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Let’s get this out of the way: Incorporating cannabis into your lifestyle does not excuse you from being lazy, eating junk food, and otherwise ignoring the natural beauty of the outdoors. The stoner days of lighting up and laying on the couch all day are over. Because here at Green Bodhi, we not only believe in intentional horticulture but also in living an intentional life.

That means engaging with the outside world around you. Believe it or not, cannabis can help with doing just that. Activating a sativa high before beginning a hike loop or surf session will help the world of emails, social media, and group chats fade away and lock you into the adventure ahead. Downing some CBD gummies prior to a yoga class should achieve the same effect. Or you could use your cannabis of choice after an intense gym workout to assist your body in its recovery.

The longer you combine cannabis with an active lifestyle, the more their symbiotic relationship becomes evident. Science backs this up, too. Earlier this year, University of Colorado researchers surveyed more than 600 cannabis users in legal states to assess the relationship between marijuana and fitness. Almost 500 of those participants endorsed using cannabis 1-4 hours before hitting the gym, and ended up working out at least 30 minutes longer than those who don’t combine cannabis and fitness.

Almost 70 percent of participants from that study admitted that “cannabis increases enjoyment of exercise.” A couple years ago, NerdWallet compiled data on the healthiest cities in the country and wouldn’t you know it—the top five healthiest cities in the country all have access to legal recreational marijuana. (Those cities, by the way, were Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Denver.) Living healthy involves a lot more than just working out, obviously, but marijuana can be a helpful motivating tool to staying active.

Back in 2017, scientists from Florida International University aimed to test the motivational levels of adolescents who were regular cannabis users. These researchers assumed, as many do, that marijuana would de-motivate these teenagers aged 14-18. But that’s not what they found at all. After evaluating 79 teenagers using the Apathy Evaluation Scale and Motivation and Engagement (a standardized self-reporting tool), the scientists concluded that “our findings do not support a link between reduced motivation and cannabis use among adolescents.”

Weed does not make you lazy nor does it make you fat. Research published earlier this year in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that marijuana users are less likely to be obese than their non-cannabis using counterparts. Remember, eating junk food while you’re high is a choice! You can just as well eat a tasty green salad or down ayurvedic food after smoking a joint instead of reaching for the Doritos.

Weed does not make you lazy nor does it make you fat. Research published earlier this year in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that marijuana users are less likely to be obese than their non-cannabis using counterparts. Remember, eating junk food while you’re high is a choice! You can just as well eat a tasty green salad or down ayurvedic food after smoking a joint instead of reaching for the Doritos.

If you’re interested in learning more about living an intentional lifestyle with cannabis, stay tuned to this blog. We’ll provide plenty of tips and hacks as well as showcasing people we believe represent an intentional lifestyle. Until then, hopefully we’ll see you on the trails or at the gym. Don’t worry, we won’t tell if you lit a joint beforehand or not.

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