By Mollie Wilson
Being an athlete is hard. It is demanding. It's probably one of the toughest things out there to be. Sometimes people get this notion that athletes are basically having fun. Earning cool money while having fun. The dream life and not the 9-5 kind of job they have to turn up at. "Imagine getting paid for recreation! "They are wrong. Remember the time you went on that race and started panting after a while all out of breath. Or The time you went for what you wanted to be an intensive workout only for every fibre of muscle in your whole body to scream out in intense burning pain. Well, being an athlete is tougher than that. Way more demanding. It's a different ball game entirely so to speak.
Being an athlete demands a mix of endurance, perseverance, dedication and commitment. It also demands an unwavering positive belief and a serenity of mind. You need all these qualities if you are going to succeed as an athlete. If you are going to beat the many obstacles that come your way as an athlete. You need them and more if you are going to bounce back from the injuries and come back fit to compete again.
Yoga, a systematic practice that involves meditation, breath control, positive thinking, exercise, and relaxation, is able to provide many of these key traits that can determine if an athletic career is fulfilling or not. This ancient discipline provides a broad range of physical, spiritual, and mental training to its adherents and with its proven consistency in getting positive results, it is hardly surprising that Yoga has a lot of people who not only love it but are also dedicated partakers of it, myself included.
When I say myself, I chuckle a bit because my relationship with Yoga wasn't the conventional love at first sight stuff. It wasn't that I hated it or disliked the practice, it was simply that I was skeptical. I just did not see how sitting down in one corner, or on a mat, staring blankly into space (as I saw it then, I know better now) was going to help me become a better athlete or even a better person. In my opinion then, it simply showed that I had lots of idle time on my hands to blow sitting down in one corner and being unproductive. And athletes do not have lots of idle time. Between the strenuous training and exercise sessions which can take up a lot of time and energy, there wasn't even enough time to fulfil everyday life tasks and domestic duty. Definitely I thought, no time to spend laying on a mat, doing nothing useful. I just did not see the value in Yoga then and was consequently very skeptical of the concept.
How wrong I was.
That was what I would discover when I came to fully appreciate the immense benefits of Yoga. Me falling in love with Yoga was a classic case of an unpleasant situation somehow leading one to discover something good previously hidden to them. It was a process brought about by my Injuries.
Injuries are part of an athlete's life. They are almost inevitable in occurring at some point. The reason for this is not far-fetched. An athlete’s body takes a lot of punishment. A lot of stretching to the limits and conditioning. An immense amount of output is consistently demanded from the muscles and joints of an athlete. And despite the fact that as athletes, we learn how to condition our bodies to withstand a lot of stress and strain so as to be able to put out top notch performance, and consequently, are bodies become capable of withstanding higher levels of demand than that of a regular person, it still doesn't become unbreakable. So, injuries still happen.
After a particularly nasty injury of mine, my body was so badly broken in that I had serious doubts if I would be able to come back. Was I ever going to be able to stretch again with the same elegance as before? Was my body going to bounce back to normal healthy levels? I had doubts.
That's where my love story with Yoga begins. Someone suggested Yoga along with certain other things I was to do as I went into physical therapy in an attempt to bounce back. He promised if I followed it, I would be back on my feet in far less time than I initially expected. With some doubt at the beginning (after all I had just flippantly tried out yoga a few times in the past, and unsurprisingly didn't find it fulfilling), I began it. This time I had a solid purpose to drive me, so I dedicated myself to my yoga practices.
Long story short, it worked. It worked even better than I had expected. My yoga practices were extremely in getting me back on form. Especially the stretching exercises and the mind exercises. After getting back, I fully incorporated Yoga into my post workout regime for the remainder of my career. Now I'm retired from active athletics but I'm still a dedicated to the practice of Yoga. Even more, now that I get to dedicate more time to it, I have now had a greater appreciation of its immense benefit especially how it has helped me cope with the resurgence of old injuries picked up during my career. Sometimes the old injuries become inflamed and that can be quite painful. I find out that Yoga along with application of coconut + CBD oil, (which you might want to check out here if you are interested.) Helped to a great extent in my recovery from inflammation. As it did during the times, I was learning to stretch again using yoga during my recovery period. All in all, I'm just really grateful I discovered Yoga as it not only proved valuable during my career, it has also continued to be of immense benefit to me even after my career. I would encourage all athlete, at any level, to partake in Yoga not only as a recovery practice but also as preventative care for your mental and physical body.
After a long winter, warmer weather is finally upon us. And along with the milder temperatures comes BBQ season. So get your grill and spatula ready to fire up some delicious dishes you can enjoy outdoors with friends and family!
From burgers to hot dogs to grilled veggies and beyond, there's something about barbequing that symbolizes summer. This season, try adding a little something extra to the traditional sauces that you like to lather on your meats and veggies — like cannabis.
Adding cannabis edibles to your grilled delights can provide both you and your guests with an enhanced dining experience. The secret is to add marijuana it to your sauce. Cannabis-infused BBQ sauce allows you to tamper with all sorts of different meals while delivering serious flavor.
The question is, how can you infuse your BBQ sauce with marijuana? Here are a few recipes to try out, as well as one ready-made sauce you can buy that already comes infused with cannabis.
Ganja Juice Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce
If you're looking for something that's ready to go without having to figure out recipes and ingredients, Ganja Juice BBQ sauce is available for purchase. Infused with THC, this sauce will entertain both your palate and your mind.
This sauce includes a unique blend of spices and seasonings along with cannabis-infused oil that provides the perfect dose of THC. Use it for meals at home or take it with you while on the go to enjoy THC with any meal no matter where you happen to be.
You can use it as-is or incorporate it into your own recipe to concoct something truly unique.
Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce Recipes
If you're the type to tinker with different recipes and create something homemade right from your kitchen, then try out any one of these cannabis-infused BBQ sauce recipes to season your next grilled meal.
Mary Jane’s Marijuana BBQ Sauce
Creating something in your own kitchen can be fun, but what you don't necessarily want is anything overly complicated. Luckily, this particular sauce recipe from Cannabis Cheri is both delicious and easy to make. Requiring only a handful of ingredients, you can whip it up in no time. Blending both sweet and spicy flavors, this marijuana barbecue sauce will drive the flavor factor way up on just about any type of grilled food, including beef, pork, ribs, chicken, and even veggies and tofu.
This recipe includes 20 mg THC per 1/4 cup serving, though you may want to mess around with the dosing to suit your particular needs. Like any other marijuana recipe, the key is to start on the low end of the spectrum with your dosing and slowly work your way up to achieve the desired effect.
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/4 cup cannabis-infused vegetable oil
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
24 oz ketchup
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup yellow or brown mustard
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
Salt to taste
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add garlic, stir for another minute, then add the chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Add all remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often. Allow to cool before using.
Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce
Eat Your Cannabis' version of cannabis-infused BBQ sauce is a little more on the sweet side, given the main ingredients: honey and brown sugar. A classic type of BBQ sauce, honey-based sauces add just the right amount of sweetness to your meats, and this particular recipe takes things a step further by blending marijuana into the mix. Any item you grill will match perfectly with this honey BBQ sauce. You may even want to use it as a sauce base for your sandwiches!
1/3 oz finely ground cannabis flower
3 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup apricot nectar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
3/4 can tomato paste
1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp chili powder
Dash of cayenne pepper
In a crock pot, combine the vegetable oil, ground cannabis flower, green onion, lime juice and water, and cook on low for 2 hours. Add all other ingredients, mix well, and cook on low for another hour, stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container in fridge before serving.
Texas-Style BBQ Sauce
You won't get a more authentic BBQ sauce than a Texas-style version, and this recipe delivers in serious taste. And with a dab of cannabis included in the recipe, you can enjoy a nice buzz along with your dancing taste buds. Try Bloom Farm’s cannabis-infused Texas-style BBQ recipe for your next barbeque’d meal.
1 small onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup cannabutter
1 cup ketchup
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup molasses
3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the water, ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and molasses and heat until the mixture starts to simmer. Add the onion, garlic, and celery and continue to simmer for about 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add all remaining ingredients, and puree until smooth. Cool in the fridge.
There are so many creative ways to enjoy cannabis, especially when it comes to edibles. While you can still enjoy the traditional cannabis cookie or other baked goods, adding marijuana to other food products like BBQ sauces is a unique way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while tempting your taste buds at the same time.
Take your backyard barbeques to new heights with any one of these delicious cannabis-infused BBQ sauces!
This article originally appeared on myfoli.com