MARIJUANA SPORTS EXERCISE: Marijuana and exercise? CU begins new study

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) – The CU will launch a first of its kind study on how the legal cannabis market affects training performance.

The study will examine the effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC and cannabidiol, CBD, have on the body during athletic performance.

“Cannabis is often associated with a decrease in motivation. But at the same time, we are seeing an increasing number of anecdotal reports of people using it in combination with everything from golf and yoga to snowboarding and running, ”says PhD student at the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Laurel Gibson.

Previous studies in training neuroscience suggest that it is not endorphins that cause “runner’s high”, but cannabinoid-like chemicals that the brain naturally produces. The study will look at whether cannabis supplements during exercise will have the “runner’s high” effect.

The study on physical activity and cannabis effects, or SPACE, is looking for volunteers who already use cannabis while exercising. The study consists of three sessions.

In the first session, participants will take a baseline cognitive and physical test and be assigned to either CBD or THC strains. In the second, they will be observed when training sober. In the last session, participants will train with the load they were assigned.

Those running the SPACE survey also hope to find other benefits.

“If cannabis could relieve pain and inflammation and help older adults be more active, it could be a real benefit,” said CU Boulder professor of psychology and neuroscience Angela Bryan.

For more information on the SPACE survey, click here.


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