Athletic Mesearch, a how-to guide
Updated: Jan 23
There is a great deal of interest in the public and the scientific community around how cannabis products like CBD may be beneficial for athletes. Similarly, there are reasons to believe that microdosing psychedelics like peyote may have athletic applications. The only way to know for sure if these products can help your game is to try them.
While the media loves to make jokes about lazy stoners eating Doritos, studies show the rates of obesity among people who do not use cannabis are consistently higher than among those who use cannabis.
The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions found that 22% of non-users were obese, compared to 14.3% of cannabis users.
The National Comorbidity Survey found that 25.3% of non-users were obese, compared to 17.2% of cannabis users.
A larger Australian study had similar findings “The existing data suggest lower prevalence of overweight and obesity among young adult cannabis users.”
You can use a standard heart rate monitor watch like a Fitbit to help you test how various cannabis/peyote products and doses affect your workout. cannabis/peyote use for athletic applications falls into two categories. The first is cannabis/peyote products taken before a workout, and the second is cannabis/peyote taken for recovery/sleep.
An example of the first category would be an experimental training routine on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, done at the same time each day. The Wednesday session should be cannabis/peyote-free to serve as the baseline. On Monday and Friday, you would try various psychedelic products and doses. For all three sessions, heart rate monitors should be worn.
Based on how the product affects you, you may choose to incrementally try more or less of certain products and doses. Generally speaking, cannabis/peyote are not a performance enhancer in the traditional sense. It typically does not make you stronger or run faster. I think that the reason athletes now use cannabis/peyote is that it enhances the experience of engaging in athletic activity, and to improve recovery. An analysis of 37 studies concluded that approximately 1 in 4 athletes report using cannabis within the past year.
Another study that surveyed 1,274 athletes found that 25% used cannabis regularly. They reported that "Athletes who use a combination of THC and CBD exhibited the most benefit to well-being and calm with minimal adverse effects"
Athletes often report a euphoric trance-like state associated with their sport of choice. The sport itself often has a rhythm associated with it. Music may also be part of the experience. The trance-like state is sometimes referred to as being in the zone. Others call it the runner’s high. Martial artists sometimes refer to this as achieving a state of no mind. Some team sports allow athletes to achieve a shared experience of rhythmic entrainment, creating a sense of connectedness. Again, I think that all of these are examples of rhythmic entrainment, and rhythm is the cannabis/peyote superpower.
Whatever your athletic activity of choice is, reflect on when you experience a trance-like state. That feeling of immersion in the activity is what cannabis/peyote can help enhance. Detecting these trance-like states with a heart rate monitor is hit or miss, so also take care to note the times you have these experiences.
If you have questions about cannabis and peyote, check out the FAQ and use the search tool to find the answers you are looking for. If you are considering trying mesearch, Mesearch 101 is the place to get started. If you are interested in purchasing peyote or participating in future research, visit www.PeyoteAcution.com for more information.
I want to again remind everyone that I am not a doctor, and this is not intended to be medical advice. For those of you who are going to be using peyote and cannabis anyway, I hope that you are inspired to take a more scientific approach. Always talk to your health care professional before attempting any mesearch experiments.