The real cause of “Runner's High” may surprise you. It'll surprise you less if you smoke pot


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Now we need research on releasing the body’s own endocannabinoids without first torturing it.


So, I run and also enjoy cannabis products. While I’m not a heavy or frequent user, I do have a mild tolerance for the stuff.

So, does this mean I also have a tolerance for runners’ high? Will the running high be more pronounced if I take a break? These are the important questions.


Probably. It’s all cell receptor down-regulation. At least I’ve been told that’s how it works for dopaminergic drugs. If you take a stimulant to raise your intersynaptic dopamine levels, your neurons will, after awhile, respond by decreasing the number of dopamine receptors on their surface to re-balance and achieve homeostasis again, resulting in a tolerance. It takes more dopamine floating around your brain to achieve the same level of receptor activation.

I have no idea if that’s how tolerance works with CB receptors, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they work in a similar way.


That’s why I do Aikido. It isn’t torture. We get all huffy playing around. Then we’re high and everybody goes home.


See that’s nice because it’s entertaining and low impact and you can do it with friends.

I shoot pool.


Yeah, pool works. Honestly the best best neatest bestest highs I’ve ever had come from the other pool: swimming. One time I said, I am swimming 5 miles. Just cuz. I took a few breaks but mostly swam the 165 laps without stopping. When I got out, I couldn’t lift my arms (had to duck under lanes and clumsily use the ladder). But I was high as a fucking bird all day. It was amazing.


I take days in the desert with friends for that.

Good fsm that’s a lot of swimming. I think I might rather just be dead.


I’m no ironman. Flabber man, more like. 240lbs, 6 feet of dough.


Other similarities: Shortness of breath/coughing, thirst, carbo loading.

The fact is I just don’t have the time to run.


Does this count as shooting pool?


Sure it does. But that’s not the kind we do here. :smile:


Aha, so now I realize why it felt so good to get high and then go for a 20-mile jaunt on my bicycle when I used to do that sort of thing.


So…when can we expect the FDA DEA to start the war on runners? [thank you LDoBe].


Never. Starting wars on things in this case is the job of the DEA. The FDA has in fact approved prescription synthetic THC and CBD.


You won’t believe the real cause! Doctors hate this one weird trick!


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