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MJFITNUT Spartan Race

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We definitely earned our bragging rights from the @spartan at Fort Carson Army Base yesterday! 🏅💪🇺🇸We overcame obstacles designed by 4th Infantry and Special Forces units and had fun doing it! #beastmode#teamworkmakesthedreamwork .

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Thank you @peeldeez, U.S. Navy Veteran and co-owner of Denver’s 420 friendly transportation service @highendtransportation, for motivating us for our first @spartanrace and being an amazing team member! Your encouragement and @spartan Trifecta accomplishments continue to inspire! 😁💚🙌🏼


Also, THANK YOU so much to all the military members and their families for your sacrifice and service.

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Race 1 out of 11 complete for the @mjfitnut 2018 season! What an incredible way to kick it off! .
Next races in May are @lasportivana 11k in Eagle 🦅,CO and the @bolderboulder 10k! Getting excited! .
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We strive to show how cannabis can be consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle! 🌱 Cannabis has also been shown to help veterans and their families overall health and wellness! .
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Cannabis and Fitness: Which Routines Pair Best With a High?

Cannabis and Fitness: Which Routines Pair Best With a High?

If you’ve ever smoked pot (which you did, otherwise, what are you doing here), you’ve experienced its calming and relaxing benefits, along with a moderate-to-high case of the munchies. But when it comes to getting your butt off the couch and into the gym or outside for a rejuvenating workout, is smoking marijuana a good idea? Yes, it absolutely is.

But aside from its benefits, you might be wondering what the best exercise routines to pair with a blissful high are – enter, the marijuana-friendly sports you’re going to love.

April 2018 Athlete of The Month May Ann Valledor

April 2018 Athlete of The Month May Ann Valledor

We are excited to announce May Ann Valledor as our Athlete of the Month for April 2018! May Ann is a shining example of positivity, encouragement, and motivation. She takes her fitness seriously and still finds ways to keep it fun. She goes above and beyond to promote cannabis as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, and consistently posts her fitness and nutrition journey on Instagram, making room for good humor.

Can Weed Make You A Better Athlete?

With many states decriminalizing the consumption and possession of marijuana and athletes turning to advocate its use, a single decades-old question comes to mind: can weed enhance athletic performance? Marijuana has been considered an illicit substance for a long time, despite a myriad of positive effects it can have on the mind and body, such as pain management, anti-inflammatory properties, and stress reduction. Athletes from around the world are coming forward to advocate the use of cannabis in sports, promoting its healthful benefits and making a stand against censorship and baseless restrictions. Let’s see how weed can actually make you a better athlete.

Marijuana and its effects on your brain

Weed has more than 700 active compounds (known as cannabinoids); they combine with the receptors in your brain when you consume it through smoking, inhaling, or eating. Cannabinoids (non-psychoactive compounds) are known to control emotions, appetite, pain, and memory, and evoke that well-known relaxed and calm feeling. Because of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) flowing through your body, you will feel relaxed, with a sensation of euphoria and even drowsiness.

Runners tend to compare the state of a “runner’s high” with the effects of weed. Some of them say that consuming marijuana before a run primes your muscles and puts you in a winning mindset – instead of thinking about how much further they have to run, they rather focus on taking it step by step and simply enjoying the experience.

Our bodies produce cannabinoids naturally. One of them is anandamide, a cannabinoid compound similar to that of cannabis, found in people’s bloodstream after exercise. This means that we can mimic the natural process of increasing the levels of exercise-induced endocannabinoids, helping people increase their performance through increased enjoyment.

Marijuana as a medicine

Many NBA and NFL players are known to smoke weed, claiming that it’s one of the most effective alternatives to opioid painkillers. One of the biggest advocates for the use of medical marijuana in the NFL, Eben Britton (former NFL offensive lineman), says that weed is a medicinal herb that works as a potent and effective solution to both the opiate epidemic and concussions/chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Both NFL and NBA leagues believe that they are successfully stopping athletes from using cannabis; however, with only one random drug test a year, players are not overly concerned about getting caught. They prefer the herb to the use of painkillers, which are more addicting than marijuana.

Benefits of marijuana for recovery

Apart from causing a sensation similar to the “runner’s high”, marijuana has numerous other benefits. It acts as a muscle relaxer and a painkiller.

Marijuana can help alleviate muscle pain and soreness after exercise. However, combining marijuana with the right athletic clothing will yield even greater results. If you want to maximize your post-workout recovery, look for compressive gym wear online, such as shirts and leggings, that will maintain optimal blood flow to the muscles even when you’re not working out. While the active compounds will help with CNS recovery and muscle fatigue, proper clothes will help with lactic acid build-up, keeping your muscles warm so that you can hit your training session stronger than before.

Marijuana and a winning mindset

Certain studies show that marijuana can improve oxygenation of the tissues, improve concentration and vision, reduce muscle spasms, and help athletes forget traumatic experiences, such as injuries. Additionally, it can lead to more risk-taking behavior by increasing impulsive responses without affecting decision-making, which can be quite beneficial in a competition.

However, smoking cannabis can affect your lungs, so eating it might be a better long-term solution for endurance athletes. Athletes can also turn to vaporizers, which have a lower impact on your lungs. These are alternatives that won’t expose you to the toxic substances in smoke or harm your airways, but they can hit you harder and last longer.

With the authorities slowly decriminalizing marijuana and with the recently discovered benefits of the plant, we are witnessing huge marketing campaigns for certain cannabis strains in states where marijuana is legal. There’s even a competition called “420 Games”, launched in San Francisco, where cycling, swimming, and running are used to promote healthy cannabis use while exercising.

This stands to show that the effects of marijuana on your overall well-being, as well as the promotion of better sleep before a training session or competition, can prove to be immensely beneficial in helping you develop and maintain a winning mindset.

While there’s still an ongoing debate whether marijuana should be allowed in professional sports, its numerous benefits for your performance and general well-being are indisputable. Its effects can help you become a better athlete in more ways than one, and can be used to support a healthier lifestyle by acting as an antidepressant, neuroprotectant, and pain reliever.

 

Written by: Luke Douglas

Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

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MJFITNUT Team to Take on Spartan!

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You heard that right! The MJFITNUT Team is taking on their first Spartan Race! On Sunday, May 6th, Antonio and Heather DeRose will join High End Transportation's, Marie Peel as they tackle the morning sprint series at Ft. Carson, CO! Marie Peel, a Navy Veteran, has completed several Spartan Races, including completion of the famed Trifecta. Joining the Trifecta Tribe is accomplished by finishing one of each Spartan distance - Sprint, Super and Beast (or Ultra) - in a calendar year! 

This is Antonio and Heather's first Spartan Race and they couldn't be more excited to have Peel on their team! This is going to be the first event in the MJFITNUT Team's 2018 Race Tour! It's meant to be a challenge preparing them to compete in the entire La Sportiva Colorado Trail Running Series!

If you're interested in joining the MJFITNUT Team at this Spartan Race, or any of their other planned races, please let us know! We would love for you to join us as we change the perception of cannabis, and blaze the trails for CannaFitness! 

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February 2018 Athlete of the Month - Marte' Hepburn

February 2018 Athlete of the Month - Marte' Hepburn

Marte' Hepburn is our February 2018 Athlete of the Month, and we couldn’t be more proud to have her support! Marte’ describes herself as a Senior Cannabis Athlete. She goes above and beyond to break more than just the stereotype of cannabis, but also the stigma of age slowing you down. In her 60’s, she’s out rock climbing, running marathons, and traveling the world! 

Senior, Cannabis, Athlete - Breaking the Stigma

Senior, Cannabis, Athlete - Breaking the Stigma

Those are three words I would never have chosen to describe myself and yet this past year I realized that all three do indeed apply. So let's break it down.

Senior...at age 66 I absolutely find myself in that category. I believe my issue with owning up to it is that there's an image of seniors that I don't relate to. You know the retiring one that seems to move a bit slower and stops doing the things they used to do. I am thrilled to find that now that I have arrived, that image is bogus! I have met an amazing group of seriously seniors that are out there rocking their retirement...running, biking, sailing, hiking, climbing...you name it and they are doing it.

Official 2018 Race Schedule Released!

Official 2018 Race Schedule Released!

We are so excited to announce our official 2018 race schedule! This year we will be competing in the entire La Sportiva Trail Run Series, the Realm of Caring 5k, and we're putting together a team for the Ragnar Trail Relay!! It's going to be a big year for MJFITNUT and we're so grateful you're with us in this journey!

We invite any and all who would like to come race with us or cheer the team on at any of these events!  Together we will all change the perception of cannabis! 

MJFITNUT Wins Cannabis Team of the Year!!

MJFITNUT Wins Cannabis Team of the Year!!

MJFITNUT has been announced as Cannabis Team of the Year in January's issue of Vegas Cannabis Magazine (p67)! Hosted by Redefine Cannabis in 2017, the annual Redefine Cannabis Awards had several categories within different sections of the cannabis industry. One section was Running, Fitness, and Athletics, which included nominees from all around the nation. "These awards recognize outstanding strides being made in educating the masses on the connection cannabis has with fitness and athletics". 

What Do You Want To Do For The Rest Of Your Life?

What Do You Want To Do For The Rest Of Your Life?

It's been just over a year since we started Mjfitnut. We started creating content on social media at first, and then we launched our website. After a couple months of searching for opportunities, we landed our own weekly CannaFitness column on Leaf of the Week which expanded to On Denver and then to About Boulder.

Determined to increase income from content creation in 2018...

Cannabis Resolutions

Cannabis Resolutions

Whether we consume cannabis or not, we should all pledge to learn more about the plant. Cannabis and cannabis use will continue to have stigmas until we get smart about our approach to this medicinal herb. Through educating ourselves, and teaching others what we learn, the stigmas will slowly dissolve. Plus, there is a growing demand for the cannabis-savvy in the legal cannabis market.

January 2018 Athlete of the Month - Deuvall Dorsey

January 2018 Athlete of the Month - Deuvall Dorsey

Deuvall Dorsey, who is also well known in the cannabis and athletics industry as The Vegas 420 Runner, is our January 2018 Athlete of the Month. Deuvall is one of the most active “stoners” there is. His resume of accomplishments as an athlete, an academic, and cannabis advocate is one to inspire us all. Below are just a few highlights of his current roles, former positions, and his many achievements.

From Felonies to Finance to Fitness

From Felonies to Finance to Fitness

I truly feel blessed and extremely fortunate to be alive today, and I attribute a great deal of this good fortune to cannabis. I wasn’t always the well behaved, friendly, and positive person I am today. I spent the majority of my life in a very dark place, especially as a child, and I’m lucky to have turned my life around. There was a time when I was on a road only leading to prison, death, or both. It was at this time I came to a crossroads, and I decided to change my life for the better.

How Marijuana, Fitness and Nutrition Improved My Life

How Marijuana, Fitness and Nutrition Improved My Life

My journey through life with health concerns, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, tobacco use and alcoholism and how I changed my life using marijuana, fitness and nutrition. 

The Wake-Up Call

The Wake-Up Call

... I knew I needed to make drastic changes in my life, or I wouldn’t survive another 5 years. At just 40 years old I was exhausted, overweight, unhealthy, and slowly killing myself through over-consumption of alcohol, nutrition-less food, and too many pharmaceuticals.

Boston Marathon leads to Raw Organic Vegan Edibles

Boston Marathon leads to Raw Organic Vegan Edibles

In completing the entire 420 Games 2017 National Tour, we got the chance to meet a lot of incredible people and businesses. One of which was Katina Morales, also known as Betty Khronic, which is the name of her company. Betty Khronic offers a selection of CBD and THC infused energy bars, made with raw, locally sourced, vegan ingredients. We had the pleasure of sampling the CBD bars at The 420 Games in LA. They were Cuban Coffee flavored, and

Functional exercises

Functional exercises

I see a lot of people follow lifting schedules like this – they lift to work one muscle group each day of the week. I used to follow this type of schedule too. You will maybe get some results doing this, but there’s an incredibly more efficient way to get better results in the weight room.

Let's Talk Topicals

Let's Talk Topicals

I beat myself up physically, by challenging myself in training so I can be stronger, faster, and better than the day before. Training isn’t just the work you put in at the gym, or on the track, it’s also a lot about recovery. I consume cannabis in many different ways, for different reasons, as detailed in last week’s article, Consuming Cannabis as an Athlete. This week we’re going to take a closer look at topicals, how they play a role in training and recovery, and what you can do to start using topicals into your everyday wellness routines.

Crafting an Active Mind

Crafting an Active Mind

If you're reading this blog chances are you don't fit the “Lazy-Stoner” profile. People drawn to this site tend to be like-minded, active, and share a love of cannabis. I'm thankful for it too, a community out there fighting the stigma. Yet, I can't shake the idea of the lazy-stoner. Its a thing for a reason, and outside of our lovely community of active/pro-active stoners there are many people that fit the definition of couch-locked. If you've ever been to a 420 rally in Denver you've seen them first hand, I actually stopped going to these events because of the type of people that show up.

Marijuana and Dreams Part II

Marijuana and Dreams Part II

After a couple of days of not smoking, I started to have unbelievably vivid, clear, detailed dreams that I remembered. I’d wake up in the morning and think to myself that if I didn’t know any better, I would not be hard-pressed to believe my dreams had actually happened. Sometimes I wouldn’t remember my dream until later in the day. Other times I’d recall it right as I woke up. There is absolutely a difference in my dreams when I stopped smoking.