As the cannabis legalization movement continues to grow so does public education about the long-demonized pot plant.
There is an increased understanding of marijuana as being less of a dangerous drug (though the U.S. government still stubbornly classifies it as such) and more of a potentially beneficial medicinal herb.
As public opinion shifts more athletes are coming out publicly about their pot use. In a recent article Leafly writer Gage Peake discussed the ‘CannAthlete movement’ with 24-year-old runner Avery Collins – part of an emerging group of high-intensity extreme distance runners or ultramarathoners who openly incorporate cannabis into their training and recovery routines.
Ultramarathoners run distances of 50 to 500 or more miles with inclines reaching thousands of feet.
A Runner’s World article last February detailed the many reasons runners are ‘mixing marijuana and mileage’ and the subject has been a source of major debate in running circles.
(In a 2015 article for Ultra Running Magazine, writer and ultrarunner Will Cooper sums up his personal ganja quandary.)