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What Happens When You Workout High?

Chances are that you know someone that smokes…
weed from time to time.
And seeing that this channel’s 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 wouldn’t be surprised if you’re 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 don’t 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 THC-like
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, let’s make it clear that even though
it’s 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 video 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 THC-inducing drug is solely your choice.
Now, let’s face it.
Most people’s image of a marijuana user
is not what we would call “physically active.”
The cliché “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
THC-laced 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
“runner’s high.”
It was long believed that runner’s high
came from the release of beta-endorphins.
But now studies say that’s not true since
endorphins can’t reach the brain.
Instead it’s most likely from endocannabinoids,
which can reach the brain.
Since marijuana’s THC share the same effects
as endocannbinoids, it can be possible to
increase the sensation of a runner’s 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
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.
This can be discomforting and problematic
for people at risk for coronary heart disease.
And even though yes, smoking marijuana can
reduce stress and pain sensations, which can
even help you push through a few more reps,
this can pose as a huge risk.
Since many of the early indicators of injury
from physical activity is discomfort and joint
pain, smokers might not be able to timely
identify pain-injury signals before it’s
too late.
And THC is also a psychoactive drug that can
impair coordination and slow down reaction
A study found that smoking 17mg of THC caused
users to run into walls more frequently and
took longer to complete a virtual maze test.
A caveat, though, is that people smoking only
13 milligrams of THC did as well as non-smokers.
On top of this, another study showed that
if smokers were given a chance to practice,
they were able to perform just as well as
non-smokers in a reaction test.
So if you do choose to workout high, perhaps
smoke just a little bit and make sure you
get enough warmup practice before you go heavy.
And one more possible positive, but not fully
proven, is that marijuana can serve as vasodilator.
This means that it can improve blood flow
by widening your arteries, which can help
with delivering nutrients to your muscles
and vasodilation has shown to even improve
A small win for grass city.
Now putting everything in perspective, it
doesn’t seem like working out high is that
great of an idea.
There’s just no proven performance benefits
and it might even make it worse.
But if taking a few puffs will help you with
YOUR workout, then don’t let this video
stop you from puffing away.
Stay high and stay active!
What’s your thoughts on working out high?
Share in the comments below.
If you enjoyed this video, please like and
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Thanks for watching!

Randall Smitham



  1. Sham Posted on May 15, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I lifted high for a year. It would make me skip legs every once in a while. Now I don’t lift high at all. My program has me squatting or deadlifting every workout. Would not recommend doing either of those exercises high

  2. Yin Yan Posted on May 17, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Shout out to the smokers who actually get what needs to be done at the end of the day !!!

  3. Noah Mitchell Posted on May 19, 2019 at 10:51 am

    “We don’t condone it” SpongeBob show voice. *5 minutes later “stay high”

  4. The Interesting Informer Posted on May 21, 2019 at 1:46 am

    “I do not condone the use of marijuana”
    “Stay high and stay active”

  5. James Gipe Gipe!!! Posted on May 21, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hell yeah that's what I'm talking about self medicating = self motivation

  6. Dadda Ridley Official Posted on May 21, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    You worked out I'm high 😂 I'll give you that 😂

    On a serous note, nice video Dude!

  7. Benny Beer Posted on May 22, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Sativa or Indica?

  8. BtownOG Posted on May 22, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I’m going to try and workout high this week. I will update you guys on how it goes

  9. Nishita Skyes Posted on May 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Ummm no.. I'll just stay away

  10. zer0life Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    better post-workout vaping to improve regeneration than diminished results due to training high

  11. Kirby Little Posted on May 25, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I always workout high 💕💕💕

    Gives me a higher degree of focus and motivation…

  12. Stingy Posted on May 26, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Damn way to call me out on how fucking high I am rn

  13. Ett Gammalt Bergtroll Posted on May 26, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Wouldn’t the risk of fucking an exercise up and potentially risk injury? Kinda how you’d not want to operate heavy machinery while high.

  14. Expoilin Posted on May 26, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I smoke weed before going to school, i also rip off my 2 dab pens in school bathrooms. I go to weight training 2nd period class to weightlift

  15. Veof Posted on May 27, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    My ability to breathe stops when working out baked so ye not the best pre workout

  16. Megan Garza Posted on May 28, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I always get high and then workout and never once have I ever had a problem just makes me feel better and allows me to workout out longer but I kno my limits but everyone should do what I do

  17. Bad Guy Forever Posted on May 29, 2019 at 2:39 am

    A marijuana placebo and people can’t tell? 😂

  18. Loved Bythedeer Posted on May 30, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I would have like to known the difference between working out on indica vs sativa

  19. Ako ikaw Posted on May 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    i work out stoned all the time..

  20. David Panfilov Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I used to smoke before workouts best tbh is edibles cause it goes in slowly

  21. Malcolm Avocado Posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    It’s amazing you just zone out and can’t feel anything like doing press ups super easy and you can’t hurt yourself,m

  22. Kaylee Miller Posted on June 5, 2019 at 1:30 am

    The last thing I want to do after I get high is anything at all

  23. g is for gay Posted on June 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I am high lmao just worked out it actually motivated me to work

  24. Erica Lynn Posted on June 6, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    "chances are you're high right now" haha hey

  25. BeYourself Posted on June 11, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I'm high dude

  26. Declan O'Cuidighthigh Posted on June 11, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Several IFBB pros do it regularly

  27. Aiko Koshenya 000123 Posted on June 12, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I only came to the comment section because I wanted to see what stoners posted.

  28. B_Winning Posted on June 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm


  29. tyler keogh Posted on June 14, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I went to the gym high one day. Did back and shoulders and the mind to muscle connection was great and I felt super concentrated on my workout over all. Bad news is I hurt my shoulder and was out for 2 weeks. Now I just stick to smoking right after my postworkout meal in order to get down the next one.

  30. YonnieJay009 Posted on June 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Ive been an avid runner for about 6 years now. I cant remember the last time I ran without using some cannabis first. It gives me a rush of energy, helps distract from the monotony, and helps alleviate the initial physical discomfort. I use it before I lift now, too. The only downside I have noticed is when smoking it. As a runner, the last thing I need is lung constriction. It does go away as I run, but I do worry about the long term affects. Is anyone else a stoner runner with some insight?

  31. Solomon Posted on June 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t like working out while high because for me I just don’t feel high after it.

  32. Aishwarya Vittal Posted on June 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I actually am high. Wow.

  33. Summer Nelson Posted on June 16, 2019 at 5:53 am

    great vid!!

  34. Das Gupfanör Posted on June 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    High Freunde, ich bin der Dr. Colly und ich bin high

  35. Kenny Johnson Posted on June 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Never smoke a indica and workout or do anything because you feel sore and shit idk lol

  36. Shawn Knox Posted on June 18, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I don't run while high or really do cardio while high but I'll do weights and anaerobic exercises while high. I will also add I don't max out high. I might be high but I ain't crazy. Lol

  37. RC Jelly Posted on June 19, 2019 at 3:20 am

    I don't have a drug dealer right now so I only smoke with my cousin and I like being active when Im high because it helps you focus and its more fun, but my cousin is a couch potato when he smokes and only likes to watch stoner movies instead of working out

  38. Thomas Heley Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm


  39. 57ashdot Posted on June 19, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    The biggest thing, by far, that cannabis is great for when working out, is prevention of nausea. Anybody that lifts really heavy or does HIIT knows these activities can leave you so nauseated you are likely to puke sometimes.

  40. IrelandVonVicious Posted on June 20, 2019 at 3:21 am

    I've seen four sets than a puff and repeat as a motivational method for those who hate workouts.

  41. Reddust86 Posted on June 20, 2019 at 7:36 am

    But what about working out after the high? I find that working out after the high has worn off has improved my performance at the gym. My runners high kicks in way earlier and overall gym experienced is more enjoyable. I could never workout while peaking the high. It is after the high that I experience the change.

  42. toonjin Posted on June 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t know why im doing thisssss
    Oh shit!!!!

  43. Blake Jamerson Posted on June 22, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I smoke everytime before I workout. Best mind to muscles connection I've ever had.

  44. Allan Docater Posted on June 25, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Nice movie. However you can learn about workouts more. Just google for Unflexal workouts.

  45. Snnnzzz Snnnzz Posted on June 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    it’s crazy that this video was made just two years ago and the presentation of weed was so much more illegal than now

  46. Nobody Talks Posted on June 30, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Skmoke weed after gym, good for regeneration muscle

  47. PSN JOZEE69 Posted on July 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Dude said "from time to time"😂😂😂

  48. Matt Palmer Posted on July 4, 2019 at 2:05 am

    If I smoke an indica, was high all day, or am bloated from munching, chances are I’m not likely to be active. Although.. when I get that perfect high I have all of the workout motivation ever! It takes away the discomfort of heavier weights/longer sets. When I run I can go much longer as well so it seems that (for me at least) it helps with the discomfort of muscle strain. I’d be careful if you’re not as comfortable with your high self and avoid more dangerous lifts until you’re confident that you can do them under the influence though.

  49. kiirk Posted on July 5, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I’d probably think my musics playing then realize I’m having a conversation with my grandma on how two stars only connect when the moon hits its darkest light

  50. b̶x̶b̶y̶ s̶t̶u̶d̶ ̶ Posted on July 6, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I'm going to regret commenting this I'm high right now and don't worry I started crying earlier over some dumb shit I feel fucked up

  51. Christopher Ash Posted on July 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    3:55 thank you. I smoke just a little bit, and it makes it easier. At least for me. Now when they refer to people smoking and not getting shit done, I believe they are smoking more than they should for the task at hand but idk. I just know if I smoke a little bit , I can get alot done and the high lingers. 4 hours of working out high goes by easy and smooth.

  52. Geoff Chafe Posted on July 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

    A little saliva before, and indica after.

  53. Raenetta Love Posted on July 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I havent smoked in months 😭

  54. KillerKikyo5 Posted on July 7, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t recommend smoking before exercising. Smoking pot stresses your lungs and can restrict blood flow to the brain. Your lungs and body need to be at peak performance while working-out. Edibles would be a better option

  55. E_ Woh Posted on July 8, 2019 at 6:04 am

    This nigga just exposed me😭😭😂inna beginning

  56. Mrs Autry Posted on July 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    The one thing I can't do high is work out…it's a post workout treat for me😏

  57. Oscar Jw Posted on July 8, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I had dinner with someone who has smoked weed since they were 14 everyday (at the end of the day when home) and they're 67, healthy and own multiple properties in the USA one of which is one marthas vineyard and worth 8.8 million dollars. If you workout high, just do low reps and don't use THC until you're a zombie, find and know your limits before training high and when you do, do it with light weight and focus on the muscle more.

  58. Brenden Painter Posted on July 9, 2019 at 4:50 am

    “Chances are you’re high right now”
    High me: Wooaaaah how did he know

  59. Brandon P Posted on July 10, 2019 at 6:08 am

    waste of weed, thc is stored in fat, do cardio then lift, high af without spending a dollar.

  60. TheRealDiGi Posted on July 10, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    When he said I bet you’re high right now I smiled and subscribed

  61. MJ 2 DUMB Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I want to smoke but I’m scared my metabolism or stamina will decrease and my gains will fuck up somebody help

  62. GSM - Gaming State of Mind Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Can't believe weed is still a schedule 1 drug and considered more dangerous than substances like cocaine and heroine

  63. Molonga Tron Posted on July 12, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    When i go heavy while working out, I'm miserable, but going light while stoned is freaking amazing for me, atleast when I do bicep curls. I havnt done my back or chest ect, light while stoned.

  64. Nana Nana Posted on July 15, 2019 at 3:46 am

    I’m high watching this

  65. Dust Posted on July 15, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    When I'm baked I can barely play minecraft tf who can do this ? Whoever can much love for you 🖤🤐

  66. Trevor Homeniuk Posted on July 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I had a great workout after weed once. I had time to 1/2 sober up and then hit the gym. I felt like I could perceive muscle pain differently and feel more confident with my pain vs. burn threshold. Thanks Mary Jane!

  67. Dhme ksa Posted on July 20, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    "This channel does not condone the use of marijuana"
    At the end: Stay high and stay active.
    Bruh 😂

  68. Cookie Monster Posted on July 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Nick Diaz works out high

  69. Tanner Angiletta Posted on July 21, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It makes you stronger

  70. Dale Feria Posted on July 22, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Fun fact: Bruce Lee smoked weed

  71. Jamieno Ma Posted on July 22, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    When he said “you’re probably high rn”. That’s when I liked the video😎🤗

  72. Truth Seeker Posted on July 22, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I find my stamina is through the roof and I often build better muscle patterns and routines while stoned that allow many more reps

  73. elpn12 Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:58 am

    If you mixed whit your pre-workout in lower dose it's very good

  74. Andreas Evers Posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I fucking love it, helps keeping me motivated

  75. SwankMank Posted on July 28, 2019 at 3:16 am

    well you have to drink more water and eat around 15 percent more fat or high energy substance if you consistely use THC but it argueable increases preformance over decreasing of when nutrients are done properly the majority of the time

  76. Im just keating Posted on July 28, 2019 at 5:11 am

    3:00–3:30 joint and muscle pain will only happen if your doing your workouts wrong. Stay high lift high get ripped

  77. Spaceland 2001 Posted on July 28, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Awesome things happen.

  78. lil angel Posted on July 29, 2019 at 7:20 am

    0:09 how’d you know😳

  79. Jess G Posted on July 29, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Shit i smoke and still got my degree and working jn the field. Working out too! It's all how you use it and some really just can't handle it. 🤘

  80. Ferg Kumah Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Yep not working out but 😂

  81. Toon225 Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:12 am

    it makes me concentrate more but playing your favorite songs just elevate it
    its really a MOOD
    in my opinion

  82. sky Posted on July 31, 2019 at 10:37 am

    If I do anything physical when km high I try way harder than I do when ik m sober

  83. Oscar dagcutan Posted on July 31, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Fuck you

  84. Michael Bailey Posted on August 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I smoke like a chimney and exercise like Rocky almost everyday. Just gotta have the right mindset and maybe some of the good, good genetics.

  85. Hari Singh Posted on August 5, 2019 at 12:06 am

    When I'm stoned, my form is perfect 👌🏽, but I dont smoke it, I eat it.

  86. Over Whelmed Posted on August 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Im baked 🅰️f

  87. Kin Kenosha Posted on August 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    It pretty much depends on the strain you smoke… some make you lazy while others make you active

  88. Fernando J. Posted on August 8, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Smoke lightly? Goddammit.. just smoked a whole fat ass joint

  89. Ryan Catino Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:54 am

    what we need is studies performed on trained athletes… I suspect that many of these studies are performed on people that fit the "typical stoner" stereotype.

    With my personal experience with using marijuana in sports, it seems to lower the RPE( rated perceived exertion).

  90. AmericanFroatoa69 Posted on August 11, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Let me guess weed is bad, but makes you feel happy.

  91. Omin256 Kimb Posted on August 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Work on those JOINTS

  92. Cory S Posted on August 11, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    At my old gym there were two guys that came in high all the time… You could smell it and their eyes were red AF. These two guys were absolutely dialled in every time and pushing some serious weight.

  93. Ice Bear Posted on August 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I micro-dose before I train almost every time. Thing is (in my humble opinion), the data regarding being high making you gas out quicker is a bit misunderstood.

    I met these two Greek brothers in my senior year of highschool. We became fast friends, and when we finally started hanging out we were doing a lot of hiking/climbing/biking while high. At first it seemed quite difficult, because there is indeed a sensation of gassing out quicker. However, I've found over time that the actual gains are made on the back end. That is to say, responsibly dosing a small amount before working out makes the work more difficult. Hard training leads to hard gains. It also trains your brain's reaction time and focus as well as potential dexterity gains; We would practice throwing knives while high, and spatially it was overwhelming the first time. After two weeks or so of practicing whenever I hung out with them (while stoned), I could over and under-hand a knife into a tree from two yards.

    I can't really explain it, I'm not versed on what's actually happening biologically when I experience said "gains", it just feels like having a lack of spacial awareness (dulled by being high) somehow lends itself immensely to training your spacial awareness. You're forced to feel with everything , not just with one sense. And then you can channel that into whatever your interests are. Art, writing, athletics, whatever. It takes some work, you kinda have to "will" yourself to be more coordinated when you're that numb, but I know it works for me all the time.

  94. daddy penguin Posted on August 17, 2019 at 9:55 am

    i can barely put a sentence together while high let alone work out

  95. daniyaal hussain Posted on August 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Because your perception of time is different it makes it seem easier to workout put some earphones in and listen to tunes and you can easily work out for 2 hrs without noticing how long you train. Thats why I workout with timers so I know what I've done and push myself with reason.

  96. XXXFATSO Posted on August 18, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Well ive been working out while high and never had a problem

  97. Butterbeanie Posted on August 18, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I been working out and I smoke weed before I do almost anything😂 Work/School/Gym/Sports