Combining Cannabis with Exercise: Good Idea or Bad Idea?


Exercise has never felt like an option for me. If I don’t move daily, I can quickly fall into a dark place where chronic pain makes moving feel too hard to do and I tumble into a perpetual story about how I am in too much pain to move so I try not to do too much. This is a bad place to reside. I’m here to tell you that even if you can only move a little, you should be doing so daily. For some, cannabis can be a positive tool in maintaining a positive exercise routine.

Before I get too far into how awesome it has been for me to mix cannabis and exercise I would like to remind everybody that if you are new to cannabis or exercise, I recommend knowing how your body reacts to each individually before combining the two. Cannabis affects your heart rate and your blood pressure as does exercise so it is wise to make sure that both together is really a good idea for you before you decide to medicate and go to the gym. Also, be aware of how the cannabis strain that you are taking will affect you, as each one is different. I recommend trying a ‘sativa’ strain that allows you to mentally focus and makes you feel energetically uplifted. 


Cannabis is a tool that I have used to get more out of my workouts since, like, the 90’s. I first combined the two during a time in my life where I lived at the gym teaching fitness classes, travelled everywhere by bicycle, and if I was in one place long enough I would spontaneously start stretching. Cannabis and exercise together felt like a match made in heaven. I had amazing mental focus and was able to feel everything in my body during my workouts. And, while management didn’t know it at the time, I would frequently smoke cannabis right before getting on stage to teach my classes. It relaxed me and allowed me to focus on taking care of a room full of people coming there to be motivated and energized.

The first time that I combined cannabis with yoga was a spiritual experience for me more so than yoga had ever been up to that point. Not only was I able to really focus on my body but I was given the ability to relax enough to feel all that other stuff that comes up in yoga too. When I added friends to the experience we named it “Green Yoga”  and girl’s night became our time to stretch, laugh, and do something positive for each other and ourselves.


Ahhh, memory lane. Let me bring you up to speed on this subject for me today. I wish I was just using cannabis for a lovely workout and mental focus. Cannabis serves a much bigger purpose for me now. I use it for relief of chronic pain so I can move. And then…I take full advantage of every single second that moving feels good. I walk, I dance, I stretch, I strengthen, and I breathe. There can be no more excuses when the pain is relieved because that was the only thing slowing me down before.

Right now using cannabis to help me exercise and live comfortably is working. It is helping to keep my muscles relaxed, relieving the unbearable moments of feeling-trapped-in-your-body discomfort, and mentally uplifting me through these challenges. Ah yes, and it’s keeping me moving to the point that most people in my daily life would never know that I ever struggle to move like anything but Gumby.

Dear Cannabis,

Thank you so much for this. XO…




6 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.

  2. It helps me with Yoga too!! 🙂

  3. Cannabis and carving – blissfully sympatico!

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