The conversation about cannabis and sports took a turn in July, after United States Olympic sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for THC, resulting in her being cut from the national team and barred from competing in Tokyo. Not only did the no-pot policy seem arcane as states across the country legalize retail marijuana, but most of the public couldn’t believe that cannabis, known more for giggles and munchies than athletic training, is listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a performance-enhancing drug.

Can cannabis actually help an athlete’s performance?

Author (and former Westword contributor) Josiah Hesse doesn’t think athletes who test positive for cannabis should be barred from their sport, and he also believes it’s time to re-evaluate the way we feel about pot’s relationship to exercise and training. An avid runner who likes to eat edibles before lacing up, Hesse discovered the benefits that cannabis can have to both running and recuperating several years ago, and he’s been eating up information on the topic ever since.

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