Once again a new year is here, and for some smokers, quitting the habit is often a resolution. But the will to stop smoking often crumbles when drinks are on the table. Ever wonder why the two seem to go together? Well, now, a new study provides a scientific explanation for the link between the two. Park Seyoung reports. Many people who drink alcohol also smoke which can be true even for people who aren’t regular smokers. Drinking can even feed a nicotine habit.
i usually smoke once an hour, but when i drink i tend to smoke every 20 to 30 minutes. While drinking, some of my friends who have quit smoking say they want to smoke or they actually start smoking again. There’s a scientific explanation for why drinking and smoking seem to go hand in hand. According to researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, alcohol and nicotine enhance the pleasurable side effects of each other. and nicotine suppresses the.
Sleepinducing effects of alcohol. they made the discovery after recording the sleep patterns of rats that were fitted with electrodes and given an alcohol and nicotine cocktail. The finding also shows smoking contributes to the development of alcoholism and viceversa. Once we understand the systems in the brain where the drugs are working, this would help us to curb alcohol and nicotine addiction.
What Happens When You Workout High
Chances are that you know someone that smokes. weed from time to time. And seeing that this channels age demographic is pretty much in line with the age of people that smokes the most weed, you probably smoke a bit as well. And wouldnt be surprised if youre high right now. But what happens when you mix a little bit of that THC with your workouts? What happens when you work out high?.
For those of you that dont know much about marijuana, the most important substance in it is tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC. THC has a huge effect in one system of the body known as the endocannabinoid system. In fact, your body produces its own THClike substances known as, well, endocannabinoids. When endocannabinoids or THC binds to cannabinoid receptors, primarily in the brain, it causes all types of fascinating effects that pot users are familiar with.
Now the question is whether any of these effects can help with your workouts. First, lets make it clear that even though its more widely accepted today, smoking marijuana is still illegal in most states and many countries. Because of that, this channel does not condone the use of marijuana. Goal of this tutorial is to look at what we know about marijuana and how it can help or hurt your gainz at the gym.
Whether you choose to use marijuana or any other thcinducing drug is solely your choice. Now, lets face it. Most peoples image of a marijuana user is not what we would call physically active. The clich lazy couch dwelling pot smoker almost makes it seem like smoking weed will do absolutely nothing in terms of fitness. But many athletes say otherwise.
Some triathletes have said that consuming thclaced edibles were able to help them focus better in physical activities. Some athletes say that getting high allowed them to take away anxiety during workouts. Marathon runners have said that smoking weed before a run allowed them to get into a groove easier, and it makes it feel like they can run for much longer. So the anecdotes of professional athletes seem to give a thumbs up to bongs up.
But what about actual research? Well, the thing is, not too many research is out there since marijuana and THC is still classified as a Schedule 1 illegal substance. But we do have some research and the information is quite interesting. First is the connection of marijuana and the good feeling after a long jog known as the runners high.
It was long believed that runners high came from the release of betaendorphins. But now studies say that’s not true since endorphins can’t reach the brain. Instead its most likely from endocannabinoids, which can reach the brain. Since marijuanas THC share the same effects as endocannbinoids, it can be possible to increase the sensation of a runners high if you smoked a bit before you run. Not exactly improving performance, but at least improve the enjoyment of exercise.
As far as improving performance, unfortunately, it seems that all studies are pointing at zero. In terms of power output, studies have found that, when performing a cycling test at maximal effort, smoking marijuana caused subjects to exhaust faster. Another study showed a placebo beat out marijuana in an endurance test. They even found that the smokers routinely had an elevated heart rate and blood pressure.