I noticed another trend with practiced pothead runners: they were vaping, not smoking. Was my method of ingestion to blame for my first bad stoned-running experience? I asked Dr. Weiss.
Vape, don’t smoke
Though Dr. Weiss didn’t advocate getting high before running, he admitted that getting high and running is better than not running at all. He also said that if you're going to get stoned before a run, you should vape, so as to avoid the pulmonary irritation that accompanies smoking.
“Vaporizing the marijuana reduces the harmful effects of the smoke, plus it offers a greater level of chemical extraction,” Dr. Weiss said. “Ingestion does make a difference.”
I’d smoked before my first stoned run, which meant my heart rate raised mildly, possibly leading to increased blood pressure and cardiac output. These elevated heart rate and blood pressure levels could last from two to four hours, Dr. Weiss said.