August 6, 2020 4 min read
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Do people who use cannabis get more, the same or less exercise than other people?
If you answer that question with “more", then you likely use cannabis yourself. For everyone else operating under preconceived notions, the answer is likely “less.”
Those who imagine a lazy stoner stereotype are wrong. Like many cannabis myths, the one about smoking weed leading to nothing but long days on the couch binge-watching old Star Trek episodes is being proven false with mounting research. That’s not saying people don’t binge-watch Star Trek, it’s just not all they do.
A new study done by the University of Colorado at Boulder proves that cannabis users engage in regular exercise. In a four-month study involving people over the age of 60, they found cannabis users engaged more in regular exercise and other physical activities than those who did not use cannabis. They also found they had lower body weights.
Although they called the findings preliminary, researchers wrote that the study suggests it may be easier for older adults who use cannabis to increase and maintain healthy exercise behavior, possibly because of their lower body weights.
“At minimum, the evidence suggests that cannabis use does not hinder older adults’ ability to engage in physical activity, to participate in a supervised exercise program, or to increase their fitness as a result of physical activity,” the researchers wrote.
Why study cannabis use among older Americans?