Medical marijuana: Run on Grass promotes pot as an athletic performance enhancer

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Georgia Edson.
"Most people think someone who wants to end marijuana prohibition sits on the couch eating Cheetos and watching bad TV all day -- someone who isn't necessarily a motivated person," says Georgia Edson. "And that's so untrue."

This message helps power Run on Grass, Edson's new organization, which aims to change the public's perception of marijuana users.

Edson, the wife of attorney and marijuana advocate Warren Edson, neither smokes nor ingests marijuana. Rather, she uses cannabis-based topical products to treat her bursitis. But she's a strong proponent of marijuana reform, and she thinks one key to advancing this mission is dismantling what she calls "the typical stoner image" that's cemented in the minds of most people not involved in reform efforts.

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Georgia Edson speaking at a NORML event.
"I think the medical marijuana movement spends a lot of time preaching to the choir," she says. "We definitely know who our fan base is. But there are a whole bunch of people who don't fit that stereotype. I'm a runner, and I have a friend who lives in Crested Butte who's always telling me about world-class rock climbers who use cannabis as a performance enhancer. A little bit helps them focus and concentrate when they climb. And I thought, how can we get the message out to people who might not regularly bump up against someone who's a cannabis user."

With that in mind, Edson and a fellow runner began participating in assorted races, from 5Ks to marathons, as Team Run on Grass. And every time she's donned a T-shirt with the name, she's attracted plenty of attention. "People will stop me in the middle of a run," she says. "Some people think it's a joke -- ha, ha, ha, very funny. But it gave me a great opportunity to educate people about cannabis."

She hopes to build on this success by getting other people to join Team Run on Grass. This past week, the organization staged a fundraiser to help cover entry fees for races, thereby helping "to further educate people about the truth and benefits of cannabis, and about how silly prohibition is."

Team members are expected to participate in a series of upcoming events -- the Run the Rocks 5K in Morrison on Saturday, October 16; the Hoofin It Through the Hallows 5K in Centennial on Saturday, October 22, and the Rocky Run Aurora, Saturday October 29 in Aurora.

Learn more at the Run on Grass Facebook page.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Warren Edson, District 8 candidate, says he's 1st politician born of medical marijuana movement."

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janey3244
janey3244

I have been a lapswimmer for years.  I swim twice as far and twice as long when I smoke marijuana before swimming. 

Bob Smith
Bob Smith

While in the Air Force in the 60s I played a lot of fast pitch softball (yes, it used to be a game for guys, till they discovered beer bellies go better with slow pitch) at a fairly high competition level, as a third baseman and later pitcher. I regularly smoked before playing, found it helped with the concentration needed to hit something coming that fast from that close (catch it, too) even though it probably slowed me some in reality. I really think it helped with pitching, tho I don't have any Dock Ellis tales to tell; I could narrow everything down to the catcher's glove and hit it.

While in Thailand my team regularly used a bit of speed and a bit of pot before games. We were good enough to play against The King and His Court - lost 2-1, though, no fairy tales here.

I mostly just hike now and like others have found that a bit goes a long way - but then, it did back then too, when the stuff was way less potent.

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

In 1970 there was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter on LSD.

His account >

I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me.

A little off topic but it made me think of this.

TheLanarchist
TheLanarchist

f that stuff, way call it medical, some just like to smoke weed and not drink , if i want to brew beer or wine i can, and drink it, people should be able to grow weed and smoke it.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Cannabis was brought here by aliens for humans to use... In our use of the drug we must explore and reach that higher vibration which the aliens intended.  To know the use of the herb is to enhance where needed.

Alex
Alex

I am all for marijuana reform, but let's not compare your average stoner with a runner who rubs topical herb on her skin for treatment.  Not exactly apples to apples, there...

Guest Who
Guest Who

Tim Lincecum won 2 out of the last 3 Cy Yung awards, he might be the best pitcher in Baseball. He smokes a lot of marijuana.

Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer who ever lived. He smokes a lot of Marijuana.

Randy Moss holds almost every WR record not held by Jerry Rice, and he is a shameless marijuana smoker.

Ricky Williams is an NFL Running Back, ok bad example...

William Breathes
William Breathes

Bob, you get the coolest story of the day award in my book. Thanks so much for commenting!

Guest Who
Guest Who

I think he hit like 7 batters too lol

No-Hitter is not a Perfect game. His stuff was WILD that day. 

Jake Browne
Jake Browne

I think the point is that there is no "average stoner". Medical marijuana users are a diverse group and the stereotype of a 20 something male in his parents basement with a bong is as outdated as "Reefer Madness" level propaganda.

Alex Miller
Alex Miller

Great examples, but those guys aren't using it as a "performance enhancer" like this lady is advocating.  I'm definitely pro-marijuana, but getting high and climbing rocks does not sound like a great idea to me.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Considering the use of cannabis by Bushmen in the Kalahari desert for the purpose of focusing their attention when stalking animals, there is certainly a basis for crediting the anecdotes Georgia recounts about its use by expert rock climbers.  My own experience while hiking is that it is a mixed blessing and should be used with discretion.  The headline's assertion that "Run on Grass promotes pot as an athletic performance enhancer" may suggest to you (and everyone else) that smoking cannabis is being promoted as an aid to athletic performance, but the article indicates that Georgia uses only a topical application of cannabis to alleviate symptoms of bursitis.  The choice of a name for the event may not be a felicitous one, but there is no justification for insinuating such an absurdity.

Guest Who
Guest Who

I would not rule out that Moss, Lincecum, or Phelps use it as a performance enhancer!!

Phelps swims EVERYDAY all day, and probably gets high during a lot of his training.

Lincecum is a pitcher so maybe...

and MOSS? LOL he will admit he smokes weed before he gets on the field 

Monkey
Monkey

Oh it is great, cannabis brings me great focus and mental clarity, great for sports that force you to live in the present moment, rock climbing, skydiving, target shooting. It's not like a stimulant that gives you energy to run but more like a meditative awareness that aids in the task at hand. Stoners that sit on the couch would be sitting on the couch even without marijuana.

Guest Who
Guest Who

I know you didn't say it was a perfect game.

I'm just saying it was far from a perfect game. One of the funniest parts of the whole story is how he really was pitching a wild game, which is probably what made him so unhittable. 

William Breathes
William Breathes

Interesting, Robert. I think we share similar ideas on cannabis and hiking. Also, I personally find that cannabis (sativa strains, specifically) in smaller doses is a perfect way to calm the nerves and focus my energy when tree skiing and moderate side-country riding. Extreme backcountry days, though, I leave the bowls for first thing in the morning and first thing when we get back to the car/camp for the night.

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