Getting stoned off marijuana is typically associated with being immobile and unmotivated. But Jim McAlpine is turning this stereotype on its head. McAlpine is the founder of Power Plant Fitness, the first-ever marijuana gym, which is set to open in San Francisco in May. He plans to provide specially designed, weed-friendly workouts, plus Power Plant edibles "made for pre-workout focus and post-workout recovery," he told Outside magazine.

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“If you use it right,” McAlpine told Outside, “cannabis takes the things you love and lets you love them more. With fitness that can help get you into the zone, into eye-of-the-tiger mode.”

Studies on the effects of cannabis on athletes are limited. Smoking weed can damage your lungs, but less so than cigarettes. At the same time, smoking pot has been shown to work as a bronchodilator, helping to ease exercise-induced shortness of breath and possibly offering a treatment for asthma.

Working out while high isn’t a completely new idea — especially for long-distance trail runners and ultra marathon athletes who run 100-mile races. Cannabis can help manage the pain caused by extreme sports.

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Former professional runner Chris Barnicle has been dubbed “The World’s Fastest Stoner.”

“There is an ignorant stereotype about people who use marijuana not being athletic, but that’s because they aren’t often represented. The public only sees a misrepresentation of people who do [hash] dabs all day long and aren’t active,” Barnicle told The Guardian.

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About half of the country has legalized medical marijuana and several more states are thinking about doing the same. Meanwhile, cannabis for recreational use is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

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