Long-distance runner Flavie Dokken is partnering with Wana Brands to promote cannabis products as a beneficial element of athletes’ training and pain relief regimen. Before her workouts and after, Dokken uses cannabis products to accentuate her endurance and her strength, echoing a broader trend among professional athletes. Wana Brands has taken notice.
“With Wana – especially with Wana being in Boulder – I was well aware of the brand,” Dokken says. “I really loved what they were doing with the community … and the culture and the way they were approaching the industry.”
Dokken’s cannabis use began in the aftermath of her time in the U.S. Army. She came home to nurse a stress fracture and ongoing chronic pain. To deal with the physical ailments, she started experimenting with cannabis
From there, Dokken embarked on a career as a professional bodybuilder and continued her cannabis experiments.
In recent years, she has become a competitive ultramarathoner in Colorado; this year; she’s eyeing several 100k races. In February, she clocked a 6:50 mile pace in the Mad Moose Pueblo Half Marathon. Whether she’s lifting in the gym or running on the trail, Dokken has found success in accenting her workouts with CBD-rich edibles and capsules.
“The first way I tried it was after workouts, kind of to alleviate the pain,” she says. “Also, it’s very beneficial to bring your body back to some balance—your heart rate and everything—especially when it comes to extreme sports.”
With the spectrum of products and delivery systems available on the market today, including Wana Brands’ highly visible gummie line, it’s easier than ever to blend cannabis into an athletic training routine. Whether athletes should or not is a question that begets numerous considerations, like professional league policies, health ramifications and, on some level, a persistent social stigma.