If you’re broke, unhappy with your life or disgusted with your body and fitness level, there’s a dirty little secret you should know: cannabis can change all of that. Okay, consuming cannabis won’t put money into your bank account, improve your life and act as a diet pill and exercise machine rolled up into a joint. But it couldn’t hurt!
In fact, according to recent research, cannabis consumers are often more successful, satisfied with their current situation and living a lifestyle that keeps their waist’s slim and their BMIs low.
If you’re confused, that’s okay. For many decades, the public has been conditioned to believe that people who consume cannabis are lazy and “not good people.” Let’s examine these claims a little more closely to see if cannabis consumers really are healthier and happier!
Breaking Down Cannabis Stereotypes
You know the trope: pot smokers are out-of-shape teenagers rolling joints in their mother’s basement while playing video games and screaming up the stairs for more lasagna. It’s an image that’s been hammered into the Western zeitgeist for decades.
It’s the idea that people who consume marijuana are lazy, overweight and unambitious – which is simply not true!
Sure, there is a segment of the population that unfortunately reinforces this view. The reality, however, couldn’t be farther from this passé mischaracterization of the contemporary, cannabis consumer’s lifestyle. Today’s cannabis consumers are often thoughtful, self-aware and live a variety of different lifestyles. For many, that lifestyle is healthy, happy and focused on the future.
The Healthy Lifestyles behind Cannabis Consumption
One of the most significant factors that keeps people from leading a healthy lifestyle is inhibition. They’re afraid of going to the gym and doing an exercise wrong. They fear getting hurt participating in a sport they’re unfamiliar with.
They worry about their self-control and their ability to persevere through the difficulties of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These fears and worries inhibit people from achieving their lifestyle goals. Thus, they sit at home, eat comfort foods and spend their lives online living vicariously through the internet. As discussed earlier, this has long been the idea of how cannabis consumers live their lives.
On the contrary, cannabis lowers anxiety levels and helps many overcome their fears, giving them the ability to achieve their lifestyle goals with confidence.
Despite the stigma of laziness behind it, cannabis acts as a great motivator for many people. It frees them of any anxiety they possess before heading to the gym, eases the tension in their muscles before working out with weights and lets them focus on the task at hand while putting all their effort towards their exercise. With this level of relaxation and focus, many people report better gains and a healthier body with the use of cannabis during and after exercise. Marijuana has even shown to be helpful in dieting.
If you still question the reliability of cannabis use coupled with exercise and a healthy lifestyle, you should have a conversation with Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Piers Morgan asked him what he thought of marijuana, he replied, “that is not a drug. It’s a leaf.”
The Terminator admitted to smoking marijuana in the past. He not only used it to relax his body and mind after a long workout but also to increase his appetite to maximize his gains.
Marijuana’s Impact on Athletes and Their Performance
As we’ve discussed previously on this site, many professional athletes use marijuana during competition to increase their focus and performance. They also use it after competition to heal their bodies.
For Avery Collins, it removes the stress involved in ultramarathons. For Nate Diaz, it keeps him focused and healthy during his fights. For Michael Phelps, who knows what it does for him, but the pot-smoking, all-time Olympic gold medal champion certainly doesn’t hurt the argument that cannabis has a positive impact on athletes. He has 23 Olympic Gold Medals. That’s over twice as many as any other person in history. Still, the media widely criticized him for smoking cannabis.
Consumers vs. Non-consumers, the Reality
When comparing cannabis consumer to non-consumers, no one would blame you for assuming that the non-consumers work harder, live healthier and are more successful. That’s been the general overtone of the conversation for the past century. However, the reality is quite the opposite.
In a comprehensive study performed by BDS Analytics, the authors found that people who consume cannabis make more money, are more satisfied with their lives and spend more time being active outdoors as compared their non-consuming counterparts.
According to the study, in California, a state where legal cannabis went into effect earlier this year, cannabis consumers reported making an average of over $93,000 per year. For people who don’t consume cannabis, the average is recorded at less than $76,000. When asked about their life satisfaction, nearly 50% of cannabis consumers reported that they are more satisfied with their lives today than they were a year ago. For those who don’t consume cannabis, that number drops to roughly 40%.
Lastly, smashing the stereotype of the lazy stoner, 57% of California cannabis consumers reported spending time outside being active. For the non-consumers, that number plummeted to just 26%. This means that in California, the ‘lazy stoner’ is over twice as likely to enjoy recreational activities outside than someone who doesn’t consume cannabis.
This isn’t the end of the debate, but as research continues to come out and cannabis becomes more mainstream, the trends we’ve discussed here will likely continue. People are happy to admit that they can incorporate cannabis into a healthy lifestyle that keeps them happy and focused on their future success.
Remember, we’re not saying that cannabis will directly positively impact everyone’s life, but there is no reason to believe the inaccurate propaganda that has led the debate in the past. The discussion on cannabis is quickly shifting to the consumer’s favor which will hopefully lead more people to consider marijuana as a viable option to supplement a healthy and active lifestyle.
Do you think cannabis helps aid in a healthy lifestyle? Why or why not?