The University of Colorado’s Department of Neuroscience and Psychology published a study in July (2020) indicating those who are over 60 years old and use cannabis do NOT suffer negative impact on fitness from such cannabis use. The study was published in the American Journal of Health Behavior and measured the difference in body mass index, exercise behavior, and cardiovascular fitness. The data in this study showed Americans who consume cannabis exercise more frequently and have a lower body mass index than those who did not consume.
The research team, located in Boulder stated, “Although past studies have suggested that cannabis may impair psychomotor performance and lung function, cannabis may actually enhance performance in some athletic domains. It is important to note that the few empirical studies directly testing this association lack external validity, as they have utilized forms of cannabis that are not widely available in modern medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries.”
Researchers said past studies on the subject involved lower quality cannabis – the type of cannabis that is nearly impossible to find today – with legal top shelf flower easily available at dispensaries in dozens of states.
All participants were 60 years of age or older and defined as sedentary – having reported exercising less than 80 minutes of “moderate physical activity” per week.
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Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 44, Number 4, July 2020, pp. 420-431(12)