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CANNABIS: The Secret to Enhanced Athletic Performance

CANNABIS: The Secret to Enhanced Athletic Performance

AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES HAVE STARTED TO EMBRACE CANNABIS AS A COMPONENT OF TRAINING. ARE THEY ON TO SOMETHING? WE THINK THEY ARE.

It wasn’t long ago professional athletes were harshly criticized for openly discussing cannabis consumption. Careers were ruined, athletes stigmatized, and in the case of Michael Phelps who was chastised in the media after his infamous ‘bong photo’; athletes have been banned from competition after acknowledging (or being caught) consuming cannabis.

Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since the Phelps incident of 2009. Laws, policies, and attitudes toward cannabis are changing and a growing percentage of athletes now openly discuss cannabis consumption as a component of their training and recovery programs—and for good reason.

People, understandably, more often associate cannabis consumption with the munchies than they do strenuous physical activity. A growing body of research and real-life practical application, however, has shed new light on the possible uses of cannabis for enhanced athletic performance and recovery.

Brave athletes are standing up to support the breaking down of stigmas associated with cannabis consumption, and equally brave medical practitioners, are standing alongside them.


Men’s Journal recently profiled a Colorado triathlete who has integrated cannabis into a rigorous training program that includes pre-dawn runs, post-work swims, and long and lonely cycling adventures. The athlete, who asked to remain anonymous (there’s still a stigma), makes enhanced homemade energy bars that he consumes before early morning workouts. According to the article’s author, the triathlete considers cannabis a “genetically engineered workout supplement—a combined focusing agent for exercise, and a pain reliever that numbs his post-workout aches.”

“I think all athletes—whether they’re NFL or NBA pros or just serious athletes wanting to better their fitness—are learning about the therapeutic potential of this plant.Eugene Moore

 

The concept of working out after consuming cannabis, to some, may seem odd. That said, a growing body of evidence pointing to positive outcomes for athletes who incorporate marijuana into their fitness and training programs, and the endorsement of professionals and amateurs who swear by the plant’s medicinal properties—is altering public perception.

HERE ARE FIVE REASONS TO WORK CANNABIS INTO YOUR OVERALL FITNESS AND RECOVERY PROGRAM.

  1. CANNABIS PROVIDES SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO MANAGE PAIN.

    As America struggles through the opioid epidemic, a growing percentage of people, athletes included, are looking toward cannabis as a healthy alternative for pain management. Cannabis is an excellent tool to help athletes recover from exercise-induced aches and pains and with CBD, you can manage discomfort without feeling high.

  2. CANNABIS DOESN’T HARM LUNG FUNCTION. IN FACT, IT MAY ACTUALLY IMPROVE IT.

    A study conducted over the course of twenty years found low to moderate cannabis consumers displayed increased lung capacity compared to non-smokers. For athletes, the ability to increase lung capacity leads to increased performance and speedy recovery after strenuous exercise. It’s also worth noting, THC has known anti-inflammatory properties and can strengthen the immune system, which may prevent lung irritation from turning into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a devastating lung disorder common to cigarette smokers. While most athletes choose alternative consumption methods, for those who opt to smoke cannabis, it shouldn’t hinder athletic performance.

  3. CANNABIS AIDS IN RECOVERY AND PERFORMANCE.

    Cannabis enriched salves and topicals help athletes reduce muscle pain and the anti-inflammatory properties of both THC and CBD help to speed up muscle repair, drastically improving recovery time—a key to enhanced athletic performance.

  4. CANNABIS HELPS ATHLETES FOCUS DURING INTENSE TRAINING SESSIONS.

    Athletes who have worked cannabis into their training and fitness programs report an increased pain tolerance and enhanced focus, allowing them to push through the temporary pain of challenging workouts and intense endurance sessions. THC and CBD ease anxiety and increase the pain threshold, giving athletes the extra physical and mental push they need, to make it through the most intense moments of training.

  5. CANNABIS PROMOTES NEUROPROTECTION.

    An alarming number of NFL players have come forward in recent years describing PTSD-like symptoms as the result of sports-related head injuries. The neuroprotective properties of cannabis make it an ideal tool for athletes experiencing head injuries. Put simply, cannabis helps with brain repair.

New Marijuana Dispensary in Oklahoma

New Marijuana Dispensary in Oklahoma

FROM EAST TO WEST, YOUR BASES ARE COVERED

Fall is on the horizon, but there is still time to squeeze in the last little bit of Summer vacation, and if you’re one of the many people planning on coming through Oklahoma there are plenty of ways to soak up the last few drops of Summery goodness.

With Oklahoma’s abundance of dispensary locations, you’ll be set from the moment you land at Oklahoma International Airport. Just past our beloved “Blucifer” (do a quick Google search, you won’t be sorry) on your way into town, you’ll have plenty of Oklahoma dispensary options to choose from to get your trip started off on the right foot. The I-70 corridor between downtown and the airport is packed with both medical and recreational dispensaries, including  Peoria location, which you can’t miss from the highway. You may even smell our grow house before you see our glowing sign, just to the south of the interstate near the Peoria exit.

This is just a small sampling of the cannabis-centric activities Oklahoma has to offer. From private multi-course weed dinners to creative art classes and everything in between. There’s something for every visitor to the Centennial State.

 

No matter what brings you to Oklahoma, be it our beautiful National Parks, the picturesque campgrounds, one of the many music and beer festivals, or maybe just to hang out and experience everything Oklahoma has to offer, your cannabis needs will be covered. Even smaller mountain towns like Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Winter Park offer medical and recreational dispensaries. Tax revenues from marijuana sales drive both state and local education, public health, and other beneficial social programs. Additionally, cannabis fuels the local economy by providing jobs to a large percentage of industry professionals.

 

“This is the most beautiful experience I have ever had. I don’t feel worthy of the amazing journey this strain has afforded me. I’ve tried so many strains trying to find a feeling of happiness and this is it. This is heaven.Paul Fisher

What’s a vacation without indulgence? Before heading back to DIA, make an appointment to pamper yourself at one of Oklahoma’s CBD friendly spas. From cannabis-infused oil massages to facials with CBD-based skin products, many spas throughout Oklahoma are taking a holistic approach to self-care and elevating spa-days to the next level.

 

No matter what brings you to Oklahoma, we’re happy you’re here. canna-center has eight Oklahoma-metro dispensaries ready to serve you. So if you’re just here for a quick layover, have a work meeting downtown or need a quick pit stop on the way to your mountain getaway, we have the goods to make your stay in Oklahoma one you’ll never forget. Stop by and see why the difference is night and day!

CANNA-CENTER SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY                          MISSION STATEMENT

CANNA-CENTER SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MISSION STATEMENT

As a cannabis company, canna-center is committed to providing support to the community in which we live. Through intentional and engaged community investments, volunteer days, and fundraising efforts, we aim to increase the vitality of cathedral city diverse neighborhoods and expand our industry’s capacity to do good.

We don’t just give back, we give forward.

At canna-center, we believe that being good a neighbor means more than running a clean, ethical, and compliant business. It also means providing support and care for our local communities. Since 2016, with the help of kindColorado, we’ve engaged our corporate resources and local retailers to support community projects and nonprofits through our Cannabis Social Responsibility plan. In 2017, canna-center donated to local nonprofit organizations and our volunteers have invested more than 200 hours assisting in local communities.

We are proud to live and work in this diverse and growing community and believe that it is our responsibility to give back. More so, it is our hope that through this work others within the cannabis community will feel inspired to join us in providing support for local populations and communities

The facilities and services render by canna-center has help alot in the social and economic development of our communities thanks alot to their helping hands .James Robert

Our corporate giving efforts are focused on people experiencing homelessness, hunger relief, seniors and veterans. Additionally, each of our 8 retail locations is partnered with community agencies and nonprofits to provide support for food insecure populations in Colorado. As part of the canna-center commitment to give forward, our team supports the community by participating in company-wide volunteer activities each month. Once per quarter, each store and its affiliated non-profit organization collaborate on local volunteering activities. We also facilitate food drives and fundraising efforts for our community partners.

If you would like to help canna-center create a positive impact in most communities, please get in touch at [email protected]

WHY DOES CANNABIS WORK?

WHY DOES CANNABIS WORK?

MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT CANNABIS DOES—BUT MOST OF US DON’T KNOW WHY IT DOES IT.

Cannabis is a beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious, and inspiring plant—and, as scientists in the last 25 years have discovered, the human body is designed to interact with it via the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Our bodies are a series of complex systems, most of which you are probably familiar with—the nervous system, the digestive system, circulatory system, etc. Roughly 25 years ago, a Los Angeles doctor working to understand how THC, the compound responsible for much of cannabis’ range of effects, stumbled upon a complex network of cannabinoid receptors (CBr, CB-1) in cells located within both the central and peripheral nervous system.

In the years since, doctors and scientists have identified other cannabinoid receptors (including cannabinoid receptor 2, or CB-2), located within the immune system, digestive system, and most of the body’s major organs. These receptors are unique in that they are able to receive the CBN, THC, and CBD molecules found within cannabis.

The unearthing of CB-1 and CB-2 led researchers to the discovery of Anandamide, a cannabinoid-like chemical found within our bodies that interacts with the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. Anandamide moderates both the central and peripheral nervous systems and as a result has an impact on the regulation of functions within the immune system.

“I think all athletes—whether they’re NFL or NBA pros or just serious athletes wanting to better their fitness—are learning about the therapeutic potential of this plant.

Susan Sisley

It’s incredible to think, inside the last 25 years, we’ve discovered a system in our bodies specifically designed to interact with the active chemical compounds found within cannabis.

CANNABIS COMPOUNDS—A QUICK BREAKDOWN.

CB-1

The CB-1 receptors within our bodies receive THC molecules from cannabis. These receptors are concentrated in the brain, as well as the central nervous system, and are scattered throughout bodily tissues. They are mostly responsible for many of the psychoactive effects commonly associated with our favorite plant.

CB-2

CB-2 receptors are designed by our bodies to receive the CBN molecules found within cannabis. These receptors have been discovered within the peripheral organs and cells inside our bodies’ immune system. The highest concentration of CB-2 receptors is located in the gut.

CONSUMPTION

CONSUMPTION

DABBING

Dabbing, the newest consumption method on our list, is popular among experienced cannabis consumers (take a trip over Instagram, and you’ll realize just how popular dabbing is—#Dabstagram). This consumption method is not for the faint of heart—we recommend only high tolerance consumers enter the world of dabs. That said, the product options related to dabbing are vast, and for the experienced cannabis consumer, dabbing is a great way to enjoy our favorite plant.

Let’s take a moment to explain a ‘dab.’ A small amount of cannabis concentrate is heated on the tip of a titanium nail using a blowtorch (it’s not as intimidating as it sounds)—causing the concentrate to combust for inhalation. A dab can contain up to 80% THC making the effects more mentally and physically intense than other consumption methods, comparable in many instances to the impact of consuming a potent edible. Consumers experience immediate onset, and the effects can last anywhere from 1-3 hours (or longer) depending on dosage (similar to other inhalation methods, i.e., smoking and vaping).

SMOKING

The classics never go out of style. Everyone understands the pure joy of lighting a joint, smoking a bowl, or taking rips from the bong. One of the oldest and most common methods of cannabis consumption (and still a favorite among both seasoned enthusiasts and newbies), smoking flower provides quick onset, peaking within thirty minutes of use, and gives consumers a mellow release within 1-3 hours.

TOPICALS & TRANSDERMALS

Cannabis topicals have a lengthy global history dating back thousands of years. Ayurvedic practitioners today hold tightly to this tradition of making and consuming cannabis-enriched balms, salves, lotions, and similar preparations. Modern American cannabis enthusiasts have also discovered the benefits of implementing cannabis topicals into a regular regimen of self-care. Topicals are applied directly to the skin allowing for the rapid absorption of cannabinoids and have no-psychoactive effects making them an attractive solution for a wide range of consumers. Onset is quick, typically in the area of 5 minutes and effects can last up to 12 hours.

This is a treat I rarely get to experience. Upon opening the package, an all-encompassing aroma washes over me, putting a grin immediately on my face. And it is so beautiful. Whoever made this needs medals.

George Owens

VAPING

Cannabis vapes, while relatively new (at least in comparison to smoking and edibles) represents an increasingly popular category of cannabis products, and for a good reason; cannabis vapes are discreet, simple and easy to dose. The sheer variety of cannabis vape products is another reason for the increasing appeal of this relatively modern consumption method. There’s a vape product ideally suited to every cannabis consumers mood—from strong effects to a mellower buzz—vapes represent an already large and continually growing category.
EDIBLES
Cannabis edibles rose to popularity in the 1960s and today enjoy an enduring appeal. Once consumed, cannabinoids travel to your liver, where THC is naturally transformed into the more potent compound: 11-hydroxy-THC. Available in a wide variety, from brownies, snacks, chocolates, cookies, and powders, to candies and beverages, the possibilities when it comes to edibles are nearly limitless. Consumers love this discreet and delicious consumption method—it is an easy and pleasurable way to feel the full-body psychoactive and relaxing effects of cannabis. Just remember to start low and go slow—it’s always best to err on the side of caution. We want you to have the best experience possible—if you have any questions never hesitate to ask a canna-center budtender.
Journey  Through the Sahara

Journey Through the Sahara

Novice patients should avoid using high THC-content products since these products are generally associated with higher risks of various (acute and chronic) mental and behavioral problem outcomes. Users should know the nature and composition of the cannabis products that they use, and ideally use cannabis products with lower THC content. Given the evidence of CBD’s attenuating effects on some THC-related outcomes, it is advisable to use cannabis containing high
CBD:THC ratios.

Regular inhalation of combusted cannabis adversely affects respiratory health outcomes. It is generally preferable to avoid routes of administration that involve smoking combusted cannabis material (e.g., by using vaporizers or edibles). Use of edibles eliminates respiratory risks.
Those users who choose to consume via inhalation should avoid practices such as “deep inhalation” or breath-holding to increase psychoactive ingredient absorption when smoking cannabis, as these practices disproportionately increase the intake of toxic material.

Driving while impaired from cannabis is associated with an increased risk of involvement in motor-vehicle accidents. It is recommended that users refrain from driving (or operating other machinery or mobility devices) for at least 6 hours after using cannabis. This wait time may be adjusted depending on the user and the properties of the specific cannabis product used.

Thanks to canna-center for bringing out this important points atleast we now the advantages and disadvantages of driving or travelling while taking cannabis.Dylan Milton

The use of both cannabis and alcohol results in multiply increased impairment and risks for driving, and categorically should be avoided.
There are some populations at probable higher risk for cannabis-related adverse effects who should refrain from using cannabis. These include individuals with predisposition for, or a first-degree family history of, psychosis and substance use disorders, as well as pregnant women (primarily to avoid adverse effects on the fetus or newborn).

WHAT IS IN CANNABIS?

WHAT IS IN CANNABIS?

From its history as an unfairly categorized and misunderstood plant, to cannabis’ current status as a now legal (in some areas) and yet still misunderstood plant, everything about cannabis is complicated.

WE ARE HERE TO CLEAR THINGS UP FOR YOU.
Of the over 400 chemical compounds found within cannabis, more than 60 of them are cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are primarily responsible for producing the vast array of effects most commonly associated with cannabis.

While we’ve just begun to understand the full scope and complexity of this beautiful and historically misunderstood plant, we do know a few basics. Let’s break them down for you.

TETRAHYDROCANNABIDIOL (THC)

Until the emergence of CBD (more on that below), of all the significant cannabinoids, THC was the most commonly referenced and understood. THC is the abbreviation for a scientific label you’re likely to forget—Delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol. And, as previously mentioned, it is the most well-known cannabinoid. THC is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis. To put it simply, THC gets you high. That’s not all it does, however. THC has proven to have numerous therapeutic effects and is considered an antioxidant, helping to protect your brain and providing general relief from pain and inflammation..

CANNABIDIOL (CBD)
From farmers markets to your local pet store, to sparkling water, CBD is all the rage (we published a blog about CBD), and because of this, there’s a ton of misinformation floating around about it. What is CBD and what does it do? Let’s start with the basics.

CBD is the second most common cannabinoid found within cannabis. Unlike its psychoactive cousin, THC, CBD doesn’t bind itself to the same CB1 or CB2 Receptors (learn more about those here), which means, in basic terms, CBD doesn’t get you high. That said CBD has a whole range of positive attributes that help to explain its newfound fame. CBD has been shown to help relieve nausea, inflammation, and anxiety. It is for this reason many consumers prefer CBD to THC—they can get the benefits of cannabis without experiencing the head-high from THC.

PHO (PROPANE HASH OIL)

Concentrates extracted with PHO are made exactly the same way as with the BHO process, except the processor uses propane as the solvent instead of butane.

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Samuel Johnson

CANNABINOL (CBN)
CBN isn’t as widely known as THC or CBD; this is due mainly to the lengthy history of cannabis prohibition (ongoing in many parts of our country) which has kept researchers from being able to study the lesser-known compounds found within cannabis. As THC oxidizes, it becomes CBN. It is for this reason that old or improperly stored cannabis has higher-levels of CBN than fresh flower stored in an airtight container. Like CBD, CBN is non-psychoactive and is known to assist with general pain relief, is anti-convulsive, and, most importantly, helps to provide restful sleep.

As researchers continue to study cannabinol, CBN-rich products will begin to hit the market. For now, there are very few products available specific to CBN. Drop by your favorite Lightshade location to discuss available products.

CANNABIGEROL (CBG)
CBG (cannabigerol), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and like CBD, it won’t get you high. CBG plays a critical role in the biochemistry of cannabis, as it is the foundation of THC and CBD. While only minimal amounts of CBG have been identified in cannabis strains, there are hemp strains cultivated specifically to contain higher yields of this cannabinoid. Researchers have found CBG to possess potent antibacterial properties. They’ve also been able to uncover positive attributes related to CBG such as the reduction of intraocular pressure (fluid pressure inside the eye), making this cannabinoid an excellent option for patients experiencing glaucoma. CBG has been discovered to be a neuroprotectant, aids with skin ailments, stimulates appetite and is helpful in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

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