Smoking weed and jogging have more in common than you think. For starters, they both get you high, and they can both make you very hungry.
Biologically, the runner’s high and the cannabis high look much alike. The foundation of both lies in the body’s endocannabinoid system: a group of “endogenous,” or inherently occurring, receptors, lipids, and enzymes throughout the body. These “endocannabinoids” regulate a range of physiological functions, including appetite, pain, metabolism, mood, energy, sleep, and stress responses. They’re also the same receptors that cannabinoids, or chemicals in marijuana, act upon when you medicate or get high.
But is it also possible that the two highs may also enhance each other? According to Colorado-based ultrarunner Avery Collins, the answer is yes.