While cannabis users produced significantly less power, they did not display as much anaerobic fatigue
Young women who are regular cannabis users, even when active and fit, do not produce as much anaerobic power as those who don’t partake, concludes a new U.S. study.
Published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, investigators from the University of Northern Colorado sought to determine if chronic cannabis use in physically active, female athletes alters health performance.
In essence, anaerobic activity is “a higher-intensity, higher-power version of exercise,” according to HealthLine. During these short bursts of intense effort, “the body can’t process oxygen fast enough to use it as fuel,” the study explains.
The small study compared the performance of 12 healthy, regular cannabis users — who had used the plant an average of six years and consumed an average of 15 days monthly — to that of 12 non-users, participants who had not consumed any cannabis products for at least 12 months.
Members of both groups were aged 19 to 34 and regularly engaged in resistance and aerobic training, per a study press release posted on News Wise.