Stigmas and stereotypes attached to cannabis are going to be hard to break, but they can be broken. Decades of reefer madness and marijuana prohibition supported by the US federal government has left the stereotype of stoners being lazy good-for-nothing jobless bums. This is so far from the reality of it. Cannabis consumers are not lazy. Most of them hold full-time jobs because how else will they pay for their weed? We are a calm, passive bunch of people for the most part. The only time a lot of us end up in trouble is when we get arrested for smoking weed or having weed in our possession.
The Science that Proves We Aren’t Lazy Stoners
A recent study from the University of Colorado was conducted surveying over 600 cannabis consumers in states with legal access. The study questions them about cannabis and exercise. The Journal Frontiers In Public Health published this study and it goes against everything Reefer Madness said about cannabis consumers or stoners as they would have them called. Of the 600 plus individuals surveyed nearly 500 of them supported cannabis use before and after exercising. The study showed that consumers averaged 43 minutes more aerobic exercise time and 30 minutes more anaerobic exercise than those who did not consume.
Cannabis Motivates, Increases Enjoyment and Enhances Recovery for Many
The lack of enjoying exercising, not having the motivation to do it, and the uncomfortable recovery from working out are factors that could deter many people. It seems that a little bit of herbal inspiration might be just the thing you need to remove those barriers and start working your way to a healthier lifestyle. 50% of the participants in the study said cannabis increased their motivation. 70% of the participants had strong feelings that cannabis increases the enjoyment of their exercise routine. 78% of those in the survey said cannabis enhanced recovery from their exercise routines as well. This study was conducted to help give us a better understanding of consumer attitudes towards cannabis and exercise and as more research like this is released, the stigmas and stereotypes will start to fade.