Review: Riding Motocross After Smoking Pot

This article was written for the site by Lotus, who you may remember as the author of the article on driving while high. What you are about to read is a really, really bad idea. You should not attempt to do anything described in this article unless you want to die. With that out of the way…


One of the greatest things about weed that I’m sure all smokers can attest to is how it makes almost every activity better in some way. From the sedentary lifestyle of sitting in front of the TV or computer screen to getting outside and exercising, everything just seems better. And, to most of us, we can do these things without much sacrifice to skill level or reflexes.

So, with this in mind, I decided to combine my two loves: marijuana and motocross. To protect my identity, I won’t release the information about my bike. But know that I’m an intermediate level rider (to the layman, this is, in MX racing class terms, the level just under pro or expert) who has over ten years of riding and racing experience under his belt. My bike is a finely tuned race machine, and under inexperienced hands it has the capability to cause serious harm.

The weed used was some fine dank. I remember it clearly, because you don’t come across blueberry often. The high was strong, but pretty energetic, so I was confident that I would have the motivation to ride. I wasn’t so sure how my competence on the bike would fair, but I was hoping for an exciting time.

Before I go on, I would like to mention that, contrary to popular belief, motocross is a very physically and mentally demanding sport. Many are under the impression that you just sit down, twist the throttle, and the bike does the rest for you. We aren’t on a highway, and we aren’t riding Harleys. Motocross is compared to soccer in terms of physical exhaustion, and is as mentally demanding, or more so, than F1 racing. With my rant out of the way, let’s continue.

I arrived around mid-day, probably about 11:30 am. I immediately pulled out my pipe and smoked an entire bowl of the tasty blueberry. I waited a few minutes for it to take full effect, and suited up in the mean time. Getting on the bike, my heart was racing. I had done this a thousand times, but the blueberry was making me very paranoid and anxious. When I started the bike, however, all those anxious thoughts instantly reversed.

I was no longer nervous, but I had tons of energy. I started to ride around the track slowly, partly to warm up myself and my bike for the ride, and also to check out the track, so nothing was a surprise. I noticed that it was a perfect day. The sky was clear, with a few happy, white clouds up in the sky. It was getting very hot, something I strangely adore. I’m going to guess that it was probably about 94˚ at this point.

The deep sound of my exhaust was crisp and throaty. My bike was warmed up, and I was ready to go. I started to go at racing speed, and the movements came naturally. I felt very in tune with the bike, and the experience was bettered by the weed. I didn’t feel distracted or impaired whatsoever, though I have no lap times to confirm this.

Every lean into a corner felt to be in slow motion. I could micromanage my riding with incredible ease. I don’t know if this actually improved my speed, but it did make me ride smoother, which is a definite plus. I was looking forward to the jumps, knowing how well everything else was going. Coming up to the first big one, I was more nervous than usual, and I hesitated slightly on the throttle. This wasn’t a problem, however; as when I finally grew some balls, I was able to add enough speed to clear it with ease.

Something I think about quite often while high is how it would feel to fly. Well I suppose it would take a hang glider to actually achieve this sort of idea, but I did get pretty close while riding. Much like the corners were in slow motion, so were the jumps. I had a great feeling of weightlessness, but I was also very tight in the air. When in the air you want to be as loose as possible, so you can correct any effects the wind, or anything else might have on you. It was difficult to loosen up, so I would say the weed definitely impaired that aspect of riding.

Yes, I was feeling good, and riding somewhere around average. The experiment was coming along quite nicely, but, sadly, it seems all good things must come to an end. As the lap progressed, and my adrenaline was growing, I could feel the weed high slipping away. By halfway through only the second lap, it was completely gone.

So what’s my final verdict? Marijuana and motocross, though great separately, and alliterating quite nicely together, just can’t be mixed. I believe that a less sativa dominant strain, which might impair my physical abilities, could be very dangerous. Not being able to loosen myself up in the air is enough of a problem that if I couldn’t fix it, I wouldn’t want to ride high very often even if I could.

I’d give riding while high a 5/10. If you’re a competent motocrosser, you should do it, but probably just once. In such a high risk environment as a motocross track, it’s just irresponsible to add extra obstacles. That said, I intend to try riding on LSD sometime in the future, so maybe that will fare some intriguing results.



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3 Responses to “Review: Riding Motocross After Smoking Pot”

  1. Frank Says:

    Riding well produces a high like any sport can. Weed enhances sensation (a pretty redundant idea) – but to a distorted level – so when you succeed it feels extra good; and bad, extra bad. If you are a good rider you may feel success enhanced but in reality your performance will be comprimised as with any interference of your natural chemistry. It is irresponsible to endorse this as there are young folks who may consider such an experiment and fail – and we all know failures at the MX track can be deadly.

    LSD weakens your grasp of reality much further by allowing your subconcious to intrude on the sensory intake. Think of how it may go if you begin to dream while awake – simply put, you are optimistic in idiotic proportion. A false reading of reality at 50 MPH can lead to a handlebar through the head.

  2. Frank Says:

    dumb risk to take for your safety – not to mention risk to others if any are on the track with you

  3. Lotus Says:

    Frank I don’t disagree with anything you’ve said, you are absolutely right on all accounts. Riding alone absolutely produces highs in the form of adrenaline and endorphins and such, and you certainly don’t NEED marijuana to enhance it. However, I have a lot of experience with riding, it’s pretty much as easy as walking for me, and I have nearly as much experience being high. Clearly I am not being completely safe here, but I was on an empty, private track, with a friend there keeping an eye on me. And I’m one who recognizes his limits and does not push them. That’s why I mentioned many time throughout the article and the editor even added a disclaimer, that the vast majority of people should not try this, and it is a very dangerous experiment only to be exercised by the most experienced racers.

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