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Effects of Cannabis on Athlete’s Performance

Effects of Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most talked about drugs worldwide, both because of its pros and cons. It’s not a 21st-century drug; it’s a drug with a long history. According to researches, marijuana or cannabis has been treating the patients for more than 2500 years. This infamous drug got its overdue recognition when cannabidiol, a material present in cannabis, earned approval in June 2018 as a medicine for the treatment for some types of epilepsy, which are categorized by the type of influences that caused it.

How Cannabis Can Have A Good Effect?

It is not easy to extract and proof the health benefits of cannabis as it requires years of research to reach a fair conclusion regarding its benefits. Now, some of those researches have suggested that cannabis may have a positive effect in the treatment of some of the most common health ailments, such as:


Let’s start with a disease that has been spreading like wildfire. It has been observed that oral cannabinoids are good enough to avoid vomiting that may occur after the unbearing ability of a person who just had chemotherapy. Moreover, the researchers have also indicated that the cannabinoids may be able to decrease the growth rate of tumors that give birth to cancer in the latter stages. 


Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder which has swallowed around 50 million people. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the usage of cannabidiol (CBD) in the treatment of “Lennox-Gastaut” and Dravet, which are severe forms of Epilepsy.

Weight Loss

Well, it’s a universal issue as around 2.2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese. Although people usually opt for diets, workouts, surgeries, very few people know about research according to which, people who smoke cannabis are usually slim, which gets verified by medical standards and prove to be the easiest way to lose weight.

Weight Loss

Lung Blower 

As we all know, cannabis is ideally consumed when smoked, which is usually believed to be a bad activity for lungs. However, a study has shown that it enhances lung’s capacity and doesn’t hamper or damage the functionality of the lungs.  

The After Effects of Cannabis In Case Of the Athletes

Whether its football, basketball, or sprinting, athletes from around the world constantly goes through huge pressure to shine in every competition. They are also aware of the fact that winning is everything, and to accomplish it, hard work is the only path to follow. However, in the midway of their journey, they consume unwanted stuff to guarantee victory. They think it may help them to reach the optimum heights of performance. Cannabis is one of those things that are being consumed by athletes to boost their performance.

Cannabis In Case Of the Athletes

Positive Effects of Cannabis on Athletes

Well, is a bit controversial as traditionally, there is a perception that fitness and cannabis don’t go well together; as they are considered as opposite ends. If you are an aspiring Canadian athlete, there is good news for you.  In June 2018, Canada became the 2nd nation, after the U.S., in the world to legalize the consumption of recreational marijuana under The Cannabis Act. Let’s find out how Cannabis can help struggling athletes in different ways:

An Anti-Inflammatory Tool

Whenever we get injured, our immune system start processing it by activating the White blood cells (WBC), which signals the protein cells to do the damage control. However, the proteins sent by the WBC increases the blood flow; resulting in fluid secretions, which may cause rashes, swelling, or pain that is termed as inflammation.

Cannabis has proved to as a good source for neutralizing muscle and joint inflammation.  According to researches, the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid plays a key role with its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasm is one of the most common issues faced by the athletes, which results in involuntary contraction of one or more muscles. According to recent research, cannabis is a helpful tool in dealing with muscle spasms, especially when it’s caused by multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it has the ability to do muscle recovery and reduction of muscle spasm.

Muscle Spasms

Sleeping Disorder

Athletes need proper mental rest, and nothing can be better than a good sleep. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical present in cannabis that is responsible for inducing sleep. As it can also deal with mental fatigue and depressions issues, it’s becoming a good alternative to traditional sleep medications.

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Negative Effects of Cannabis on Athletes

Every drug comes up with some advantages and some disadvantages. The most pivotal factor that decides the extent of the good or bad effect is its dosage. In case of low to moderate doses, cannabis can be beneficial, however, in case of high dosage; it is bound to have adverse effects. So, let’s find out some of those adverse effects:

Immune System

According to researches, it can have a negative effect on the immune system, which is a nightmare for any athlete. Cannabis is composed of certain chemicals that burn the body’s ability to generate immune system cells called myeloid-derived suppressor cells, which plays a vital role in fighting cancer.

Immune System


No matter how good an athlete is, lack of enthusiasm can hamper the performance to a huge extent. Consumption of cannabis in excess can lead to motivational issues and laziness. Now, if you’re an athlete, you can’t afford to lose the zest.

Heart Issues           

Cannabis always has this tendency to increase the heart rate and blood pressure increase. This is because; it decreases the capacity of the blood to fdlow oxygen to different parts of the body, which invariably increases the chances of a heart attack.