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Is Working Out High Really That Bad For You? Experts Tell Us The Truth

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Before we get into the crazy idea of why anyone would workout after smoking pot, I'm going to give you a quick story to prove that, yes, this is actually a thing—just in case you're skeptical.

About four years ago, I moved to Seattle to live with my cousin for five months. Both avid runners, the second night I lived with him, we both decided to go pound some pavement together. As I slipped into my running gear and started setting the playlist on my iPhone, the scent of marijuana came from underneath his bedroom door, creeping into the hallway where I was now waiting for him. Confused, I had to ask if he was still coming.

He responded with an equally confused reply of, "Yeah, man, why wouldn't I?" And that's the first time I had ever even heard of someone smoking weed prior to working out. Since then, there have been dozens of friends who do the same as my cousin, proving that it's more common than you might think.

Of course, we had to get to the bottom of this. It can't be good for you to do, can it? To answer this, we reached out to some of the top marijuana experts in the industry—who, in the past, told us how weed affects sex—so we're hoping they can help us understand if smoking weed before working out really is that bad for your body.

So, while you or I may be a little weirded out by the whole concept of getting lit before getting fit, the experts anonymously agree that using cannabis prior to working out isn't just OK, it can actually help you get a better workout.

But, if you're the type of person who takes our weed experts' opinions and roll your eyes, believing they're too objective, Gregory Gerdeman, an assistant professor of biology at Eckerd College, actually supports their claim, via Medical Daily:

Athletes may enjoy incorporating marijuana into their workouts because it mirrors the natural euphoria, or “runner’s high” experienced by long-distance runners. Along with giving a feeling of euphoria, the THC in marijuana also affects the part of the brain responsible for regulating appetite, pain-sensation, and emotions, all important factors for serious athletes.

It might not be for everyone, but, according to our experts and Gregory Gerdeman, smoking weed prior to a workout isn't doing any damage to your body.

MORE: 'Your Definitive Guide To Cooking With Weed'

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