But should we mix marijuana and sports? Is it wise to smoke a marijuana cigarette before going surfing? Asks Surfer Today..
In a time when surfing stoned is once again a reality in some of the world’s most crowded lineups, we decided to list the negative effects of surfing while high.
The downsides of smoking weed and catching waves should make us think. But, as always, it will end up being a very personal choice. Is it really worth it to surf stoned? Maybe not. Here’s why:
1. Balance: THC interferes with the cerebellum and basal ganglia, the brain areas that regulate balance, posture, and coordination;
2. Reaction Time: pot lowers the reaction time, which will impact on wave analysis, and decision-making;
3. Disorientation: make no mistake – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will make you lose the sense of reality, and you may feel uncomfortable and disorientated;
4. Paranoia and Fear: if you smoke more marijuana than your body allows you to, the anxiety levels will skyrocket, and the psychoactive constituent of cannabis will rule your ride. In big wave conditions, expect an increase in fear levels and loss of confidence;
5. Heart Palpitations: weed accelerates your heart rate and the risk of suffering a heart attack increases;
6. Coughing and Mucus: cannabis particles, and smoking in general, irritate the throat and lungs, making it harder for you to paddle for waves.
7. Short-Term Memory: smoking marijuana affects the cognitive performance, so how will you remember a great surfing session if you’re high?