What % of xc skiers use cannabis?

by Bob Truman on October 16, 2018

in XC

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Probably the only thing on which I agree with Trudeau is the legalization of marijuana, but I hope I don’t have to smell cannabis smoke while climbing the big hill on Moraine Lake road this winter. The rules are, however, that, starting tomorrow, smoking marijuana is legal on trails in the national parks.

You can smoke pot in Banff National Park campsites and on trails — but not in the town itself”

I could be wrong, but I doubt if this post will be relevant to more than a tiny percentage of my readers. 

I tried it once but that’s the extent of my experience with weed. I may have to revisit this, however, because I’ve heard it can ease the aches and pains which come with old age. 🙂  🙂  🙂

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1 MaSid October 21, 2018 at 9:11 am

For those interested, check the closure/bulletin page for BNP (a link in the trail report page). they have instituted a restricted activity order surrounding the hot springs, for no cannabis smoking/vaping, to facilitate safety and improved visitor experience. It must be a hot pot spot.


2 MaSid October 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

I wouldn’t expect to experience any notable change of use in the backcountry. Car camping sites might be a challenge on long weekends when alcohol Is banned. Likley more “infractions” initially than when it was illegal? Be interesting to see how things are enforced in the parks. Ski resorts are probably working on an updated liability statement for the season opening. Snow couches might be more popular. (-; No issues where I was hiking today in BNP. The celebration must have happened elsewhere.


3 Bob Truman October 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

This comment(which came via email) was submitted by a reader who wished to remain anonymous:

Tomorrow and going forward won’t change anything for me. I’ve been a cannabis consumer for over 30 years. Most people I know are oblivious. I’m extremely discreet and try to ensure that it stays that way. It has helped me with depression, anxiety, sore joints (pardon the pun) and is very effective helping me get a good night’s sleep.

I have partaken mid-ski a number of times, but not all the time. A lot less in recent years. When I have, it’s always been off-trail, and never around kids. Because of my long-term use and tolerance, I don’t feel impaired unless I consume an edible, which I’ve only ever done at home. I’m very responsible and would never put myself or others at risk. Having said that, I’ve actually been planning on starting a specialized gourmet cookie bakery for the past 18 months and already have many of the pieces in place. Could make the Cookie Race a lot more interesting!


4 Julie October 17, 2018 at 7:03 am

Being active in the outdoors is my high. I hope that we don’t need to smell it everywhere we go when enjoying our hikes and skiing.


5 JeremyN October 29, 2018 at 9:33 pm

I’ll second that sentiment of my natural ‘self-brewed’ endorphin and anandamide high-lighting up my frontal lobe!


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