Can a cannabis gummy simulate runner's high?

“We found that endurance athletes regularly take multiple supplements, liquids, and synthetic painkillers. Our goal was to provide a compact, portable, and plant-based alternative"

The GrowthOp 3 minute read May 13, 2022

Los Angeles-based OFFFIELD, an athletic cannabis company, has launched a new gummy that claims to combine the science of the ‘runner’s high’ with cannabinoids.

The formulation contains 100mg CBD, 16mg CBG, a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, and 20mg of yerba mate caffeine.

The product builds on the company’s previous release, a sports drink mix with electrolytes, vitamins, adaptogens and cannabinoids.

Though ‘runner’s high’ has long been attributed to the release of endorphins, a number of studies in recent years have found it’s the body’s natural endocannabinoid system that’s responsible for generating the euphoric and peaceful sensation.

The company claims the gummies are formulated to simulate that effect. Beyond cannabinoids and caffeine, the gummies also contain B Vitamins, amino acids and Vitamin C.

“When it comes to long-distance running, one of the biggest drawbacks is having to carry water. It’s heavy and annoying,” said Tony Fur, Co-Founder of OFFFIELD. “We wanted to deliver on the same benefits as our Enhanced Hydration but optimized for a higher dose given the rigour of the activity. So, we began experimenting with gummies.”

The company develops its products at Offfield Labs. More than 200 athletes reportedly participated in the development of the initial batch of athletic gummies.

“We found that endurance athletes regularly take multiple supplements, liquids, and synthetic painkillers. Our goal was to provide a compact, portable, and plant-based alternative,” said Dr. Mark Farber, the chief scientific officer at OFFFIELD. “Offfield Labs gave us a diverse test group ranging in age, location, and sports, to find the optimal blend that would work across disciplines. After analyzing the feedback, we successfully reformulated the gummy.”

Dr. Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, previously told The New York Times that there are two different reasons for potentially using cannabinoids while training, including improving endurance and speeding up recovery.

“There’s a lot of overlap in terms of the pathways that are activated between what’s known as a runner’s high and the high that comes from THC,” he said. “Both of those involve activation of the endocannabinoid system, so it’s not too surprising that THC might be used to enhance the runner’s high that’s gained from endurance exercise.”

CBD meanwhile, has been found to lower the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body, potentially allowing athletes to recover faster.

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