Atheletes and Marijuana

There is a collectively held idea that using marijuana makes a person lazy, sluggish, unmotivated and slow. A typical ‘stoner’ is an overweight teenage boy who sits on the couch all day to eat chips and watch cartoons. When people think of a ‘marijuana smoker,’ an athlete usually does not come to mind. Why is that?

There are loads of different strains of marijuana that not only boost creativity and energy but can also be used by those who are constantly physically active to help manage pain. Some popular strains that can help motivate you are:

  • Durban Poison
  • Jillybean
  • Harlequin
  • Ghost Train Haze
  • Green Crack
  • XJ-13

Marijuana in sports for pain management

When a person is exerting their body to reach top physical shape, they can expect to be sore quite often. They may also get injured being an athlete and be dealing with chronic pain. Luckily, there are a bunch of marijuana strains that can help manage pain. These include:

  • Blackberry Kush
  • Harlequin (again, so a double whammy if you use this)
  • Blue Widow
  • Purple Arrow
  • Blueberry Headband
  • Redwood Kush
  • Dynamite
  • Cataract Kush
  • Mazar I Sharif

Smoking weed and sports

Atheletes and Marijuana

Now, it may not be the best idea to get totally baked before you must go to practice, a game, or a meet, but there are a lot of benefits that can come along with smoking weed when you play sports. Remember that if you play professionally or in college, you may be subject to random drug testing and could risk getting kicked off the team if you are caught using drugs recreationally.

Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer and gold medalist, was caught using marijuana when he was just 23 years old. Just three months after winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics, a photo was leaked of Phelps smoking out of a bong that was suspected to contain marijuana. When a player is a part of the Olympics, they agree to not use any drugs. Even if they are not in season or training.

Phelps was suspended for three months, and forever was marked with a “pot-smoker” label. He lost out on several endorsement deals and had to apologize publicly numerous times. Fortunately, he was able to join the American Olympic swimming team once his suspension had ended, and he went on to take home a lot more gold for the United States. Phelps was heralded as a warning for those who were Olympic athletes that were attempting to hide casual recreational drug use from the world. Ten years later, and Phelps has quit swimming in the Olympics and is now a dad. He is free to smoke as much as he wants, when he wants, although there has been no mention publicly about Phelps’ marijuana use.

Many athletes use Michael Phelps as an example. They use his story as proof for why they believe they can use marijuana recreationally, and still excel in sports. I’d say with 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals, I’d say they make a pretty fair case. Unfortunately, much of the athletic community still frowns upon drug use of any kind, whether it be recreationally or medically.

Weed and athletes

Marijuana can also help athletes who are having trouble focusing. According to Leafly, these are the strains that can help anyone who is struggling with concentration:

  • Cinex
  • Sour Diesel
  • Green Crack (another double hitter)
  • True OG
  • Harle-Tsu
  • Harlequin (TRIPLE whammy)
  • Goo
  • Jupiter OG

Sometimes, it is hard for athletes to fall asleep. Highly potent marijuana strains can help in knocking a person out for a whole night. If you are an athlete that spends their nights tossing and turning, try these strains out:

  • Cookie Jar
  • Girl Scout Cookie
  • White Widow
  • Grape Ape
  • A-10
  • Hawaiian Purple Kush
  • Hindu Kush
  • Kryptonite
  • Tahoe OG Kush
  • Skywalker
  • God’s Gift
  • Orge
  • Big Bud
  • Bubba Kush
  • Gorilla Glue 4
  • White Rhino
  • Northern Lights
  • Grandaddy Purple
  • GSC
  • Blue Dream
  • LA confidential
  • Blue Cheese
  • Cheese
  • Purple Urkle
  • Cherry Pie
  • Master Kush
  • 9 Pound Hammer

For those athletes who get really anxious in the days leading up to a performance or experience high feelings of anxiety after doing poorly in a competition, there are also a bunch of strains that can be used to combat that as well. These include:

  • ACDC
  • Pennywise
  • Stephen Hawking Kush
  • White Widow
  • Cherry Pie (again)
  • Grandaddy Purple (again)

Benefits of smoking weed for athletes

weed in sports

While there are many benefits of smoking weed for athletes, of course there are some downfalls. The worst of these is getting in trouble with the law. When cannabis is used to fight against negative effect, sometimes the results can be adverse. If you are over the age of 21 you might live in a state where medical marijuana is legal. The list of states are as follows:


  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Manie
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • D.C.
  • West Virginia


If you are unsure whether using marijuana as an athlete is right for you, you can always reach out to a medical practitioner for advice. If you have a qualifying condition, you may be able to get a medical card and have access to medical cannabis strains.

Marijuana in sports

The relationship between marijuana and sports have long been complicated, but it is time to put an end to that. Marijuana’s negative reputation has been improving over the years, and if it were to be legalized nationwide, it could improve even more. If you are an athlete who is suffering from pain, anxiety, or anything else related to your physical fitness, do not be afraid to use marijuana to help.

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