Study: Marijuana use may encourage people to exercise

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Talk about a runner’s high – a new study suggests that marijuana use may encourage people to exercise.

According to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, eight out of 10 marijuana users in states where cannabis is legal said that they used the substance shortly before or after exercise.

Some of the marijuana users surveyed even said that it helped them with recovery from minor aches and pains associated with exercise.

Critics of the legalization of recreational marijuana have often said that they worried that increased marijuana use would lead to a lazier lifestyle among its users.

“There is a stereotype that cannabis use leads people to be lazy and couch-locked and not physically active, but these data suggest that this is not the case,” senior author Angela Bryan told CU Boulder Today.

But Bryan said that she is in no way recommending using cannabis as an aid to exercise.

More information about the study can be found in the journal "Frontiers in Public Health."

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