Marathons and marijuana
Marathons are the pinnacle of the running world. They are robust, expensive and can put a strain on the body – but can cannabis help?
About 1.2 million people take part in marathons every year. It is an endurance sport that challenges the body and mind. Running 26 miles and 385 yards is both strenuous and exhilarating. People travel to Chicago, Paris, Rome, New York and Boston for marathons because they feel a rush after completing them.
The “runner's high” is not a myth, as the hormonal aspect of marathon running plays a large role in why people participate. Running is known to trigger a rush of endorphins in athletes, and crossing the finish line after an hour-long race can be described as euphoric by some. Can a combination of marathon and marijuana be better? While this is prohibited by the office and there is the possibility of an exam, training is the longer route.
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The concept of smoking marijuana before running may sound wrong to some, but many who engage in this popular form of exercise claim that the herb allows them to be more “present” and makes the miles of roadwork more enjoyable. The running, the playlist and cannabis can support the mind during the journey. It may also play a role in recovery.
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The mindfulness some feel when using grass can lead to an even more comfortable headspace while running. This can lead to greater motivation to run further and longer. You should do some trial and error to make sure you get the perfect headspace.
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Once the race is over, there is another difficult part: recovery. Cannabis is known to be anti-inflammatory, which is crucial for your body after a serious event. It also has a muscle relaxant effect and can help relieve pain or muscle cramps after competition.
The legend of the Athenian courier Pheidippides, who arrived in 490 BC. He ran from the site of the Marathon Battle to Athens with the message of Nike (“Victory”) before immediately collapsing and dying. The ancient Greeks used cannabis in their medicine, religion and leisure.
Around 2,500 years later, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, came up with the idea of replicating the race. A 40 km marathon was held at the first Modern Games in Athens in 1896, when Greek water carrier Spyridon Louis took gold in a time of 2:58:50, starting the marathon phenomenon. Shortly thereafter, the Boston Marathon started.
Marathons are a symbol of human drive, determination and spirit, and cannabis, done right, can help with everything.