Sarah said she is not getting high on runs, rather a “form of micro-dosing” that helps with various things runners deal with on long, gruelling sessions.

“I’ll take the occasional hit while out on a run,” she said. “So I’m not getting blasted on a bong or a joint before a run, I wouldn’t be able to leave the house. It’s just a small hit now and then throughout the run.”

Many runners are turning to marijuana to help with training for races, and even during races. Photo: Reuters

Sarah, who competes regularly on Hong Kong’s trail running circuit, said taking small hits of weed has multiple benefits for runners.

“I find it helps with pain management, stops any nausea I would get, meaning that I could better consume nutrition, and just made the entire experience more pleasant.”

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