There’s plenty of research to support that cannabis’ main cannabinoids—THC and CBD—play a certain role in body function. Even though THC impacts cerebral performance more than its counterpart, both cannabinoids make your body function differently than it would without cannabis in your system.
The big question is: is this difference a positive or negative thing? Can we use cannabis to our motivational advantage when it comes to fitness? If so, we could then use cannabis to heighten gym performance.
Keep reading to find out what the research says…
Differences Between Mental and Physical Energy
You know the saying, “Mind over matter?” That couldn’t be truer when it comes to exercise.
Surely, we’ve all heard an instructor shout out a motivational phrase during class. Something to take your mind off the pain or discomfort. Something to distract you from your sweaty forehead and elevated heart rate.
This “mind over matter” phenomenon suggests that our brain gives up more easily than our bodies. Once we mentally tell ourselves that it’s over, our body is quick to follow. And yet, instructors continue to preach that we’re stronger than we think. This is where we notice key differences in our mental and physical energy levels.
Finding Motivation for the Gym
Easier said than done, right?
The concept of motivation is challenging to pin down because it’s so different for all of us. Perhaps we work out for a more toned body or a sharper mind. Shedding for the wedding? Training for a marathon? Recovering from an injury? You gotta get moving!
On top of that, everyone knows that the endorphins that come from physical exercise can make us happier. We learned that from Legally Blonde (and obviously years of scientific research). For some, that motivation is clear as day. We see a picture in our heads and want to make it come true. But for others, motivation feels like a lost cause. A word with no meaning.
GCS Strains for Elevated Gym Performance
- Durban Poison — this sativa-dominant hybrid is said to be the “espresso” of marijuana strains. It’s a real eye-opener that can help you snap out of fatigue and a hazy headspace. Durban Poison provides a clear mind, an upbeat attitude, and boundless energy for elevated gym performance.
- Harlequin — in some cases, it might be a good idea to leave the THC at home before a rigorous workout. THC may hinder your overall performance or possibly make you sick when you’re also dehydrated and sweating like crazy. The high-CBD Harlequin provides energy without psychoactive effects.
- Chocolope — dubbed the perfect “wake and bake” strain, Chocolope eases the stress and anxiety that stems from a busy day ahead. Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list? This hybrid can give you optimistic and euphoric energy to complete your workout along with other tasks, like laundry, homework, and grocery shopping.
Sativa Strains Often Perform Best for Energy
In most cases, you’ll want to narrow your search down to sativa strains for gym performance and motivation. These strains are more likely to come with energy, euphoria, and mind/body alertness than indica ones.
For as much stamina as possible, reach for a sativa strain with high potency—like our Tangerine Dream. This sativa calms the mind and boosts energy levels simultaneously.
Our Power Plant strain makes another fantastic choice. This sativa-dominant hybrid increases energy with a clear and focused mind. This combination can help you push yourself in a workout class while concentrating on particular muscle groups. Of course, this is a personal choice. Some of us love to zone out during a workout to make time fly by faster.
We Have the Strains for Your Best Gym Performance
If you’re still not convinced that a marijuana strain can give you the motivation to work out, combine one of our top choices with your favorite music. The right song can change your way of thinking entirely.
Smoke a little before leaving the house and then turn up your favorite jam on the way to class. You’ll arrive at spin, yoga, Pilates, kick-boxing—whatever tickles your fancy—feeling more motivated than ever!
Growers Choice Seeds has plenty of sativa-forward cannabis strains that can give you the energy and motivation you need to amp up your gym performance. Shop our seeds today—we ship to all 50 states!