Remember the first time you got stoned and you couldn’t peel your body off the couch? Not even to reach for that plate of pepperoni pizza bagels on the table in front of you? It was probably impossible to imagine a time when you’d be able to get blazed and function, let alone exercise. These days, you know your limits and realize that the right marijuana can actually make running or taking a yoga class a lot more enjoyable.
Of course, you can’t expect to smoke an energetic sativa right before yoga and feel blissed out in savasana. Nor would vaping a body-heavy indica serve you on an 20-mile run. The key to combining marijuana and exercise is selecting the right strain for your favorite workout to enhance your focus, energy, and mental clarity.
Finding the perfect strain for your intended purposes requires quite a bit of experimentation, but these recommendations should help you narrow your options.
If you’re looking for a pre-run boost, reach for an energizing strain to vape before hitting the road. Compared to smoking, vaping is less harsh on the lungs, which need to be nice and healthy for all that aerobic activity. A high-CBD sativa, like Harlequin, is a great place to start. It makes you feel weightless without imparting an intense psychoactive effect. Plus, Harlequin is good for treating pain, so it can help you push through those first few miles when everything hurts like hell.
Combining marijuana with vinyasa is a hotly debated topic in the yoga community. If you’re intrigued by the idea of using pot as a tool to explore your practice on a deeper level, consider toking up before your next class. Indicas are known for delivering a relaxing body high and soothing anxiety, so that’s a great place to start. If you do with a sativa, avoid anything you know will leave your mind racing. Try Remedy, another high-CBD strain with little to no psychoactive effects. It gently rocks you into a mellow state of relaxation and helps relieve any post-workday stress.
Hybrids combine the best of what indicas and sativas have to offer. They can help you relax while providing an invigorating effect perfect for exploring the outdoors. If you’re looking for weed to smoke or vape before a hike, check out a sativa-dominant strain like Pineapple Express. It combines the traits of parent strains Trainwreck and Hawaiian for a long lasting, energetic buzz that will give you enough oomph to make it to the top of the mountain and back. Or, check out Blue Dream. It’s another sativa-heavy hybrid that will ease you into a calm euphoria and make that forest you’re hiking through look like Candyland.