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Think weed and working out don't mix? Think again! Not only have many major athletes come out as cannabis advocates, but an increasing number of people are discovering how cannabis can enhance their own physical activities. 

Weed can be the answer if you want to spice up your exercise routine or take it to the next level while playing a pickup game with friends. Cannabis can also make it more exciting to explore during your next hike, bike ride, run or climb, or help you get in a more focused and mindful state during a yoga class or golf game. 

Here’s just some of the ways to add weed to your workout to help you push yourself, get in the zone, and be more mindful of your body. Let's make working out with weed work out for you:

1. Stretch it out along with edibles

Taking the time to stretch before working out is one of the most important elements of keeping your exercise injury-free. Like stretching, weed can also help prepare your body to limber up and get moving. 

Similar to stretching your body, THC-infused edibles can be a good way to make your brain more flexible along with your muscles. About 45 minutes to an hour before your workout begins, eat an easily-measurable edible such as gummies or mints. You can even treat yourself in advance with chocolate or a cookie. Whatever you choose, make sure it's sativa-leaning, or a product known for providing uplifting energy. Ask your budtender for help choosing edibles that will leave you lively, not lagging

Be sure to follow the golden rule of edibles and start with a low dose, gradually increasing as you gauge the impact on your body. Keep in mind it can take a while to feel the effects of edibles, so go slowly and cautiously if you take this route.  

2. Warm up with a sativa strain

Sometimes the hardest part of a workout is building up the motivation to get started. This is where weed can definitely come in handy, provided you choose a strain that will get you up and moving instead of sedated or couch-locked.  

Here’s where choosing Sativa strains can also come in handy. Strains such as Jet Fuel or Blue Dream can provide the push you need to take that first step.  

If you’re looking for some easy-breathing options to pair with your increasing heart-rate, vaping a concentrate instead of smoking cannabis flower could be for you. Not only are vapes low-scent and low-key, but their potency means one puff could possibly power your entire workout. 

3. Push yourself with the help of CBD

Once you’re warmed up, it’s time to turn it up!

CBD is a great way to help level up your game and get into the zone. Although it is non-psychoactive and won’t make you feel high, CBD carries powerful properties for pain management. This can come in handy when you don’t want muscle aches and other ailments to get in the way of your workout. 

Easing any mid-workout discomfort can be as easy as staying hydrated with CBD-infused fluids (think of it as ganja aid instead of Gatorade!) You can also find a variety of CBD edibles at your local dispensary. 

4. Cool down with a post-workout puff

Once you’ve hit your limit, it’s time to cool down. Weed can be a great way to wind down while welcoming those chill, post-workout vibes. 

The best strain to enjoy all depends on what your plans are. If you need energy and zest for a full day ahead, try a strain like Sharkbite or Chocolope. However, if you’re due to hit the showers and get some rest, you may do well with strains similar to Gelato or Skywalker OG. Ask your budtender for help finding the perfect strain to enjoy after your workout. 

5. Rest and restore with topicals

Does all that exercise have you sore? Once again, cannabis can come to the rescue with topicals that provide any-time pain relief.  

Although the topicals at your dispensary may contain some THC, topicals will not get you high, making them a great long-term solution for addressing any lingering exercise ailments. Lotions or shea butter are some of the most widely-used, but you can also find patches that provide all-day relief to problem areas and muscles. 

Of course, post-workout restoration doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Receiving a massage with weed-infused massage oil is one of the most blissful ways to wash away any remaining soreness, strains, or tension.