Should pot really be considered a “performance booster”? a ‘First study of its kind’ At the University of Colorado at Boulder aimed to find out.
When was the American sprinter Shachary Richardson They were denied the opportunity to compete in the Tokyo Olympics This summer due to a positive marijuana test, it has drawn attention – and a lot of skepticism – to the reasons behind the cannabis ban in the world of competitive athletics.
The so-called space study (“study on physical activity and the effects of cannabis”), announce “It will recruit more than 50 paid adult volunteers who already mix cannabis and exercise in a three-session study,” the university said in a press release on Monday.
“Initially, the researchers measure their heart rate, have people answer a questionnaire and take some basic fitness measurements. Next, the participants are instructed to go to a local dispensary and pick up a specific CBD-dominant or THC-dominant strain.” One follow-up visit, they return, alert, to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, answering questions every 10 minutes to assess things like their perception of the passage of time, how hard the exercise was, what they were thinking, and how much pain they were in. On another visit, they do the same But they get high before they come.”
Laurel Gibson, a doctoral student in the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and lead researcher on the study, said the study will help fill a gap in cannabis research.
As the university’s announcement explained, due to the paucity of research in the area, “scientists are uncertain how THC and CBD—the two primary active ingredients in marijuana—impact physical activity.”
“To date, there are no human studies on the effects of the legal market for cannabis on the exercise experience,” Gibson said. “This is where we come in.”
“Cannabis is often associated with decreased motivation – that stereotype of couch-lock and laziness,” Gibson continued. “But at the same time, we’re seeing an increasing number of anecdotal reports of people using it in conjunction with everything from golf and yoga to snowboarding and running.”
The federal ban on weed prompted researchers to make some compromises with their subjects.
The press release explained that due to the law, which “prohibits the possession or distribution of marijuana on college campuses,” people would consume pot at home “before a researcher in a mobile lab picks them up — a white Dodge Sprinter truck sometimes referred to as a “Canavan” — and brings them in safely.” to the laboratory.
Runners will also wear a seat belt around their waist while using the treadmill, as an added precaution.
Angela Bryan, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado who serves as the study’s faculty advisor, said the research could yield a breakthrough for older individuals for whom exercise is too painful.
“If cannabis can reduce pain and inflammation, and help older adults to be more active, that could be a real benefit,” Brian said.
Meanwhile, Gibson said the research could shed light on the link between cannabis use and the “orgasm” that has been romanticized by runners around the world.
“It is possible that exogenous cannabinoids such as THC or CBD may activate the endocannabinoid system in a way that mimics the runner’s high,” Gibson said.
Richardson failed a drug test less than a month before the Olympics kick off in Tokyo, keeping her away from the Summer Games. Marijuana is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, as well as by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
In September, the World Anti-Doping Agency He said he would reconsider Ban it on hemp.
The US Agency for International Development (USADA) said pot is prohibited because it can pose a safety risk to athletes, and that it can enhance performance.
The latter explanation has been widely derided, including by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen, Who came to defend Richardson.
“Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug unless you participate in a Coney Island hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July,” Cohen said at the time. “To take her right to appear, dreaming away from her is absurd.”