March 2017

World’s First Ever Marijuana Gym is Opening in San Francisco California

A San Francisco fitness center slated to open this fall will motivate customers to use weed as part of their fitness routine.

Power Plant Fitness customers are going to have the choice to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym’s preferable kind of cannabis, while they’re at the fitness center. Desired edibles will be brought by a delivery service to the fitness center within 15 minutes after customers place orders, said owner Jim McAlpine. Adult-use, recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it can be sold exclusively by dispensaries. Using marijuana in public is prohibited. The fitness center is going to have designated space for those inhaling pot.

The gym, which advertises itself as the world’s first cannabis fitness center, touts using the drug for meditation, focus and pain.

McAlpine, who’s already hosting Power Plant boot camps, wants people understand this isn’t going to be “a stoner gym.” The focus is still on fitness even if cannabis use is welcome.

“For the people that it affects the right way that was right, cannabis can make working out fun,” McAlpine said. “If you make it more fun, people are going to do it more.”

McAlpine said cannabis helps him control his weight and focus during workouts. But, he said this isn’t the situation for everybody.

When customers join the gym, McAlpine said they’ll undergo a cannabis performance evaluation. That means staff will evaluate customers during a sober workout as well as a workout after using cannabis.

McAlpine, who also founded the 420 Games, said he expects at least half of the customers won’t be an excellent fit for cannabis-influenced workouts.

“This isn’t something where we’re telling somebody to do this,” McAlpine said. “It’s an option to consider.”

Dr. Marc J. Romano, director of medical services at Delphi Behavioral Health in Florida, said people could feel more relaxed when using and working out. The World Anti-Doping Agency actually mentions research saying cannabis can give an edge to athletes by reducing stress, enabling users to perform better under pressure.

“If your awareness cognition is in any way impaired, you might be a risk to those around you,” Romano said.

Dr. Sue Sisley, who has ran FDA-approved clinical trails on cannabis and recently served on a panel at SXSW with McAlpine, said physicians have to be cynical.

“We’ve never been subjected to the concept of cannabis as medicine,” Sisley said. “We’ve been systematically misled.”

“Bottom line is the plant is really benign,” she said. “It has a very mild side effect profile. It’s far less toxic than many of the prescriptions I write every day.”

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Actor Patrick Stewart Supports Oxford University’s Marijuana Research Program

The program will analyze the function of cannabis medications in treating pain, cancer and inflammatory diseases.

It follows calls from some MPs for legalization of cannabis on medical reasons, with such calls being backed by 58 per cent this past year.

In the last few years, studies have supported the medical value of cannabis for treating ailments for example multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and arthritis, and for coping with nerve pain.

The new program is a partnership between Kingsley Capital Partners and Oxford University, who are investing £10m an attempt to create an international center of excellence in cannabinoid research.

Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at Oxford, Ahmed Ahmed, said studies had began to make exciting biological discoveries, which might lead to new treatments for a host of different ailments.

“This area holds great promise for developing innovative therapeutic opportunities for cancer patients,” he said.

The program has received uncommon support – from actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who uses medical marijuana to treat ortho-arthritis.

He told the Telegraph: “Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a physician and given a note which gave me legal permission to buy, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands.”

Routine usage of an ointment and chewy bar had enabled him to sleep through the night, while spraying his hands during the day had brought back mobility in his hands, he said, allowing him to make fists.

“As an outcome of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan,” he said.

The actor said he expected the research would help him and millions of others.

“This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that’s for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance.”

Now neither the Conservative nor Labour Party officially supports legalizing cannabis for medical use. Both Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have called for legalization for medical use for a while.

Sativex – a prescription-only drug used by patients afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis – is the sole licensed cannabis-based product in the Britain and is given to help facilitate muscle spasms. Nonetheless it’s doesn’t cause a high and is non-psychoactive.

NHS rationing bodies have rejected its use saying it was too costly to justify.

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