Buzzed Runners to Buzzing Neurons via ColorfulCortex Weekly

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Runners High | Run Stoners, Run

The Buzz: Step aside bulletproof coffee and $25 spin classes, the new fitness fad is pre-gaming your run with weed. This underground trend is growing in popularity, with pro-cannabis ultramarathoners endorsing its performance enhancing side effects.

The Backstory: On a chemical level, your brain on running and weed are similar. The cannabinoids in marijuana mimic the natural endocannabinoids produced in the brain when you exercise. The term “runners high” isn’t a gym membership PR tactic.

The Facts: The buzz from pot is caused by two psychoactive chemicals: Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Put simply, CBD makes you calm and THC makes you happy. Weed turbocharges the effects of your body’s ennocannabinoids to boost vision, concentration, pain tolerance, tissue oxygenation, and performance confidence.

Life Hack: If Mary Jane is legal in a city near you, hack your system by lighting up before your run. For a buzz on the go, you can even buy runners bars with 30 mg of THC. It won’t make you an Olympian, but it will make your run more colorful.


Buzzing Neurons | A Wearable For Your Brain

The Buzz: Wearable tech has made great strides. Exhibit A: Thync, a newly launched mood altering head set. Cranky? Exhausted? There’s a gadget for that. Gimme, gimme.

The Backstory: While it slightly resembles a cyborg tiara, it’s nonetheless an ultimate life hack – if it works. The device uses neurosignaling (think energy wave + neural sructure = altered brain activity), to control your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

The Science: Using proprietary waveform algorithms set for Calm or Energy, Thync shoots —> Read More