add Cannabis to Your Exercise Routine


2020 has put a serious dent in our hot body summer goals. Physical activities for this year have included stirring the batter for a brownie recipe and lifting the remote to tell Netflix that yes, we are still watching.


After the crazy year we have all had, some of us need a bit of help to get up and get moving again!


Marijuana enthusiasts will be happy to know that their favorite plant may actually support a healthier lifestyle in more than one way, and also can boost motivation to shed that COVID-19 (or more) that was gained during quarantine.


If you are looking for a way to access medical marijuana in Louisiana you have come to the right place my friend! At Louisiana Marijuana Card, we make it easy to get medical marijuana treatment if you have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition. We can help you every single step of the way!


Continue reading to learn everything there is to know about incorporating medical marijuana into your workout routine using products that you can get at your local dispensary.


(If you were one of the few who managed to get a six pack in 2020, congratulations! Just thinking of where you’ll be after you incorporate marijuana into your fitness routine!)


Important Note: While we make every effort to ensure the information in our blogs are 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 physical activity, please consult your doctor before adding exercise or medical marijuana to your fitness routine.

Healthier Lifestyle with Medical Marijuana & Exercise

Don’t let the old stereotypes of Reefer Madness cloud your vision of what marijuana can do to help you live your best life mentally, emotionally and even physically. An increasing number of studies have shown that frequent marijuana users are more physically active and less obese than non-users.


While there are a number of factors that go into this correlation and more studies need to be done before reaching a definitive conclusion, many scientists believe that marijuana contributes overall to a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the reasons why!


  • Reduced inflammation

  • THC and CBD can help calm immune response and inflammation.

  • Chronic pain relief

  • Marijuana can help reduce chronic pain due to a number of physical medical conditions.

  • Better focus

  • Self-reports indicate that marijuana has helped it’s users focus better.

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Not all strains reduce anxiety, but those that do can help people get out of their heads when it comes to working out or going to the gym.

  • Decreased boredom

  • When your mind is more focused, time passes quickly.

  • Better sleep

  • THC and CBD are both effective at helping people get to sleep and stay asleep for longer periods of time which gives your body time to heal from all those squats you did.


Marijuana and Your Exercise Regiment

About 20 percent of US adults experience chronic pain, and more than seven percent of the population states that their pain impacts everyday activities.


Using strains that are effective at reducing your pain and inflammation will certainly make it easier to get back to a more active lifestyle!

What to Look for When You Want to Get Fit

There are many different factors that can impact the effects medical marijuana can have on a person. The strain, format, product, type of pain you have, tolerance level, lifestyle, personal chemistry and even the type of exercise you’re doing can all be factors.


Experimenting with all these different combinations is part of the fun! Here is a quick breakdown that may help you get started. Keep in mind that it is always best to start low and slow to prevent injury or feeling too high:


Best Terpenes for Pain and Inflammation:

  • Linalool

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene


Formats:

  • Tinctures - Sublingual tinctures typically have a higher CBD concentration, which is great for combatting certain types of pain. They generally take effect in 20 - 30 minutes.

  • Edibles - Edibles can provide full body relaxation. They take up to 90 minutes to take effect.

  • Topicals - Won’t create a buzzy feeling but you can get relief and preventative care for specific pain points you may have.

Marijuana Helps with Sleep & Recovery Time

Sleep is one of the cornerstones of a healthy and also happy lifestyle. If you are incorporating exercise into your life now, sleep is necessary in recovery time!


You need sleep in order to recover from exercise, and medical marijuana can help you get the kind of restorative rest you need in order to keep moving after a long workout.


Keep an eye out for strains that are higher in CBD or have the terpene Myrcene. These two alone or combined can help relax tense muscles and get a full night of rest. Use an Indica-dominant strain about a half hour before bed, drink some lavender tea, rub on a cannabis-infused balm to soothe sore muscles, and get ready to drift off until morning.


Indica-Dominant and High CBD Strains to Look for:

  • 3 Chems II

  • Vegas OG

  • Death Star

  • Purple Ghost


Remember that dispensaries are businesses at the end of the day. One day they could have a product and the next day they could be sold out. Some of the strains may not be fully available at all locations in Louisiana.


The best thing you can do is check out the dispensary menu ahead of time, give them a call or even just start a conversation at the dispensary to let them know what exactly you are looking for and if there are any substitutes you can use.


Complete Your Wellness Plan by Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card

In order to get the most out of using medical marijuana for better health and wellness, you need to have a Louisiana marijuana card. Once you have it, you can legally purchase a wide variety of medical marijuana products at any dispensary in the state!


Give us a call at (833)-253-2943, or make a tele-health evaluation appointment to get a medical marijuana recommendation today!



Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Louisiana 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 (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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