All April long, we’re celebrating the way that cannabis combines perfectly with an active, outdoor lifestyle in our local area. This week, we’re focusing on biking and edibles— a great activity paired with a great way to enjoy cannabis anywhere you are.
All week long, we’ll be offering 25% off a different edibles brand every day in our store and online. But we want to do more than just give you the best quality edibles at the best possible prices— we want to help you have an amazing time enjoying the beauty of nature, too.
Berkeley is an amazing place to enjoy a range of trails, from the paved and flat to the wild and mountainous. Here are our five favorite spots in Berkeley to have a ride, plus our recommendations for the best way to bring edible cannabis into your active life for the best results.
The Best Bike Trails in Berkeley
Beautiful, paved, and relatively chill, Nimitz Way is one of the best bike rides in the Berkeley area. The best part? Amazing views the entire way of the whole Bay Area. If you want to get away from the crowds, you just need to get past the slightly crowded first couple of miles.
Berkeley Marina Loop Trail
One of our favorite parts of Berkeley is seeing the sailboats down at the marina. The Berkeley Marina Loop Trail is a great way to see the whole marina by bike. It’s a 5-mile loop that’s flat the whole way around, and here’s some Berkeley history for you: In the 1960s, the city wanted to fill in this whole area before the Save the Bay movement said ‘Uh, no.’ They stopped the plan and filled the area with parks and trails. Close call.
If you’re looking for a nighttime ride, the Ohlone Greenway is a great option because it’s lit by the 24/7 lights of the nearby BART train tracks. This trail also lets you go as short or as long as you want, up to over 10 miles of flat, paved greenway.
If you’re looking for a real long ride, the Observatory hill trail connects with almost 30 miles of trails— and every inch of them is filled with beautiful trees, amazing views, and basically everything we love most about living in Berkeley.
If you’re guessing that a trail and mountain named after the devil will be a bit of a challenge, you’re right. If you want a real adventure, the Mt. Diablo loop follows 80 miles of occasionally strenuous trail. But you’ll be rewarded with the chance to really get away from it all and feel like you’re out in the wilds. By the time you get back, you’ll be ready for a trip of another kind.
How to Combine Edibles & Exercise
Edibles have been growing more popular for long-distance fitness enthusiasts, but you don’t have to be a high-intensity road biker to enjoy their benefits on your ride. Even a casual ride can be enhanced through safe and responsible cannabis use, particularly with edibles.
First, consider the type of edible you choose— sativa, indica, or CBD-rich.
CBD-based edibles may not induce any euphoric effects, but CBD is well known for its therapeutic benefits as well as its ability to reduce inflammation. These traits can help you reach peak relaxation while enjoying a laid-back ride while also helping treat any swelling or soreness you may have along the way.
A sativa-based edible may provide more stimulating and uplifting effects during your ride, which can be great if you really want to push the distance and intensity. If you’re in it for a nice view on a smooth course, an indica-based edible may be a better choice thanks to the relaxing effects they sometimes have.
That said, sativa and indica classifications can be less important than cannabinoid and terpene profile. Terpenes are more than just aromatic elements of cannabis— they also help give it its beneficial effects.
If you opt for a THC-heavy edible variety, we recommend starting low and slow— particularly before a ride. Edibles must pass through your body’s digestive system before their effects are felt, which means it can take a couple of hours to kick in. Keep that in mind when planning your dosage before a ride. If you like the boost you can get midway through a workout, time your dosage accordingly!
Some people prefer their edibles post-exercise, helping aid with recovery and making for a great and relaxing cooldown as you remember the beautiful surroundings you’ve just experienced on your ride. If that’s the case, you can go for a higher dose— but always stay within your comfort zone.
We think that edibles and bicycles are the perfect match. All week long, get 25% off a new edibles brand every day at Farmacy Berkeley. Then break out the bikes and take in the beautiful sights of our local trails!