I lost 45 pounds using cannabis

Throughout the course of 2017 and 2018, I lost over 45lbs. And I did it while smoking, and eating a lot of cannabis. Like… a lot. Of course, it was not smoking that made me get in better shape. It’s not like there’s some new coughing cardio.

Should I do more dabs? Are there any dabs and abs classes? Is that a thing? It should be. You can email me to license this idea.


Last year I wrote about all the things I learned losing the first 35 lbs. In 2018, I lost another 10. I haven’t looked much at my scale since I hit that mark. I don’t even remember when I hit that mark. To be frank, when I had to buy a size small winter coat last year, I kind of stopped caring. I realized my focus had shifted to increasing speed and strength in the rest of my body.

Cannabis has played an integral role in helping me stay focused on my goals. Throughout 2018, I used it as a motivator and as a recovery tool. I made it a point to document especially towards the end of the year. I incorporated edibles into my recovery routine with more consistency in the Fall.

Cannabis as a reward

If you have the opportunity, I find smoking right before a run to be one of the best moves you can make, with one caveat. Smoking before a run can lead to a sluggish first mile or two. But, once your endorphins start to kick in you are on top of the world. I find the sluggishness to be especially pronounced with an indica strain.

I also like knowing there’s a bowl waiting for me when I get home because #mymansthebest and he preps it for me. It’s an excellent reward. So yes. I’m saying smoke before you go and smoke when you get back. You’ll feel awesome. Give your body a good stretch between hits.

Another way I like using cannabis as a reward is to pack a bowl, and then do a set of something, taking a toke after each set. Sometimes it’s a quick free weight circuit, sometimes it might be 25 squats. Do your reps then take a hit and start again.

Cannabis in recovery

If you think I’m putting all this weed in me for fun you’d be right. Jokes aside, I do use cannabis for it’s medicinal properties, even though I am not medical patient. Turns out for most people who use cannabis, it’s both a recreational and medicinal plant/hobby.

2018 was the year I started taking CBD. I bought any CBD tincture or edible I thought sounded interesting. Starting at The Green Solution and then settling on DRAM Dose. I like micro-dosing a little of DRAM’s adaptogenic drops with an equal dose of THC if I can.

I went into trying CBD with low expectations. I didn’t think it would work for me. I thought that everyone who loves it was overselling it. I don’t think it’s a cure all but CBD has helped relieve both pain and anxiety. I’ve made headaches go away with The Green Solution x Canyon Cultivation CBD lollipops. I’ve slept with more peace since I started taking DRAM +CBD Sweetgrass drops.

I use edibles as well. 100mg will give my body a wonderful, relaxing reset. Relieving any tension in my back, hips, and shoulders so when I go to the gym next I’m ready to kick ass.

Cannabis and my future health and body goals

My goals this year are to continue running as much as I can. I want to run 300 miles. I want to bike 300 miles. I want to run 10 miles straight. I want to add another 10lbs to each of my dumbbells. I kind of want abs but I’m not sure I want to sacrifice all that food I love. All the good stuff.

I do want to continue to build muscle and strength. That’s my primary goal. I want to be able to run a marathon even though I won’t. You know I want to feel strong enough to be able to, in case I ever need to. In like an emergency or something.

I did run a 10k (which is 6.2 miles for non-runners in the United States). I want to run 10 miles this year. It would feel like such a huge accomplishment for me. I have never run that far in my life and I want to do it.

I’d also like to try my hand at the Manitou Springs Incline a couple more times. This time without an unrealized sprained ankle that I will make a hundred times worse. I would like to complete it in less time than the first time (which was about 90 minutes). I’d like to do it in 75 or so.

I’m definitely going to work on my nutrition plan this year. Before my January financial cleanse, I was a little lazy and irresponsible at dinner time. This led to more fast food than I would like. I did maintain my fitness regimen, but that helped keep my jeans from getting too tight.

More data

I am also going to take a more dedicated approach towards tracking what I’m ingesting and when and how it helps in 2019. I would like to be able to measure my progress. I want to make a more direct connection between my health and my cannabis use. This includes finding a doctor who won’t judge me for the use and will work with me in how I want to treat myself and my body.

I can’t wait to update you on how I achieve these goals throughout the year. Be sure to follow along on my Instagram and Twitter for updates. And please let me know what your goals are in 2019 for your health in the comments below.

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