Going to The Gym High on Cannabutter

It wasn’t my plan to go to the gym high on cannabutter, and it certainly wasn’t what I expected. I made the cannabutter the night before, and out of sheer impatience, tried some at 7:00 a.m. not expecting it to have much of an effect. By 9:00 a.m., I was wasted. I mean red eyes, dry mouth, and bright-lights-everywhere wasted. Determined to workout, I put on my gym-gear, and some make-up, filled a bottle of water, and prayed to fuck no one noticed my faraway stare.

Inside the gym, the machines were haloed by a florescent glow, and even my shoelaces seemed to sparkle. Watching my reflection in the mirror, I resisted the urge to laugh at myself – difficult because everything was funny, especially me. I forced myself to workout hard, having missed the previous day and wanting to make up for lost time. This wasn’t easy. Mostly, I wanted to loll on the ground and giggle at the zigzags on the gym’s corrugated roof, but with a little focus, I made it through the workout in a speedy 40 minutes when it usually takes me at least 50 if not 60 minutes.

As I worked out, I noticed I had extra energy, and once I focused on a task, my motivation was super-charged. I find leg curls particularly challenging, and usually slack off on the last set. Not this time. I gritted my teeth and ordered my legs to rise to the challenge. I forced them into position, to literally bend to my will, ignoring the whine of my tired muscles. I’ve been working out long enough to know that part of the magic lies in mind-muscle connection, which is why it’s important to understand what muscle group a given exercise is working. Stoned, my mind-muscle connection was impenetrable.

However, I did notice I had less strength. On a good day, I can deadlift 80 kilos, but I stopped at 60 kilos yesterday because that felt heavy enough. And I struggled through a Turkish Get-Up with a 12-kilo kettle-bell when I normally do it with ease. Conclusion. I can see why athletes who do endurance sports like long-distance running or cycling gravitate towards weed, as it seems to unlock hidden reserves of energy and focus. But for someone who’s into weight-lifting, where strength-building is the goal, better to keep the ganja for after the workout, imo.

As for the cannabutter, man, that shit tastes good. I researched recipes from four or five different sources, comparing doses and cooking time. The kind of stove and pot used will affect the temperatures and timing, but what I noticed is that most recipes over-estimate both the amount of weed and heat needed for best results. Basically, unless your goal is to lose a few days of your life, it’s not necessary to load your base butter and/or oil with so much flower.

And also, what time of day it is when you consume your edible will affect its effects. Pro-tip: (uh, don’t you mean common sense, ed?) If you don’t want to end up feeling like a fairy-light before breakfast, best to wait till later in the day. Edibles are a good option for going to the gym high, but remember, a small dose (10mg) is enough. If you’re not used to taking cannabis, or not used to working out, the rule of thumb is: start small and go slow.

#cannabisworkout #cannabutter #stonedworkout

Published by The Healthy Hashhead

The Healthy Hashhead is a writer, poet, cannabis educator and sports nutritionist, dedicated to spreading the message of the conscious consumption through unique content that speaks to regular users of cannabis.

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